Posts Tagged ‘municipal railway’

OMG, McAllister Street to Become a Two-Way August 4th – All the Way to Market for Bikes, MUNI, and Taxis

Monday, August 1st, 2011

Well, here you go – in four short days, McAllister will become a fully two-way street.

This should speed up the #5 Fulton inbound, huh?

And now there’s even less excuse to use the Wiggle bike route (as McAllister and Divisadero make up a superior route to and from the Panhandle, sorry for saying that over again but it’s totally true.)

The News of the Day: 

“The SFMTA Announces Reconfiguration of McAllister Street

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all surface transportation in the City, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced that, effective Thursday, Aug. 4, McAllister Street east of Hyde Street will be reconfigured. Also, Charles J. Brenham Place (7th Street north of Market) will be converted to two-way. The traffic reconfiguration and correlated completion of the overhead contact system (OCS) rehabilitation in this area mean that the nearly 16,000 annual 5 Fulton Muni trolley bus customers will now have a more direct trip downtown. The change will save the Agency more than $200,000 a year in operating expenses.

Effective Aug. 4, the new configuration will allow Muni, commercial vehicles and bicycles to travel eastbound on McAllister Street between Hyde Street and Charles J. Brenham Place. All other eastbound McAllister traffic will continue to turn right at Hyde Street. Only bicycles, taxis and Muni vehicles will be allowed to turn east on Market Street from McAllister Street. All other traffic will be required to turn right onto Market Street. All traffic will be able to make a right turn from northbound Charles J. Brenham Place (7th Street north of Market Street) onto eastbound McAllister Street to access the block between Charles J. Brenham Place and Jones Street. The attached maps show the changes in the traffic configuration.

The current 5 Fulton route requires inbound vehicles heading downtown to make a right on Hyde Street and then a left on Market Street. The new route, made possible by new overhead wires in the eastbound direction, will allow buses on this route to go straight to Market Street, saving up to three minutes per trip. The changes to the 5 Fulton route will take effect after the testing of the new OCS in August.

The SFMTA’s Capital Investment Program includes the rehabilitation of the aging trolley bus OCS in various parts of the City. This vital work includes replacing existing poles and overhead wires. Rehabilitation of the OCS improves safety and service reliability and helps keeps Muni in a state of good repair. The OCS construction began last summer and was part of the 21 Hayes Pole Replacement project.”

Hurray?

Hurray!

MUNI Giveth, and MUNI Taketh Away – New Spruced Up Stops on the 21 Hayes Line

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Until recently, there were two bus stops on the same side of this short block of Hayes Street near Masonic. See?

But a few of the stops had to go away to comply with the new changes that came about on December 6, 2009.

The remaining stops got a bit of sprucing up last week, with red paint and what not:

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Of course there’s no shelter to replace the ones that got taken away, but you can’t have everything in Life, right? You can’t expect a minor bus line to have four stops just for itself within a 200 foot radius forever, right?

Hurray.

Today is the the Day MUNI is Eliminating Bus Stops on the 21 Hayes Bus Line

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

They call it Bus Stop Consolidation and it’s happening right now this morning on the #21 Hayes line. A crew comes along and the next thing you know, your favorite bus shelter is rolling down the street and into oblivion.

But amazingly, this block will still have one stop left (after losing two!) and then there are other stops close by. It’s sort of ridiculous to have one or two (on the same side of the street!) stops on every block, right?

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Hurray!

Thanks, MUNI. (Seriously.)

This MUNI Bus Commands San Franciscans to “Imagine No Religion”

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has a message for you.

As seen on Divisidero:

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Isn’t the stained glass theme a little sacralicious? Mmmmm.

Anyway, the bus ads match the billboards. Let’s hear from the FFRF:

“Without religion, Prop 8 would not have passed. It is a fact that organized religion was responsible for revoking marriage equality in California. Proposition 8 was conceived by the megachurches and church leaders, bankrolled by donors from denominations such as the Mormons and religious-right groups, and vociferously promoted from the pulpits of Roman Catholic, fundamentalist Protestant and Mormon churches,” added Gaylor.

O.K. then.

NIMBY Mentality Revealed in the MUNI / Union Street Showdown

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Apparently, there’ll be some showdown this afternoon at the City Hall SFMTA meeting regarding the proposal to add trailers to some buses on Union Street. That plan, according to some Cow Hollow NIMBYs, turns buses into “monsters.” Perhaps not as monstrous as this 300-passenger job from China or the Knight Bus, but enough to “destroy” the entire neighborhood.

Let’s hear from C.H.N. Marcie Judelson, from her recent letter to the Chronicle. Some excerpts from “No monster buses“:

“monster disturbing huge loud narrow totally inappropriate outraged struggling crippling noisy disturb ruin historic threatens destroy totally outrageous”

You get the idea.

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Here’s something to ponder – if 60-foot buses going down the street destroys the surrounding area, that means that all the other hoods in town with 60-foot buses have already  been destroyed, right? So all you godforsaken souls in the Mission and the Richmond, well you’re dead but you just don’t know it. How can you tolerate subsisting in your non-charming non-village?

That’s the NIMBY mentality.

But, maybe the buses will roll and Life in the Cow Hollow will go on as before?

Yes, in all probability, yes.

