Posts Tagged ‘SFMTA’

Open-Air Chop Shop, 7-11 Store, Market Street USA

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

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After Being Criticised, Our SFMTA Puts Up “Safe Hit Posts” on Golden Gate Avenue

Monday, July 18th, 2016

These two white posts have been installed at the foot of Golden Gate:

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Here’s the view from Market:

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The unofficial orange cones are still around though.

I suppose this closes a chapter on the book of the new Golden Gate Ave bike lane

Our SFMTA Wants to Claim It’s Increasing Parking Up at Twin Peaks, But It’s DECREASING Parking – One Simple Trick!

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

What the SFMTA’s Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project is a gonna do is get rid of these, these people from the top of Twin Peaks, particularly on busy dreaded sunny days, like this one:

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Most of the tourists on top of that twin came from all the cars you can see on the left side. But all that parking is gone now, so tourists aren’t going to go to the top of Twin Peaks as much anymore.

What’s that, “good,” you say? Well OK, but why doesn’t the SFMTA just come out and say that? Instead, we get this:

Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project Frequently Asked Questions – April 8, 2016 version:

Will any parking be added or removed? No parking is being proposed for removal. Today, informal (illegal) parking takes place at the center of the Figure 8 and occasionally in the outer lane of the roadway. This project will formalize parking at both the center and south intersections, increasing the number of available stalls. Parking in the travel lane will no longer be possible.

So they’re not “removing parking,” they’re simply blocking cars from getting to the parking spaces? And you can’t park on the side of a highway in CA anymore, is that correct, really?

So the real answer to the question Will any parking be added or removed is:

Yes. Hell yes.

But who are these people so uncouth and “informal” that they think they can park their rental cars on the side of the road and walk up a hill for a look-see? Just fucking tourists, that’s all. And it’s not even the same ones day after day and year after year – it’s a constant flow of new people from all over the Bay Area, California, ‘Mericah, and The Rest Of The World. Those are the people the SFMTA and the Rec and Park (RPD – it’s Frisco’s name for the Parks and Recreation Department) are getting rid of, at least on busy days.

As with most things in Life, there are trade-offs. Our SFMTA wants to deny that, oh well (at 2:10)…

Now That’s a Wrap! – XEROCON Ad Renders SFMTA MUNI Neoplan AN440 Bus Unrecognizable

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

What’s this? It’s accounting software PLUS it’s cloud-based?! OMG, I’m totally fucking there, Dude!

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After all, it’s a “must-attend” event…

OK, Everybody SPEED HUMP! – What’s the Point of Our Ineffectual SFMTA’s Brand-New Ineffectual Speed Bumps?

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

So we have new speed bumps / speed bumps / speed cushions over town these days?

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First of all, SPEED HUMP. Heh. I mean, it’s like a sign people would Instagram from their visit to Australia or something. What’s wrong with speed bumps? That’s what Californians call your speed humps, I’m srsly, SFMTA.

Second of all, these new-school speed bumps I see in the Western Addition / Alamo Square Historic District and The Richmond have got to be the least effective traffic slowing / “traffic calming” installations I’ve ever encountered. Unless you’re driving around a double-parked vehicle or giving space to a bike rider, you won’t ever feel these things. See the channels on the left and right of the white arrow? That’s where your wheels go. So this appears to be make-work construction project / psychological exercise to get drivers to think a speed bump is here? Your brand-new rabbit-proof fence is too low is so bunnies simply hop over it with ease, is what I’m saying, Mate.

Third of all, oh, this IS a make-work construction project / psychological exercise. Check it: “Apply for Residential Traffic Calming.” So what’s being calmed here IRL – the tempers of area homeowners complaining to the SFMTA, it looks like?

So yes, SFMTA / SFGov, you are “doing something” and yet, you’re not really doing anything at all.

Kind of like when you all talk about Vision Zero 2024.

Hey remember back in 2013, when Mayor Ed Lee and SFGov promised to “Reduce serious and fatal pedestrian injuries by 25% by 2016?” I do. How did that work out? Oh, not at all?

