Posts Tagged ‘SFMTA’

Our Addled SFMTA Has Decided To Burden the Intersection of Fell and Masonic Even More: A Mandatory Left Turn Lane?

Friday, October 17th, 2014

(You want addled? Try this on for size, from the SF Weekly’s Joe Eskenazi re: SFMTA Commish Cheryl Brinkman.)

Moving on…

Hey, what problem is this going to solve?

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I can think of problems it will create, but what’s the purpose of this, right?

We know you’re going to do it, SFMTA, so why not tell us why, you know, instead of inviting people to give input you’re going to ignore anyway?

Are you going to add a left turn arrow?

Is this a safety thing?

I’m baffled…

SFMTA, you should be basing your decisions on these two factors:

1. SAFETY

2. flow

That’s it. Not aesthetics, not ideology, not “comfort,” not “liveability,” not any of that.

So, how will this proposal, you know, considering your horrible record so far, improve safety and/or flow?

Tell us.

(Oh, if only you had a blog what wasn’t focused upon getting Prop A passed next month…)

A Good Cyclist and a Bad Cyclist on Fell Street at the Crazy, SFMTA-Designed Intersection with Shrader

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

The light for this car was green green green, perhaps for two seconds as the cyclist that you can see on the right came down from the Panhandle bike path, camera left.

OTOH, the cyclist on the left saw the lights and managed to not  run the red light – you can see her sort of chuckling at her friend there.

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IMO, this would have been a 100% cyclist-at-fault accident, but I’m not 100% sure it would have gotten written up as such, oh well.

I’m also not sure why the SFGov/SFMTA/SFBC Establishment established this set-up to route traffic from the bike path into Golden Gate Park/JFK Drive – I suppose it’s a bit faster for cyclists, compared with the obvious alternatives.

But the whole system breaks down if the nut behind the steering wheel, or in this case, the handle bars, doesn’t know when she has lost the right of way…

Compare SF (Most Expensive Parking Tickets in the Western Hemisphere) with Downtown San Mateo (50 Cent/Hr Parking Meters)

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Compare A with B, as seen in the City of San Mateo:

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But the SFMTA wants more more more, so it’s hatched a plan called Prop A, to raise your rent (literally) and/or take your propertah taxes to pay for, among other things, cost overruns on the entirely unnecessary pork-barrel project called the Central Subway.

Hey, speaking of which:

“During a pair of recent presentations at city political clubs, MTA commissioner Cheryl Brinkman, arguing on behalf of Prop. A, stated that a City Attorney’s opinion concluded that, when it comes to bond language, the terms “shall” and “may” are identical.

Huh.

Brinkman now says she’s not entirely sure what she said. Multiple witnesses are more certain: ‘She did say that!’ recalls Potrero Hill Democrats president Joni Eisen.”

So, what’s going on inside Cheryl Brinkman’s head when she says stuff like this? Is it a fugue state? Is it simple lying? Or maybe somebody lied to her? Or she’s under so much pressure to keep her “job,” but what does it pay, like $100 a month and a free FastPass? And she voted FOR charging people at parking meters on Sundays only to change her mind the next year when she voted AGAINST? Oh, so the SFMTA could instead get VLF money from taxpayers, except that plan got shelved right after she voted.

If she were fired from the SFMTA and then replaced with a spineless jellyfish, how would anyone notice, how would anyone be able to tell the diff?

Our Poor SFMTA Slows Down the Speed of Its Aspirations: “@MuniRapid” Handle Changed to “@MuniForward”

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

MUNI is many things, but the one thing America’s slowest big-city transit system is NOT is rapid.

So that’s why so many people LOL’ed / WTF’ed when they first discovered the Twitter handle “@MuniRapid.”

But now the SFMTA wants to take more of YOUR money* to pay for Prop A, so it’s gearing up for the big November 2014 election by showering the love upon its passengers. (IRL, MUNI is more concerned about MUNI employees almost all of the rest of the time.)

Anywho, here it is:

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Now isn’t that delicious?

