Posts Tagged ‘transbay’

Meet Your San Francisco Bike Sharing Program – 500 Bicycles and 50 Stations Coming Next Year to FiDi, SoMA, Civic Center

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

I guess they have the money now and they’re working on figuring out who’s going to run the thing.

Appears as if the SFMTA has given up on a giant Parisian Velib-style program with 5000 bikes strewn all over town – they’re starting small. Regardless, some of this free advice still applies.

The deets:

“…the pilot service area will be centered in San Francisco’s employment- and transit-rich Downtown/SOMA corridor between the Financial District, Market Street and the Transbay and Caltrain terminals.  This area is notably flat, has the densest bikeway network coverage in San Francisco and enjoys the highest levels of cycling, yet those who commute by transit from cities to the east and south encounter difficulties bringing a bicycle with them on BART or Caltrain.”

El Mapa:

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So the stations might end up looking a little half-assed, owing to CEQA:

“Heath Maddox, senior planner for the Livable Streets Subdivision of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), says the defining characteristics of the service they’ve outlined in an RFP draft is that the bike system be solar-powered with no need for external AC power and no requirement for excavation that would turn the installation process into a construction project.”

Remember, sharing is caring.

All the deets:

“The map of the pilot service area presents northeast San Francisco. The highlighted area in the map is the bicycle sharing pilot service area bound by South Van Ness Avenue and the Ferry Terminal along Market Street. To the north, the service area boundary includes the Federal Building at Turk Street, Union Square at Post Street, the Broadway and Columbus Avenue intersection, and The Embarcadero at Sansome Street. To the south, the highlighted service area includes the Embarcadero to Mission Bay, Townsend Street and Concourse Exhibition Center.”

Bike Sharing

Bike sharing is coming to San Francisco! A regional pilot program led by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) in partnership with the SFMTA will bring approximately 50 bike share stations and 500 bikes to San Francisco’s downtown core beginning in spring 2012. The SFMTA is working with a regional team to implement this pilot along the Caltrain corridor in San Francisco, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City and San Jose and shown in this Regional Bike Sharing System map. The project is funded through a combination of local, regional and federal grants with major funding coming from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Innovative Bay Area Climate Initiatives Grant Program (BACI).

What is bike sharing?

Similar to car sharing, bicycle sharing is a term used to describe a membership-based system of short-term bicycle rental.  Members can check a bicycle out from a network of automated bicycle stations, ride to their destination, and return the bicycle to a different station.  Bicycle sharing is enjoying a global explosion in growth with the development of purpose-built bicycles and stations that employ high tech features like smartcards, solar power, and wireless internet and GPS technologies.

Who is involved with launching the San Francisco bike sharing system?

The BAAQMD is the overall regional project lead, coordinating the planning and implementation efforts of the local partners: the City and County of San Francisco, the Cities of San Jose, Mountain View and Palo Alto in Santa Clara County and the City of Redwood City in San Mateo County. The SFMTA is leading the project in San Francisco, and we are working in cooperation with our City and County partners, including the Planning Department, Department of Public Works, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the Port of San Francisco. The regional partners will be selecting a contractor in fall 2011 to install, operate, and manage the system.

Where will bike sharing be located in San Francisco?

As the San Francisco Bicycle Sharing Pilot Service Area map (PDF) presents, in San Francisco, the pilot service area will be centered in San Francisco’s employment- and transit-rich Downtown/SOMA corridor between the Financial District, Market Street and the Transbay and Caltrain terminals.  This area is notably flat, has the densest bikeway network coverage in San Francisco and enjoys the highest levels of cycling, yet those who commute by transit from cities to the east and south encounter difficulties bringing a bicycle with them on BART or Caltrain. Much of San Francisco’s densely urbanized northeastern quadrant is similarly well-suited to bicycle sharing.

When will bike sharing launch in San Francisco?

The regional partners will be selecting a vendor to install, operate, and manage the bike sharing system in 2011 with the goal of a system launch in Spring/Summer 2012!

Further Information

If you have any questions, comments or feedback about bike sharing, contact the SFMTA at sustainable.streets@sfmta.com.