SFMTA, you’re not a safety organization.

Sry.

What is the process for getting traffic calming on my street?

  • Application: Residents who are concerned about speeding on their streets are encouraged to submit applications and neighborhood petitions to initiate the process for receiving traffic calming measures. Complete applications for the 2015/2016 program are due on July 31, 2015.
  • Evaluation & Ranking: Once applications are received, SFMTA staff collect the additional data needed to determine whether an application qualifies and how severe the problem is. This includes conducting speed & traffic count and reviewing data on the number of collisions for each location. Once this data is gathered for all applications, they are ranked based primarily on speeds, traffic counts, collisions and the land use types within a short proximity to the street, which can include the presence of schools, transit stops, health care facilities and retail activity, among others.
  • Inform Applicants: Once the evaluation and ranking phase is complete, applicants will be informed of whether or not their location will receive a traffic calming project the following year.
  • Determine Project List: SFMTA staff then review each of the top locations to determine whether a speed hump would be an appropriate tool to reduce speeds at that location.  In some cases, other measures will be recommended.
  • Inform & Ballot Neighbors: Residents on accepted blocks will be contacted by the SFMTA with information about the project, and asked to vote on whether they would like traffic calming implemented on their street. Fifty percent of returned ballots must be in favor of the measure – signatures from the original application count as “yes” votes unless a “no” vote is received from the same address.
  • Design & Approval: If the neighbors vote in favor of the measure, SFMTA engineers will finalize the designs and bring the proposals through the official SFMTA public hearing process.
  • Construction: For applications submitted by July 31, 2015, speed humps and other traffic calming measures will likely be constructed in late 2016.

The Best Bus Ad Ever – Why Can’t MUNI Do Something Like This?

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Oh, I know why! It’s ’cause blowback against the SFMTA would be enormous. Oh well.

But anything goes on a hop-on hop-off tourist bus, apparently:

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Simply Driving Away from an SFMTA PCO Trying to Give You a Ticket for Parking in a TRUCK LOAD ZONE on Market DOESN’T WORK

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

As these tourists from Oregon will soon discover. They merely stopped in a yellow truck loading zone cut into the vast sidewalks of Market Street. When they finally noticed the PCO standing directly behind them, they bolted away outbound, like this:

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But that doesn’t help, as stopping is parking and they were illegally parked.

The next step will be the bill for $91 coming in the mail, but, unlike most people with Oregon plates in Frisco, this crew looks like they’re actually from Oregon. So maybe the SFMTA will track them down to figure out a mailing address? Or maybe they’ll bide their time until this ride accumulates five tickets, and then it’ll be a towaway / Denver Boot?

A better strategy for drivers would be to talk to the PCO instead of just driving off, but I’m not saying that would necesarily work either…

The “SFMTrA” Puts Up Traffic Cones on Golden Gate Avenue

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Here’s the scene at the foot of Golden Gate yesterday during the Evening Drive – what’s new is the orange traffic cones:

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Our SFMTA didn’t put up the cones, the SFMTrA did. See?

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So of course these cones are unofficial (unlike this one from last week, when a made member of our City Family put an orange cone near the curb so drivers wouldn’t run over the legs of people warming up in the slow lane of Market inbound).

On it goes

You Never Used To See This, But Now You See It All The Time: Busted, by the Transit Police, SFMTA-Style

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

This is How We Live in 2016:

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Which is the bigger disincentive to ripping off MUNI in the future?

  1. The $50 (or whatever) fine; or
  2. The humiliation of missing your bus and standing around for this transaction with tout le monde watching

All right, kids. Be sure to NOT be like 66-year-old MSM’er CWNevius. But if you do evade a fare and get caught on you’re 100th evasion, just be sure to not complain about the whole process, the way he did.

Moving On…

Moving Forward…

Market Street Inbound: Two Feet Left Betwixt the Frito-Lay/Coca Cola Trucks and the Historic Street Car Tracks

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Here’s your morning drive, 7:45 AM-ish, between Union Square and the Financial on vaunted Market Street:

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