You see, because now all MUNI operators have to do is select the right gear and simply creep FORWARD, at any speed – there will be no expectation of MUNI RAPID-ly getting its customers anywhere.

At least they’re being honest.

*Hey, maybe you’re cool with that, I don’t know. What percentage of your property taxes will go to pay for the almost one billion dollar Prop A? IDK. How much money will it add up to? Hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of dollars over the years? Oh what’s that, you’re a renter with rent control? Well, here comes your Prop A “pass-through” rent increase. How much could that be? Hundreds? Thousands? Thousands and thousands? IDK, maybe. Would it be better to fund MUNI’s mad-money Prop A fund by simply taxing every resident $1000, you know, including infants? IDK. What I do know is that horrible MUNI is not even promising any kind of reform in exchange for the extra money it wants from us. MUNI thinks it’s great, srsly. MUNI thinks it offers us, and I’m srsly, “EXCELLENT TRANSPORTATION CHOICES.” If you agree with that, then you should prolly vote Yes on A, the way SFGov wants you to…

 

Sunset District Update: DPW Paints a Special “STOP” Stencil in the Bike Lane at 17th and Kirkham – But the World Fails to Notice

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Photo of Kirkham St. at 17th Avenue – the tiny “STOP” stencil is a recent addition:

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And here’s an on-the-scene report to go with the image:

“Kirkham St.(Sunset District) has a bicycle lane with very few riders. All summer DPW was working on the part of Kirkham St east of 19th Avenue.

When DPW finished at the end of August 2014, they repaved the street, re-striped the lanes, put back the pedestrian islands.

The large STOP painted on the road for vehicle drivers didn’t mean much for bicyclists. They run thru intersections all the time. Now DPW painted a Stop sign in the bicycle lane!

The special Stop for bicyclists hasn’t made any difference. They still blast thru intersections on Kirkham St. and ignore their personal stop sign.”

I don’t know, if I were putting a bike lane on Kirkham, I’d prolly prevent cars from parking so close to the crosswalk. (In “sustainable streets” parlance, this is called “daylighting” an intersection, but I don’t actually know the normal term for maintaining sight lines at intersections so that peds may be seen.)

We’ll just have to wait and see how many people use these new lanes….

The SFMTA’s Rent-Raising “Yes on Prop A” Movement Fails to Take Off

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Check it

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So Prop A “will not raise taxes?” And yet, it will eat up a metric of tax money, right, something close to a billion dollars, right? So how does that work? Oh what’s that, SFMTA – you could explain this conundrum but you don’t want to because that would be off-message? OK fine. We’re talking about a billion dollars worth of taxes paid for by whom?

Mmmm…

Here’s the SFMTA / MUNI in Action – Or Rather, Lack of Action – A Bus Stop at Geary And Laguna

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Does this bus stop look well-designed to you?

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Not to me:

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If you think MUNI is great, then you should raise your rent (literally, your landlord just might tack on an extra monthly fee, a pass-through) by voting AYE to Prop A.

But if you think MUNI sucks, you should vote NO…

Mass Double Parking in the Western Addition: Cadillac, Mercedes, Mercedes, Lexus, Mercedes…

Friday, September 19th, 2014

On It Goes:

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Proof That SFGov Has a Sense of Humor: A Parking Ticket for Just $23?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

This ticket was issued in July 2014. The officer wrote $26 but the actual fine was just $23.

It was for “parking on grass” except there wasn’t any actual grass parked upon, oh well.

Anyway, it’s obvious that Rec and Park hasn’t caught up with the SFMTA in the ticket price inflation competition:

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Why isn’t this ticket $123 or $223?

And why does the SFMTA, operators of the worst big city transit agency in America, have the highest parking ticket prices in America?

Oh well.

Anyway, if you want a parking violation that you can laugh off as you’re paying it off, this is the one for you

From Our “Russian Embassy” Building in the Western Addition: “PLEASE VOTE NO ON PERMIT PARKING FOR ALAMO SQUARE”

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Stick it to the Man!

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Seems a bit selfish to try to take street parking just for yourselves, Western Addition millionaires…