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Friday, August 18, 2017

A screenshot of Curbed SF’s map of the 10 best places to view the solar eclipse.
A screenshot of Curbed SF’s map of the “10 best places to view” the solar eclipse on Monday.

If you’re looking to witness the phenomenon that is the solar eclipse on Monday, San Francisco has plenty of great peaks and parks with open views to see it. (Using the proper eye protection to view it safely, of course.)

Curbed SF listed its “10 best places” to view the solar eclipse, and if you’re not able to walk or bike to them, the best way to get to them is, of course, Muni. But it’s not always easy to remember which Muni routes and lines can get you up to, say, Twin Peaks or Grandview Park.

So without further ado, here are the best Muni routes to get to the 10 best places to view the solar eclipse on Monday.

Thursday, August 17, 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.

Item 11: SFMTA’s 20-year Capital Plan

Adopting the SFMTA’s 20-year Capital Plan, which includes a list of capital needs linked to the agency’s Strategic Plan for projects to be funded through the Capital Improvement Program.

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.

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, July 27, 2017

New Muni train on The Embarcadero.
A new Muni train on The Embarcadero out for a beautiful night of mechanical tests.

The first week of Muni subway closures is underway to finalize tests on the next generation of Muni trains. So far, the tests have yielded some promising results and beautiful first glimpses of the new fleet on the streets.

On Friday night, one of our five new Siemens train cars left the Muni Metro East rail facility to begin automatic train control testing in the Muni Metro Subway and along the N Judah Line. Over the weekend, our team of train mechanics and other staff began the rigorous suite of mechanical tests and tweaks needed to make sure the new fleet is ready to start rolling out this year.

The team completed all of the tests planned for the first weekend, which would have taken more than three weeks to conduct during the regular overnight subway closure hours, when crews do maintenance work in the tunnel. With longer windows of uninterrupted time to conduct tests, our engineers can review test results and troubleshoot any issues much more efficiently.

Thursday, July 20, 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.

Item 11: Geary Bus Rapid Transit

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A screenshot of the SFMTA's Twitter account webpage. The account description states, "We manage Muni, parking, bike & walking projects, traffic & taxis. Follow for real-time #SFMuni updates. Hours & more info at http://sfmta.com/twitter."
A screenshot of the SFMTA's Twitter account webpage as seen today.

Believe it or not, the SFMTA’s Twitter account, "@sfmta_muni," is staffed by real people. That's right: for 96 regular hours and seven days a week, our team of customer information officers (CIOs) uses the Twitter account to provide real-time Muni alerts, respond to information requests and collect feedback.

Today, two of "the humans behind Muni's official Twitter account" were featured in a podcast by the blog Muni Diaries, which interviewed two of our three dedicated CIOs, Schad Dalton and Rick Banchero.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A car parked in a curbside parking space with marked for shared vehicles only.

Update: On Tuesday July 18, the On-Street Shared Vehicle Parking Permit Program was approved by the SFMTA Board of Directors.

Curbside parking spaces dedicated to shared vehicles have been around for a few years as part of an SFMTA pilot program. On Tuesday, our board of directors will consider creating a permanent on-street parking permit program for them.

Vehicle sharing services help free up parking spaces for those who need them most by giving people the flexibility they need to sell their car (or forego buying one). As we wrote in January, one of the key findings in our On-Street Car Sharing Pilot Program Evaluation Report (PDF) was that the average on-street shared vehicle in San Francisco is used by 19 people.

The idea behind providing on-street spaces for shared vehicles, whether they're cars or electric mopeds, is to make them more convenient to use for more residents. Since 2014, we've permitted about 200 spaces under the On-Street Car Sharing Pilot Program to supplement the spaces in parking garages and lots.