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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.”
You know, I read this and I think, “Wow, five bars on AT&T?* That’s pretty sweet, huh?” I mean, I’d put that info front and center in a craigslist “roommates wanted” ad, and then I’d open the blinds to prove to prospective roomies I was telling the truth.
Hey, why don’t we install a modern communications infrastructure in town** first, and then tune things up for aesthetics later?
If AT&T were to start stalking you, it would look like this:
Vaya con Gaia, AT&T. You should put your antennas wherever your engineers think it best.
“Joe Turner: I’d like to go back to the 415.
Joubert: You have not much future there. It will happen this way. You may be walking. Maybe the first sunny day of the spring. And a van will slow beside you, and a door will open, and someone you know, maybe even trust, will get out of the car. And he will smile, a becoming smile. But he will leave open the door of the van and offer to give you a lift.”
And then, kapow!
*I’ve never used the AT&T myself. I’m spoiled by the mad bars you can get from Sprint 24-7 (except for the basement of the State Building, the EMF Death Zone).
** You know, so we could finally catch up to Dubuque, Iowa or someplace.