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Friday, June 23, 2017

San Francisco City Hall viewed from Van Ness Avenue, with cars and a Muni trolley bus on the street.

This is a basic recap of items voted on and discussed by the SFMTA Board of Directors at its most recent meeting. SFMTA board meetings are usually held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, and agendas are posted on the board’s webpage under “meetings” 72 hours in advance.

This list only includes items featured on the “Regular Calendar” section of the board agenda. See the full agenda for presentation materials and the rest of the items, which include routine board business, general public comment and “Consent Calendar” items, which are scheduled for a single vote without discussion.

You can also watch a video of this meeting and past SFMTA board meetings on SFGovTV.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

As we close in on Pride weekend, we bring you the history behind motorized Cable Car 62, Muni's readymade "float" that will be in the midst of the parade action this Sunday.

Color photograph from June 26, 2016 showing Muni motorized cable car 62 decorated in rainbow banners on Market Street as part of Pride parade.
Motorized Cable Car 62, decked out at last year’s Pride Parade on Market at Powell Street on June 26, 2016.

Many people mistake Car 62 for just another one of the numerous cable car-style tour buses that run around our city. But unlike the imitators, Car 62 was actually one of a few real cable cars converted into a motor vehicle.

Car 62 began life as part of the California Street Cable Railroad Company (a.k.a. Cal Cable) fleet, and it was originally numbered Car 61. It was built for Cal Cable's Jones Street Shuttle Line, which ran on Jones between Market and O'Farrell streets to connect passengers to the company's main lines (the California Street Line and the O'Farrell, Jones & Hyde Line). 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The first weekend of summer and the last weekend of June will draw an estimated one million people into the city for the world-famous Pride celebration. While Pride weekend will take center stage in the city this weekend, don’t forget that the San Francisco Giants will begin a six game home stand on Friday. Muni service will be increased and get you out to AT&T Park for those games against the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies. Now, here's what you can expect during this weekend's Pride events.

Muni Contingent in 2016 SF Pride Parade
The SFMTA contingent during the 2016 Pride Parade. SFMTA Photo Archive

Pride Weekend

Friday through Sunday
Castro and Civic Center

"A Celebration of Diversity” is the theme of this year’s San Francisco Pride festivities which will begin Friday night with the Trans March procession from Dolores Park to the Tenderloin. Saturday will feature the Dyke March as it makes its way from Dolores Park to the Castro. Also on Saturday and Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people will make their way to the Civic Center Plaza for the Pride Celebration, which will feature music and dance performances on several stages plus appearances by nationally and internationally recognized LGBT stars.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

People walking, biking and driving across Taylor Street at Eddy Street.

Starting with an open house next week, we’re kicking off the Safer Taylor Street project to shape a plan that will make Taylor safer and more equitable for everyone getting around.

For this project, the SFMTA, the Department of Public Health, San Francisco Public Works and the Planning Department will come together to collaborate with the community of residents, businesses, social services and advocacy organizations that care about Taylor to develop a new vision for the street.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Cable Car headed down Powell Street.

Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, June 20, 1 p.m.
City Hall, Room 400
Nearby Muni Routes: 5, 19, 21, 47, 49, F Market, Metro-Civic Center Station

The agenda for tomorrow’s Board of Directors meeting includes consideration of a new Shared Electric Moped Parking Permit program, street changes for the Potrero Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project, an update on the Van Ness Improvement Project and a presentation on the SF County Transportation Authority’s Transportation Network Company Activity Report.

Our Board of Directors meetings are usually held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The agendas are posted under “meetings” on the Board’s webpage 72 hours in advance.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Two photos. One shows a Scoot e-moped parked at a curb on a residential street. The other shows three people riding Scoot e-mopeds on a street.
Left photo: Scoot | Right photo: Marcin Wichary/Flickr

Update: On Tuesday June 20, the Shared Electric Moped Parking Permit Program was approved by the SFMTA Board of Directors. The board voted to lift the 8-foot curb space limit and allow permitted shared e-mopeds to park along any curb in Residential Parking Permit areas.

Over the last few years, you've probably noticed the rise of Scoot – the first major provider of shared electric mopeds (e-mopeds) in San Francisco.

Shared e-mopeds, which are rented with a smartphone app (in Scoot's case), are one of the newest transportation options to emerge in the city's evolving landscape of shared vehicle services, which is predominated by car sharing. To help ensure we regulate and facilitate this service in a way that benefits our city, we've worked with Scoot to learn more about its needs and impacts.

Through that work, we've developed a proposed parking permit program for shared e-mopeds which is set to go to the SFMTA Board of Directors for approval next Tuesday, June 20.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

If you're a fan of nice weather and historic festivals, then this weekend should please you. Check out our featured events below.

The crowd soaking up the sun in Washington Square Park during North Beach Festival 2009.
The crowd soaking up the sun in Washington Square Park during North Beach Festival 2009. Photo: Javi Vázquez/Flickr

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New Muni farebox.
Look for these new fareboxes on your Muni vehicle starting this week.

They’ve made thousands of Muni rides possible each day. And after more than 25 busy years of transit transactions, our old on-board fare machines are ready to be retired.

So starting this week, we’re introducing new, smarter fareboxes that will dispense a new type of Muni ticket on all Muni vehicles. These will be installed on all Muni vehicles over the course of the year, starting with our longer, 60-foot buses.

For the first time on Muni, the new fare machines will print transaction details on tickets, which will help us keep better track of fare payments and understand how people use Muni. This more secure transaction method will also prevent the theft of Muni transfers and help keep operators safe.

So, what’s new about using Muni’s new fareboxes? Here’s everything you need to know.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Muni buses drive down red-colored transit-only lanes on Market Street.
Red transit-only lanes on Market Street.

As we wrote in April, red transit-only lanes work. And now, our efforts to pioneer them have taken a step forward: State and federal agencies gave San Francisco the green light to give more transit lanes the red paint treatment.

Our recent study showed that on three downtown streets, adding red paint to highlight bus-only lanes caused fewer drivers to violate them, reduced traffic collisions and made Muni service more reliable.

Friday, June 9, 2017

A group of children sit facing three performers on a stage in a gymnasium.

Last week San Francisco Unified School District's incoming sixth-graders at four middle schools went straight to their new campuses despite the summer break to learn the ropes for success beyond elementary school. The students who will step up to middle school this fall face new challenges such as taking public transportation to school independently, using lockers, managing relationships with new peers, and in new places, such as social media. For the past two years, the SFMTA has been pleased to participate in helping students better understand their transportation options.