Uh, I Think It’s Called the Temporary TransBay Terminal Rather Than the TransBay Temporary Terminal

Monday, June 13th, 2011

I could be wrong on this score. If so, my bad

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Otherwise, just saying, bro-ham.

Oh what’s that? The stupid name matches your waytoolong URL?

O.K….

 

Transbay Terminal-apalooza! Thousands Say Good-Bye Today in San Francisco

Friday, July 30th, 2010

I’m not sure what Ashley Harrell is talking about here, but this afternoon’s Transbay Terminalapalooza is a huge success with hundreds thousands of busfans lining up to get One Last Look at the old girl before the beginning of the destruction next month. See? The people running the name tag table are expecting over a thousand to go on these tours dealt with a couple thousand folks, per phamous Philip Ferrato.

[UPDATE: And guess who else showed up? Mayor Gavin Newsom, of all people.]

There were so many transit-heads with yuppie camera lenses* on hand, I think I’ll count on them uploading their good stuff soon. I’ll make another post with more photos later on.

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You can still get in on the fun, if you want. They’ve added more tours - maybe they’ll have room pour vous this afternoon. It’s just a short tour, telling you where they shot Pursuit of Happyness and where they chopped down support beams for the conversion from rail to bus, ‘n stuff like that.

And speaking of the homeless, this office downstairs didn’t seem all the busy today. Things have changed since they filmed that Will Smith joint:

Anyway, Will here was my tour guide:

Find the missing support beams, chopped down in the 1950′s to make way for buses: 

It’s the end of the line:

Bon Courage, people of the old, temporary, and new Transbay Terminals.

*You know, Canon’s 50mm 1.2, 85mm 1.2 II, 24-105mm 4.0 ‘n stuff, the ones those yuppies like…

Temporary Transbay Terminal Open House on August 3rd – Refreshments, Giveaways and More!

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Oh, it’s on. Word comes from SF FYI Net about the big Transbay Temporary Terminal Open House that’s coming up at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, August 3rd.

And do you know what this joint at the TTT will feature?

“Tours of the open air facility, refreshments, giveaways and more.”

It’s going to be a blast!

(Will AC Transit-loving Epic Beard Man Thomas Bruso show up? We Can Only Hope.)

As it looked under construction, your new bus terminal for the next seven-plus years:

via Monica’s Dad

All the deets of this transit par-TAY:

“YOU’RE INVITED!  Join us for a special Open House to learn more about how the Transbay Temporary Terminal will operate. The Temporary Terminal will serve as temporary home to AC Transit, Muni, Greyhound, Golden Gate Transit, Lynx, and SamTrans until the new Transit Center is completed in 2017.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 3, 2010

TIME: 4-7pm

WHERE: Transbay Temporary Terminal, Main Street at Howard Street

WHO: The event is open to the public.Transit riders who currently use the Transbay Terminal are encouraged to attend.

FEATURING Tours of the open air facility, refreshments, giveaways and more.”

AC Transit has all the deets of the TTT for all you BART-haters, after the jump

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Transbay Terminal Photo Tour! Transbay Terminal Photo Tour on Friday, July 30th Only!

Monday, July 26th, 2010

From the Rincon Hill Neighborhood Association comes news of five Transbay Terminal Historical Tours coming up on July 30, 2010.

‘Cause when the TT gets shut down on August 6th, it’ll be gone for good, baby.

All the deets:

See you there!

Quentin Kopp’s Beale Street Alternative for High Speed Rail Attacked by SoMA Residents

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Via Jamie Whitaker’s Rincon Hill blog comes news of a fight against consideration of the so-called “Beale Street Alternative” for the San Francsico terminus of California’s nascent High Speed Rail line.

I don’t have a dog in this hunt, but you, well take a gander if you’d like:

Save High Speed Rail in San Francisco

Targeting: Supervisor Chris Daly (District 6, City and County of San Francisco Board of Supervisor), Medhi Morshed (Executive Director, CA High Speed Rail Authority) and Curt Pringle (Chair of the Board, CA High Speed Rail Authority)

Started by: April Veneracion

Demand the California High Speed Rail Authority stop its consideration of the infeasible Beale Street Alternative that is…

· Risking over $400 million in federal funding to the Transbay Transit Center

· Harming property values in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco

· Wasting millions of Prop 1A dollars on study of infeasible alternatives that should be spent on construction”

So that’s the issue. All the deets, below.

