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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.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Black and white photograph taken in august of 1973 showing Cable Car 23 descending the Hyde Street hill from Chestnut Street. San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz island can be seen in the background.
Cable Car 23 descends the Hyde Street hill near Chestnut Street on Aug. 20, 1973.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to keep Muni's cable cars on the road year after year?

In the first of a series of posts, we'll give you an inside look at the meticulous work underway to restore one of Muni's long-running cable cars: Powell Street Cable Car 23.

In a little-known carpentry shop in the Dogpatch neighborhood, Muni's skilled craftspeople are combining their incredible carpentry skills and knowledge of the construction of cable cars to breathe new life into Cable Car 23, which has served the city for nearly 130 years.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

This weekend will be a busy one, especially in the western part of the city, with the Haight-Ashbury Street FairSunday Streets in Golden Gate Park and the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon on Sunday. Read more about featured events below.

Haight-Ashbury Street Fair 2010
Looking west down Haight Street during the 2010 Haight-Ashbury Street Fair. Photo: bobnrenee/Flickr

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A rendering of people waiting at a Muni bus stop on Geary Street at Leavenworth Street with proposed Muni and safety upgrades, including a wider sidewalk and a red transit-only lane with a bus traveling down it.
A rendering of Geary at Leavenworth Street with proposed Muni and safety upgrades.

We're looking for members to join our new Geary Community Advisory Committee (CAC), where you can help shape our Geary Rapid plans to make the streets along Muni’s 38 Geary route safer, more efficient and more vibrant for everyone.

The Geary CAC will provide input on decisions as we design and implement improvements along Geary Boulevard, Geary and O’Farrell streets. People who live, work, visit and travel on Geary are encouraged to apply.

The project team has proposed improvements on Geary to make streets safer – especially for people walking – and Muni service faster and more reliable to meet rising transportation demands in the years to come.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Parking Control Officer directing traffic at California and Kearny streets.

SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, June 6, 1 p.m.
City Hall, Room 400
Nearby Muni Routes: 5, 19, 21, 47, 49, F Market, Metro-Civic Center Station

Friday, June 2, 2017

Three photos of a newly-installed bicycle traffic signal and waiting area for left turns on The Embarcadero at North Point Street.
This week at The Embarcadero and North Point Street, we installed a new bicycle traffic signal and waiting area for left turns.

As we reimagine The Embarcadero as a better place to walk and bike along San Francisco's picturesque waterfront, we're installing a few initial upgrades this summer and measuring their impact.

The latest improvements came this week at The Embarcadero and North Point Street, where there's a new bicycle traffic signal and green-colored road markings to make left turns easier for people on bikes.

These kinds of small-scale upgrades add up to make streets safer, more comfortable and more intuitive for everyone to use. As we work with the community to develop a larger vision in the Embarcadero Enhancement Project, we wanted to make relatively quick, low-cost improvements that don't have to wait.

Here are the walking and biking improvements in store for The Embarcadero this summer – and those already in place.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Artwork displayed in advertisement slots on a Muni bus.
The work of Monica Tiulesci (shown) and four other artists was displayed on Muni buses earlier this year. Photo: SF Beautiful 

Muni Art will return for its third year in 2018, and we're calling for Bay Area artists to create breathtaking art to display for the people who make more than 700,000 trips on Muni every day.

For the first time, our effort to transform ordinary Muni buses into art galleries will go beyond visual art. In addition to our continued collaboration with San Francisco Beautiful and Supervisor London Breed, we’ve partnered with the Poetry Society of America to incorporate local poetry as part of Muni Art.

As with the most recent installation of Muni Art, artwork from five selected artists will be displayed on 100 Muni buses next January through April. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 16.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This weekend's events have a little something for everyone. Check out the Colossal Clusterfest in Civic Center, head to the Union Street Music Festival, pig out at the Heritage BBQ tour in Dogpatch or enjoy the Statuto Race along the waterfront. More information on featured events below.

Union Street Festival goers.
Union Street Festival attendees in 2016. Photo: Steven Restivo Event Services

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

People board a Muni bus in front of Balboa Park Station.

Crime on Muni vehicles and in stations has dropped steadily since 2013, as you may have heard.

The decline in crime comes even as more people ride Muni, and it correlates with our efforts with the SF Police Department to use better surveillance equipment and data to deploy police where they're needed most.

Still, it's always best to be prepared, and we thought it'd be helpful to share recommendations for the safest ways to respond.