Posts Tagged ‘SFMTA’

The 5th Anniversary of the SFMTA’s Proposed “Transportation Utility Fee” – Or, Why the SFMTA Doesn’t Feel Sorry for You After Towing Your Car

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Here you go:

Why is Towing So Expensive in San Francisco? By Farida Jhabvala – KQED News

And here’s the gritty nitty:

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See that? San Francisco County charges more than anybody. Why? Because it can.

And actually, it thinks you’re the deadbeat – I’ll explain.

What the SFMTA really wants is a steady supply of unlimited money, so that it doesn’t have to do anything it doesn’t want to, so that it can continue to hire and spend and hire and spend regardless of how it performs. The way to do that is to charge you hundreds of dollars a year, whether or not you ever ride on MUNI and even if you never violate any of the SFMTA’s parking rules.

The mechanism is called the “Transportation Utility Fee,” as described by Will Reisman here.

Of course, back then they were talking about $180 per year, but now we’ve got to pay for our share of the Central Subway (To Nowhere, still) and ever increasing overhead, so I think we’re talking about $250 per year with a built-in increase of like 10%, or, better yet, 9.9%.

I’m not saying we’re going to see the TUF soon, or ever, actually. What I’m saying is that this is what the SFMTA people think they deserve for being the all-knowing, all-seeing bureaucracy it thinks it is.

So if you complain about getting towed, our City Family thinks, “Well, gee, we should probably be towing you EVERY YEAR.” You know, so the SFMTA can get more money, for free.

So that’s why the SFMTA Doesn’t Feel Sorry for You After Towing Your Car and charging you the highest administrative towing fee of all of America’s 3000-something counties…

Let’s See Here, What’s Missing from the Back of This Facebook Bus Today? Uh, SFMTA Commuter ID Number?

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Yep:

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(Oh, I didn’t even see the license plate mounted down there at first. I saw the empty frame so I thought this ride was going commando, as so many others do. In mitigation, at least this bus has a license plate.)

In aggravation, the past dozen or so times I’ve checked to see the official COMMUTER SHUTTLE PILOT ID on the back of a FB Bus, it hasn’t been there. Is the trial over so we don’t need to have these ID numbers on FB buses anymore? IDK.

Moving on…

Hey Zuck? Why can’t you be more like Brand Y?

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IDK, Man, if I wanted this program to continue, I’d be meticulous about making sure these ID’s stayed on my buses.

Just saying…

Strange Taxi: “BUXI?” – What’s This?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

IDK:

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The Dog What DIDN’T Bark: Mansion-Dwelling Millionaires in the Western Addition Seem to Have No Problem with THE URBAN SCHOOL Construction

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

What’s this? It’s just a simple massive 50-feet steel beam double-parked for a long time in front of historic million-dollar-plus mansions.

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Why? Well, it’s a part of the lengthy, noisy extension at THE URBAN SCHOOL, a private high school what costs three times (3x) as much as tuition at our University of California campuses.

And yet, nary a peep I’ve heard from the nabes.

Just saying…

Stupor Bowl: Our Clumsy SFMTA Mistakenly Offers Up a Platform for People to Complain About Super Bowl 50 Disruptions

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Well here it is:

5 Tips for Getting Around SF During Super Bowl 50

And here’s just part of the reaction:

“Dear Aaron. Really, just blithely change your working hours or take vacation? Many of us can’t do that. Maybe you could acknowledge (without being snarky or a d bag) that this is going to screw a lot of people…”

“Here’s a big hint, SFMTA: 90% of the people who actually live and work in SF do not give a s#$t about the NFL or this party. We are not going to be happy about it no matter how much you try to spin it.”

“I’ve been following this fiasco and planned for a 1 week hiatus but 3 weeks?! And you’re just notifying Commuters now?!”

It goes on and on.

And, mind you, this Comments section, which looks like something you’d see on Reddit, SFGate or SFist, is being hosted at SFMTA.com.

QUESTION: Why does our sad-sack, POS local transit system feel the need to cheerlead for NFL Enterprises LLC?

Note to the NFL: If You Go Too Far with Corporate Sponsorships in San Francisco, You’re Going to Get Blowback – Sorry – Here’s an Example

Friday, January 15th, 2016

I don’t know who would pay a bunch of money for some advertising sculpture and then leave it out on a Western Addition sidewalk overnight, but it’s got to be somebody with a high tolerance for vandalism.

What our Local Host Committee might not have told you, NFL, is that Things Are Different Here, say compared with Atlanta, New Orleans, Orlando and all those other places filled with people who actually want you to come visit every seven years.

Sorry.

