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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.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

As we continue to run rigorous tests on Muni's new light rail vehicles (LRVs), here's a look back at the testing Muni undertook in the late 1970s to prepare its first generation of LRVs for service. We appreciate Muni riders' patience during the subway closures required to conduct the tests.

black and white photo showing two men standing in front of large computer inside Boeing Light Rail car looking at graph paper printout coming from machine.
Two technicians read a printout from a testing computer on one of Muni's first Boeing LRVs in January 1978.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Cable car traveling down Powell Street.

Citizens Advisory Council Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m.
SFMTA Offices, 7th Floor, Union Square Conference Room
One South Van Ness Avenue
Nearby Muni Routes: 6, 7, 9/9R, 47, 49, F Market, Metro - Van Ness Station

Thursday's agenda will cover possible actions regarding the Dogpatch Residential Parking Permit Pilot Project, Vision Zero and increasing the number of fare inspectors.

The council meets on the first Thursday of each month, where they hear presentations from SFMTA staff with respect to any matter within the jurisdiction of SFMA and provide recommendations on those matters to the agency.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Artwork displayed in advertisement slots on a Muni bus.
Art from 2017 winner Monica Tiulesci displayed on a Muni bus earlier this year. Photo: SF Beautiful

The nominees are in, and voting is open for the next generation of art you want to see displayed on your Muni commute in 2018. Muni Art returns for its third year with visual interpretations of local poetry. 

With 10 finalists selected by a committee of representatives from local galleries, artists and arts institutions, now is your chance to vote for which five winners will have their art showcased on 20 buses each starting in January 2018.

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.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

In addition to a James Taylor concert and the Treasure Island Flea Market this beautiful weekend, the Up Your Alley Fair takes place on Sunday in SoMa (the 12 Folsom/Pacific will be rerouted). And don't forget: the Muni Metro Subway will be closed for new train tests for the second of four weekends.

A sunny day on Treasure Island in 2016
Fun and excitement awaiting all comers on Treasure Island in 2016. Photo: Tom Hilton/Flickr

Monday, July 24, 2017

22 Fillmore Muni bus on 16th Street.

Get ready for upgrades on 16th Street starting this year under the 22 Fillmore Transit Priority Project, part of Muni Forward. As we wrote last year, the project will bring improvements to make two miles of 16th safer while making Muni service on the 22 faster and more reliable. Amenities will include transit-only lanes, sidewalk extensions, transit boarding islands, accessible pedestrian signals, as well as trees and landscaping.

While the project will bring its most significant changes to the 22 route by 2020, 16th is getting initial improvements in the coming months. Work has already begun to add painted safety zones on the street and finish moving bike lanes from 16th to 17th Street.

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Muni Subway Shutdowns for New Train Testing

Muni Metro subway closures for tests on new Muni trains start this Saturday, July 22 until Sunday, Aug. 20, except for Aug. 11 - 13. Subway service will close early on weekdays at 9:30 p.m., and all weekend from Fridays nights until Monday mornings. Muni Metro trains will continue to operate on the surface during the test period. For complete details, please visit our project page.

A collage of three photos showing the new red and gray Muni light-rail vehicles in the Muni Metro East rail yard.
The new Muni trains have been arriving since January and are ready for the next phase of testing in the Metro subway.