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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

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.

Monday, July 3, 2017

A 67 coach driving through Bernal Heights.

Northwest Bernal Heights Engineering Public Hearing

Friday, July 7, 10 a.m.
City Hall, Room 416
Nearby Muni Routes:  5, 19, 21, 47, 49, F Market, Metro-Civic Center Station

Residents of northwest Bernal Heights have petitioned the SFMTA to form a new residential parking permit area to better manage and find parking closer to their homes.

In May 2017, a majority of residents voted to move forward with residential permit parking.  A breakdown of the voting results and project timeline can be found in the project's latest website update.

The proposal to create an RPP area on these blocks will be heard at an SFMTA Engineering Public Hearing at 10 a.m.  Interested parties are invited to attend and comment on the proposal.

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.

Monday, May 22, 2017

A man uses a touch screen for the new parking garage payment system.
New parking payment systems allow customers to use Apple Pay and provide on-screen instructions in multiple languages.

We’re excited to introduce new 21st-century technology at city-owned parking facilities to enhance the customer experience. The new Parking Access Revenue Control Systems (PARCS) will make exiting faster, improve customer service and provide enhanced credit card security. The Polk-Bush Garage is the first to completely receive these state-of-the-art upgrades, which will be completed by 2019.

PARCS is a combination of hardware and software that provides the infrastructure to run a parking facility. This operational investment in the city’s infrastructure will make for a smoother experience for city drivers.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Bus driving up Van Ness Avenue, foreground is a construction notice posted for the Van Ness Improvement Project.

SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, May 16, 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 approval of resolutions on transportation funding priorities for a regional ballot measure in 2018 and reallocating funds from the 2014 Transportation and Road Improvement General Obligation Bond to various programs and projects.

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, April 13, 2017

A corner on Vicente Street with existing “front-in” angled parking and “daylighting.”
A corner on Vicente Street with existing “front-in” angled parking and “daylighting.”

Like most streets in the Outer Sunset, Vicente Street has road space to spare. We’ve proposed changes to Vicente, from 17th Avenue to the beach, that would re-align parking spaces to add more of them, improve visibility at street corners and add bike lanes.

These changes are on the agenda for our bi-weekly engineering public hearing tomorrow, and there will be other chances to weigh in on them before they’re approved.

Here are the changes proposed for Vicente, between 17th Ave. and Lower Great Highway:

Monday, April 17, 2017

Outbound 48 Quintara-24th Street bus driving past a yellow building in the afternoon.

SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, April 18, 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 approval of a parking-protected bike lane along eastbound 13th Street, between Folsom and Bryant streets, and contract amendments to purchase 185 new 40-foot electric trolley buses.

Monday, March 27, 2017

In two weeks, San Francisco will celebrate Giants Opening Day. This week, the Giants will host the Oakland Athletics for two pre-season games at AT&T park.

With the start of baseball season comes planning for getting to and from SF's beautiful ballpark. 

Muni light rail vehicle passes in front of AT&T Park.
Muni light rail vehicles travel down King Street in front of AT&T Park.

As in previous years, there are many choices for travel during baseball season — designed to facilitate safe, timely and reliable service to and from the ballpark and beyond.

Friday, January 20, 2017

A car parked in a curbside parking space with car-share markings.

A lot of San Franciscans only need to drive sometimes. If you can mostly get around by foot, bike and transit, you might not need to own a car, but would like to still have a convenient option to drive for the occasional mountain hike or furniture shopping.

That’s why we’ve seen the recent rise of car sharing: Cars you can rent near your home, for those who don’t want to own a whole car - just “enough” car.

Car sharing services give people the flexibility they need to sell their car (or forego buying one). In turn, it frees up parking spaces for those who need them most.

But just how many people use each car-share vehicle? And as we bring more on-street car-share parking spaces to make it convenient for more people, how do we best foster these services to benefit everyone in the city?

These are the kinds of questions we explored in our new On-Street Car Sharing Pilot Program Evaluation Report [PDF]. Through this pilot program, since 2014 we’ve permitted about 200 dedicated curbside parking spaces to car sharing services around the city to supplement the spaces in parking garages and lots.