To make my point, let’s head on over to the Golden Gate Park Panhandle to check out this plaque celebrating General Motors (GM, actually Old GM, the one we had before the big bankruptcy):

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You see, back in the 1990’s, GM just gave us the low six figures it took to put in the beloved Panhandle Playground and all it asked in return was this wooden plaque. It’s says “WELCOME TO KID’S KINGDOM – DONATED BY YOUR LOCAL SATURN* DEALER.” Or at least it used to say that. But the corporate part got chiseled away, by angry hippies.

Sorry, GM.

Do you really want to come back to SF to hosts your parties  for Super Bowl 57 or SBLXII or whatever? I don’t think you do, NFL.

Hey, what about LA as your Permanent West Coast Venue?

Just asking…

*A kind of car at the time. The branding had an Apple-ish kid of appeal, at the time. Ironically, SF never even had a local Saturn dealer, but a local ad agency did the branding so we ended up with a free playground.

Don’t Laugh: If You Had San Francisco’s Abysmal SFMTA MUNI for YOUR Transit System, This is How You’d Get Around Too

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Possibly:

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Bundle up – El Nino is upon us…

It’s Chariot’s World Now – We’re Just Living In It

Monday, January 11th, 2016

They’re everywhere these days:

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OMG, Here It Is: The Full List of Street Closures for Super Bowl 50 – You’re Supposed to Comment Upon This But It’s Too Late Now, Of Course

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Here’s the news:

“Not only does this list seem lengthy, but it’s really going before ISCOTT less than a month before the closures are needed? Doesn’t seem like that makes it truly open to change.

Here

from: here

Indeed, it does.

Oh well.

Of course, some will benefit and some will lose with the Super Bowl L. Does this nuanced attitude make me a Debbie Downer in eyes of our local SB promoters? It sure does.

Oh well.

Indeed.

“ISCOTT AGENDA
INTERDEPARTMENTAL STAFF COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION FOR
TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES

Meeting of January 14, 2016 – Thursday, 9:00 AM 1377th Regular Meeting
Meeting Location: One South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, Room #6052/3
Note the change of location for this hearing
MINUTES OF THE DECEMBER 17, 2015 MEETING (ACTION ITEM)
The Committee to adopt the Minutes.

PUBLIC COMMENT
Members of the public may address ISCOTT members on matters that are within
ISCOTT purview and are not on today’s agenda.

TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
These proposed actions are an Approval Action as defined by S.F. Administrative
Code Chapter 31.

TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
A. Jessie Street between 6th and Mint Streets; Mint Street between Jessie and
Mission Streets; Intersection: Jessie Street at Mint Street
Friday, February 5, 2016, 8 AM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 3 AM
Big Game Event Red Carpet at Mezzanine
B. Quesada Avenue between Lane and Keith Streets
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 9 AM to
Friday, February 5, 2016, 5 PM
Rebuilding Day Kickoff Event
C. Eastbound Terry Francois Boulevard between 3rd and China Basin Streets
Friday, February 5, 2016, 7 PM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 2 AM
Pier 48 Private Event
D. 22nd Street between Illinois Street and Easterly Terminus
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 5 PM to
Friday, February 5, 2016, 2 AM
AND
Friday, February 5, 2016, 6 PM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 3 AM
AND
TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
One South Van Ness Avenue San Francisco CA 94102 Tel: 415.701.4500 Fax: 415.701.4737 www.sfmta.com
Agenda 1377
Page 2 of 5
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 6 PM to
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 4 AM
AND
18th Street (MUNI and Local Access Only) between Indiana and Illinois
Streets; 20th and 22nd Streets (MUNI and Local Access Only) between 3rd