What’s MUNI’s Advice When Heading Inbound on a Bumpy Market Street?

Friday, August 28th, 2009

What’s MUNI’s Advice When Heading Inbound on a Bumpy Market Street?

HOLD ON, “PLEASE HOLD ON”

Now that’s good advice.

All buses eventuallty head towards the Ferry Building, it seems:

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Taken yesterday the very moment this Tweeting Hater (Twater?) Twittered to take me down a peg.

Oh well.

Union Street NIMBY Business Owners Have a Good Cry Over New Bus Stops

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Let’s check  in with the Cow Hollow area on Union Street, where lots and lots of business lots are for rent these days, per this recent bit from Sally Kuchar at CurbedSF. Well, here’s the news of the day: There’s a new proposal from MUNI to have bigger bus stops and longer buses on the 41 Union line.

The reaction? Crazy, Kramer-esque banners from millionaire homeowners. See? But don’t laugh, signs like these get results, sometimes. Like when the World’s Smallest Burger King over in the Inner Sunset went under after being subjected to one man’s incessant campaign. RangeLife has the story on that one.

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But let’s hear from today’s Union Street NIMBYs themselves. Happy reading!

60 FEET-LONG MONSTER MUNI BUSES
THREATEN TO PUT SMALL UNION STREET INN OUT OF BUSINESS
 
A SF Muni proposal is currently in the works to establish a 291 feet long Bus Terminus at Union & Fillmore. This is to accommodate 60 feet long articulated buses which are planned for service on Union Street. This act of folly places the terminus at the very doorstep of the Union Street Inn, and could place the very existence of the jewel-like Inn in jeopardy.
 
Objections to the ill-conceived plan voiced by merchants of the Union Street Association at recent meetings were summarily dismissed, leaving the impression that the plan is a done deal. The proceedings were termed “farcical” by some merchants.
 
The impact on The Union Street Inn and other merchants in the area could be crippling. With the small inn already struggling to survive in a bruising economy it is inconceivable to think that Muni would even consider removing five revenue-earning meters directly outside the Inn in order to make way for a totally inappropriate, peace-disturbing terminus that would start operation at 5 am and continue throughout the day.
 
Closure of the award-winning Inn would not only be a tragedy, wrought by bureaucracy run amok, but would also result in a loss of  $40,000 a year paid by the inn through the City Hotel Tax.
 
An appeal for intervention by Supervisor Alioto-Pier has, as yet, only elicited a polite formal response from a Legislative Assistant.
 
CONTACTS: David Coyle, Innkeeper, Union Street Inn, 2229 Union Street; Lesley Leonhardt, Union Street Merchants Assn.

A Rare Sighting of MUNI’s Green TheConnectedBus – One Down, 799 To Go

Monday, July 13th, 2009

This was the scene last week up at the Legion of Honor Museum in the Lincoln Park area of the Outer Richmond District.  It’s The Connected Bus.

This thing made a big splash last year. But then, nothing. Was NextBus integration an issue?

And weren’t we supposed to get 799 more WiFi-enabled buses? Think so.

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What gives?

“SFMTA/Muni announces the completion of its service schedule for the Connected Bus pilot project. Service ended May 15, 2009.

The Connected Bus improves the customer experience by providing wireless Internet access and interactive displaysof real-time information along the route, including the status of connecting routes at key transfer points.  In addition, it provides Muni operations with a running “health” check on the bus of the mileage, fuel use, internal bus systems, passenger loading, and maintenance schedules to improve efficiency and reliability of the fleet.  Instant “emergency” links from the touchscreen monitors to the bus operator and the police may one day provide added security features.”

So now it’s just a regular old disconnected bus?

The Bright Red Cable Cars of San Francisco – Absent from 1906 to 2008

Friday, May 15th, 2009

If you don’t spend a lot of time in Union Square, you miss out on things – like this bright red cable car for instance. It’s been plying the streets since last year. Look for it when you’re at next month’s troubled Bell Ringing Contest.

“June 9th, 2009: 47th Annual Cable Car Bell-Ringing ContestOperators of San Francisco’s world-famous cable cars make beautiful music in this annual competition.”

So mark your calendar. Now back to the special red car:

The “Bombay Roof” means it’s extra tall.

Everybody’s welcome to ride our cable cars, unless of course you’re a Los Angeles Dodgers fan.  In that case, No Ride For You!

All the deets on old #25.

“The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates the Municipal Railway (Muni), has welcomed back to our city’s streets one of the original cable cars that survived the 1906 quake. SFMTA craftsworkers have finished rebuilding an 1890 cable car in anticipation of decades of additional service and painted it in colors not seen on Powell Street since the 1906 Earthquake and Fire.

“Powell Street cable car number 25 was originally constructed 118 years ago in the shops of the Ferries and Cliff House Railway on the site of the current Muni cable car barn at Washington and Mason Streets. The cable car was heavily rebuilt by Muni craftsworkersin 1976 and rebuilt again even more extensively over the past two years. Car 25 is now virtually new, with very little of the original car remaining. To celebrate its place in San Francisco history, the car has been painted in the red and cream livery displayed by Powell Street cable cars at the time of the Earthquake and Fire of 1906.

Happy Anniversary, No. 25!