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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Reminder: Final Muni Subway Shutdowns for New Train Tests

Muni Metro subway closures for tests on new Muni trains will continue through this weekend. Subway service will close early on weekdays at 9:30 p.m., and Friday night until Monday morning. Muni bus shuttles will operate between Embarcadero and West Portal stations. Muni Metro trains will continue to operate on the surface during the test period. For complete details, please visit our service alert page.

Italian Festival parade procession
Festa Coloniale Italiana attendees in a procession in 2008. Photo: Chad K/Flickr

Monday, August 14, 2017

New Bike Lane and Muni Boarding Island at 11th and Harrison streets.

SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 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 features a presentation on and possible adoption of the SFMTA's 20-year Capital Plan.

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.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Today marks the 100-year anniversary of Muni’s J Church rail line. Still looking spry for a centenarian, the J has operated since 1917, and it still essentially runs along the same route down Market and Church streets, through Dolores Park and Noe Valley.

While it’s not the oldest transit line in the city, the J Church is the oldest of Muni’s remaining original “letter lines," and it follows a unique path along its roughly seven-mile route.

black and white poto taken in 1934 on Church and 17th Streets.  A streetcar o the J line is stopped next to a fire truck and a man is standing between the fire truck and streetcar facing the camera.  The streetcar has a movie poster advertisement on the back reading "mae west"
A J Line streetcar stops next to a fire truck outside Everett Middle School on Church at 17th Street in 1934.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A view of 6th Street as it exists today, with four traffic lanes and people walking and biking across the street.

Help shape design details for a better 6th street at an open house meeting next Wednesday.

With the 6th Street Pedestrian Safety Project, we and SF Public Works aim to create a safer and more inviting place to walk, bike and drive on 6th, between Market and Brannan streets. In 2019, 6th Street is set to get improvements like wider sidewalks, more visible crosswalks, bike lanes, new traffic signals, as well as landscaping and street furniture.

The plans to reconfigure 6th Street’s roadway shaped by input collected through outreach efforts in 2013, and we’re now refining details on curbside parking and streetscape beautification. At next week’s open house, we’ll share the project proposal, information about the planning process, and ask for input on how to best designate curbside parking and loading zones. SF Public Works staff will be on hand to collect feedback on streetscape features like new pedestrian-oriented lighting, new trees and pavement treatments.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A car appears blurry as it moves through a crosswalk in a San Francisco intersection with pedestrians crossing in the background on Geneva Avenue.

Automated speed enforcement (ASE) is proven to reduce deadly speeding and crashes, but cities like San Francisco are prohibited from using it due to outdated state laws. In a recently published study, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) urged states like California to remove the legal barriers for cities to use this life-saving technology.

With an estimated 10,000 people killed in the country each year, and more injured, the NTSB’s study highlighted speed-related collisions as an urgent problem that has gone under-addressed.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

This weekend will be jam-packed with huge music events like Outside Lands and a Lady Gaga concert at AT&T Park, the Pistahan Parade and Festival on downtown Market Street, the Escape from the Rock Duathlon along the Marina waterfront and the Inner Sunset Flea Market. Read more about the featured events below.

Muni Service Changes: Beginning Saturday, there will be a number of stop changes along outer San Bruno Avenue for the 8, 8AX, 9 and 90 routes. And as of Monday, the 7R Haight/Noriega Rapid will be known simply as the 7 Haight/Noriega to make service easier to navigate for riders. For details on the service changes, please see our blog post from Monday.

Subway Open This Weekend: The Muni Metro subway will be open for regular service this weekend, Aug. 11-13. Subway closures for tests on new Muni trains will resume Monday, on weekdays after 9:30 p.m., and for a final weekend on Aug. 18-20. For details on the subway closures, please visit our service alert page.

2008 Outside Lands crowd
The crowd puts their hands in the air at Outside Lands in 2008. Photo: Ryan Devenish/Flickr

Monday, August 7, 2017

An 8 Bayshore Muni bus traveling on San Bruno Avenue.
An 8 Bayshore Muni bus on San Bruno Avenue. Photo: munidave/Flickr

Muni Forward service changes are coming this Saturday, Aug. 12 and Monday, Aug. 14 to simplify and improve service on the 7, 8, 8AX, 9 and 90 Owl routes. Here’s a breakdown of the changes ahead.

7 Rapid Service Becomes 7 Local Service, All Day

Starting Monday, Aug. 14, the 7R Haight/Noriega Rapid will be known simply as the 7 Haight/Noriega to help make service easier to navigate for Muni riders.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Bike lane on San Jose Avenue with a concrete barrier separating it from traffic lanes.

The buffered bike lanes on the “Bernal Cut” section of San Jose Avenue now have protective concrete barriers to make for a safer, more comfortable ride.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Ed Reiskin speaking at a podium.

From the SFMTA’s Director of Transportation:

Not since the advent of streetcars and automobiles have we seen such tremendous change in the ways people get around in cities. After decades of little change to transportation technology, recent advancements raise important questions that we all need to address.

Technological advances underlie most of the innovation that’s happening in transportation. New smartphone apps and payment systems make it a lot easier to get directions, plan and pay for trips and receive real-time transit updates with a couple of clicks. These changes are coming to all forms of transportation. Even the vehicles that move us are getting smarter and more sophisticated, allowing us to more easily detect problems and navigate our streets while keeping us safer.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

People out enjoying a street fair under a bright afternoon sky.
People enjoying the Nihonmachi Street Fair in Japantown on August 13, 2011. Photo credit: David Yu/Flickr

Nihonmachi Street Fair

Saturday and Sunday, various times

Founded in 1973, the Nihonmachi Street Fair was created to provide leadership and mentorship opportunities for the youth of Japantown and honor the cultural heritage of the neighborhood. Since then, the event has grown from a small neighborhood affair with four booths to a two-day festival that draws over 30,000 people and incorporates local music that spans genres from Taiko to salsa, rock and jazz. This year's fair will showcase work from local Asian artists, the fourth annual co-ed basketball tournament, Sunday's Doggie World, and a food fest.

How to Get There on Muni: The 2 Clement, 3 Jackson, 22 Fillmore, 31 Balboa and 38 Geary/38R Geary Rapid routes will take riders close to the event.

Muni Service Note: There are no scheduled service reroutes, but Muni service near Japantown may see minor delays due to increased ridership.