and Illinois Streets
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 6:30 PM to
Friday, February 5, 2016, 1 AM
AND
Friday, February 5, 2016, 8:30 PM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 2:30 AM
AND
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 8:30 PM to
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 2:30 AM
Pier 70 Concerts and Events
E. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (Southbound Parking, Bicycle and Westernmost
Traffic Lane Only) between Grove and McAllister Streets
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 4 PM to
Friday, February 5, 2016, 2 AM
NFL Owners Dinner Valet Parking
F. Folsom Street (Northernmost Parking and Traffic Lanes Only) between 4th
and 2
nd Streets
Friday, February 5, 2016, 2 PM to 11 PM
SP+ Gameday / NFL Transportation
G. Taylor Street (Easternmost Traffic Lane) between Geary and O’Farrell Streets
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 6 AM to 11:59 PM
AND
Leidesdorff Street between California and Pine Streets
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 5 AM to 4 PM
SP+ Gameday / NFL Transportation
H. Ellis Street (Westbound Parking Lane) between Powell and Cyril Magnin
Streets; Ellis Street (Northernmost Traffic and Parking Lane Only) between
Cyril Magnin and Taylor Streets
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 8 AM to 11:59 PM
SP+ Gameday / NFL Transportation
I. 4
th Street (Westernmost Traffic and Parking Lanes Only) between Minna and
Howard Streets; Minna Street (Southernmost Lane Only) between 4th Street
and 550 feet westerly
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 9 AM to
Monday, February 8, 2016, 4 PM
AND
5
th Street (Easternmost Lane Only) between Minna and Howard Streets
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 6 AM to
Monday, February 8, 2016, 3 PM
SP+ Gameday / NFL Transportation
TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
One South Van Ness Avenue San Francisco CA 94102 Tel: 415.701.4500 Fax: 415.701.4737 www.sfmta.com
Agenda 1377
Page 3 of 5
J. Hayes Street (Two Northernmost Traffic Lanes Only) between Polk and
Larkin Streets; Grove Street between Polk and Larkin Streets
Friday, January 29, 2016, 12:01 AM to
Monday, February 8, 2016, 4 PM
AND
Fulton Street between Larkin and Hyde Streets
Friday, January 29, 2016, 12:01 AM to
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 11:59 PM
AND
Larkin Street (East and West Parking and Westernmost Northbound Traffic
Lanes Only) between Grove and Hayes Streets
Friday, February 1, 2016, 12:01 AM to
Monday, February 8, 2016, 11:59 PM
AND
Larkin Street (Southbound Traffic Lane and Two Westernmost Northbound
Traffic Lanes Only) between McAllister and Grove Streets; Carlton B.
Goodlett Place/Polk Street between McAllister and Hayes Streets; Grove
Street between Polk Street and Van Ness Avenue; Fulton between Larkin and
Hyde Streets; Tom Waddell Place between Van Ness Avenue and Polk
Street; Intersections: Grove Street and Waddell Place at Polk Street
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 1 PM to 10 PM
NFL Honors Event
K. Market Street between Davis and Steuart Streets; Southbound Embarcadero
between Washington Street and Don Chee Way; Steuart Street between
Market and Don Chee Way; Spear and Main Streets between Mission and
Market Streets; Intersections: Main, Drumm, Spear and Steuart Streets at
Market Street
NOTE: Local Access Allowed on Steuart, Spear and Main Streets
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 PM
AND
Drumm Street (westernmost southbound lane only) between Washington and
Clay Streets;
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Southbound Embarcadero (easternmost lane only) between Don Chee Way
and Mission Street
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Washington Street (southernmost eastbound lane only) between Drumm
Street and The Embarcadero
Sunday, January 24, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
One South Van Ness Avenue San Francisco CA 94102 Tel: 415.701.4500 Fax: 415.701.4737 www.sfmta.com
Agenda 1377
Page 4 of 5
Drumm Street (easternmost northbound right turn lane only) between
Washington and Clay Streets;
Monday, January 25, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Steuart Street (West Parking Lane Only) between Market and Mission Streets
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 5 PM to
Friday, February 12, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Southbound Embarcadero (Parking Lane Only) between Don Chee Way and
400 Feet Northerly
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 5 PM to
Friday, January 23, 2016, 7 AM
AND
Main and Spear Streets (Parking Lanes Only) between Market and Mission
Street; Steuart Street (Parking Lanes Only) between Howard Street and
Southerly Terminus
Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 5 PM to
Friday, February 12, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Davis Street (Westside Parking Lane Only) between Washington and Clay
Streets; Clay Street (Parking Lanes Only) between Davis and Drumm Streets
Friday, January 22, 2016, 5 PM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Drumm Street (West Parking Lane) between Washington and Clay Streets
Sunday, January 22, 2016, 5 PM to
Thursday, February 12, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Washington Street (Southside Parking Lane Only) between Drumm Street
and The Embarcadero
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 5 PM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Washington Street (Northside Parking Lane Only) between Drumm and Davis
Streets; Drumm Street (Eastside Parking Lane Only) between Clay and
Washington Streets
Sunday, January 24, 2016, 5 PM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 PM
AND
Drumm Street (Parking Lanes Only) between Washington and Jackson
Streets; Jackson Street (Parking Lanes Only) between Davis and
DrummStreets; Drumm Street (Eastside Parking Lane Only) between
Sacramento and Clay Streets; California Street (Southside Parking Lane
Only) between Davis and Front Streets; Mission Street (Southside Parking
Lane Only) between Steuart Street and The Embarcadero
Friday, January 29, 2016, 5 PM to
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 8 PM
Super Bowl City

Vaunted Octavia Boulevard’s Vaunted Parklet Program, Covered in Garbage – Can SFMTA Issue a $68 Ticket or Something?

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

Isn’t that the fee these days, for blocking a street sweeper?

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This parklet blocks street sweepers like all the time, right?