Its going to be a looooong time before CBTC can go online
Federal legislative updates. Apparently Amtrak's CEO is really out to eliminate long distance trains. I'm kinda glad that rural state senators hate the idea.
SB 742 would be awesome!!! Theres a law on the books that says we can't just take an Amtrak bus from San Jose to SLO or Martinez to Arcata without a rail connection. Amtrak bus routes often end up empty due to this restriction. With it undone riders in SF can jump on an Amtrak bus to Emeryville or to Santa Barbara without a rail component. I understand why they did it to support the for-profit industry(flixbus, megabus, greyhound) but it would be great that this might be an option.
AB 101 is pretty intense. Suing cities for not building housing. 100,000- 600,000 can really hurt some cities. Even SF can't shake that off. But cities that do get pro-housing get the other city's money. Carrot and Stick its a proven method. Can't divert transportation money though so...
I think that this is a very impressive way of doing a report on the results from transit improvements. Someone should suggest that SFMTA do reports like this.
This is very interesting an FTA report on various technologies being produced for transit buses. Automation appears to be the focus but they've noted that there are so many environmental scenarios is would not work that buses are long long way off from being ready for market. But there are operator assist technologies being tried, braking, valet driving and different type of camera and sensors being tested.
Wow this is awesome. Did the 12 used to serve Rincon hill? I like the 10 and 12 being in sync along 2nd but option A is far better where it cross direct paths with the SF Transit Center and cut through areas not served by any routes. The Essex turn is a little weird but I guess they want to get as close to rincon hill as possible.
Lombard street seems to be getting its own congestion pricing area - paid reservations. Not going to lie it really does seem like when rich people want something, it happens. I think they should make the residents pay the fee though.
Think you could cut it as the Director of Transportation?
Market Street is not going to be fun for the next 2-3 years. But wow is it long overdue, that street is tired and broken.
Yikes the bicycle community for Caltrain is tough.
I guess the president is officially trying to usurp California's EPA.
The Complexity of fare integration. It appears that the clipper executive board postponed deciding about whether the MTC should bother trying to integrate fares until October. Likely so that transitioning managers - SFMTA/BART could move on and could fall into the hands of new directors
Most of the housing bills appear to be frozen in committees or made into two year bills.
First set of money MTC is asking for SB1 money
RM3 money is still locked up due to anti-tax people.
In July the High Speed Rail Authority will disclose “preferred alternative” from San Francisco to San Jose and San Jose to Merced, in a series of community meetings. The meetings...
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The Board of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is tapping Tom Maguire, director of the agency’s Sustainable Streets Division, as interim Director while they look for a permanent...
San Francisco Transit Riders writes an open letter to the SFMTA Board, describing what they'd like to see in a new SFMTA director...
San Francisco Transit Riders is developing and advocating for a Rapid Rider Network. We want to see a network of Rapid lines that reaches every neighborhood in San Francisco, that has skip-stop spacing,...
In June, a Santa Clara County released a scathing report blasting the performance and governance of VTA, the transportation district that runs the County’s light rail and bus services....
Fare rationalization is an obvious need for the Bay Area, but managers veto MTC from even studying the idea...
The automobile took over because the legal system helped squeeze out the alternatives.
New gig "prevents fraud, waste and abuse, and identifies opportunities for efficiencies in the administration"
Transit officials have unlocked the back doors and put two-car trains back in service on San Francisco’s new metro rail fleet, now rehabilitated after a string of mishaps earlier this year.
As San Francisco’s transit chief prepares to step down, Mayor London Breed and other City Hall politicians are taking ownership of the city’s stumbling light-rail and bus system.
Park and gondola are open to the public but buses have yet to arrive