Quentin Kopp with youthful HSR supporters at San Francisco City Hall during happier times last year:

The whole magilla:

“As a strong supporter of building High Speed Rail throughout the state and into San Francisco’s downtown Transbay Transit Center, I am appalled at your consideration of the Beale Street Alternative. This study is not only wasteful, it risks over $400 million in federal funding for the Transbay Transit Center and is harming property values in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.

Your study of the Beale Street Alternative was proposed to you by a lobbying and law firm on behalf of an unidentified special interest. This location has already been rejected as a technically and economically infeasible terminus for High Speed Rail in San Francisco. San Franciscans overwhelmingly voted for Proposition 1A to bring high speed rail to our Transit Center. Your study of the Beale Street Alternative, widely thought to be pushed by Board Member Quentin Kopp, is a wasteful expenditure of limited Proposition 1A money that should be applied to construction of the project.

With the passage of Proposition 1A, we believe that your study of the Beale Street Alternative is illegal. The voter approved mandate codifies in State law that the northern terminus for high speed rail will be the Transbay Transit Center.

The Transbay Transit Center is a federally approved project currently in construction in downtown San Francisco that has received the support of the San Francisco electorate on multiple occasions. Over $2 billion in funds have already been secured, independent of Proposition 1A. This Center is designed to accommodate high speed rail to downtown San Francisco.

The existence of this project is reason enough to drop your study of the Beale Street Alternative. Additionally, the Beale Street Alternative would likely result in the taking of more than 1,800 current and future residential units in the South of Market area. Your study alone has made many of our homes unmarketable by the required disclosure of your irresponsible study into any potential home sale. In contrast, the approved downtown extension to Transbay will take only 2 dozen residences. Given San Francisco’s housing crisis, this is a far more reasonable approach.

Meanwhile, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority has applied for $400 million in ARRA funds to build the rail box in the Transit Center. While this application has the support of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Mayor Gavin Newsom, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, we understand that the Federal Rail Authority has expressed concern about your Beale Street Alternative. We are worried that the Beale Street Alternative is not about adequately addressing environmental issues, it’s about political brinkmanship.

It’s time to put high speed rail to San Francisco back on track.

As a supporter of high speed rail and Proposition 1A, I demand you halt your irresponsible study of the infeasible Beale Street Alternatives. I also ask that you hold a formal meeting of the California High Speed Rail Authority in San Francisco, to hold yourselves accountable to the people whose properties and projects you are jeopardizing.”

To Be Continued…

MUNI Supervisor Says the “Suspicious Package” at the Transbay Terminal Now is “Bigger than a Backpack”

Monday, September 28th, 2009

This is the scene on Fremont Street as the San Francisco Bomb Squad is investigating a suspicious package near the TransBay Terminal.

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Last I saw, nearby office buildings were being evacuated by the SFPD.

Find out how it turned out from editor Brock at SFist.com

Will You Board This Jitney Bus After Arriving in SF by Bullet Train?

Monday, November 17th, 2008

After getting off of California’s new bullet train in San Francisco, how are you going to get from the CalTrain Station at 4th and King Streets up to the Financial District or the TransBay Terminal or someplace you actually want to get to?

Well, maybe a jitney bus is in your future. They say it’s faster than MUNI.

Anyway, read all about it:

Derailed: California bullet-train champion Quentin Kopp had his fellow Proposition 1A supporters choking on their election night Champagne with his pronouncement that the current Caltrain station at Fourth and Townsend would make a fine high-speed rail station – and that San Francisco’s plan for a Grand Central Station-style downtown hub was a waste of time and money.

“I am not going to pay $2.5 billion to move a track 1.4 miles,” said Kopp, the former San Francisco supervisor, state senator and retired judge who now chairs the California High Speed Rail Authority.

Or maybe you can walk?