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Friday, April 7, 2017

A Muni bus travels down a red transit-only lane on downtown Geary Street as cars travel in the adjacent traffic lanes.
A red transit-only lane on Geary at Jones Street.

It may come as no surprise that using red paint to highlight transit-only lanes causes fewer drivers to violate them, which helps keep them clear to make your Muni trip faster and more reliable. But two new studies have also confirmed that the “red carpet” treatment leads to fewer collisions and risky driving behaviors.

The new findings come from our study on red transit lanes on three downtown streets, and another conducted by the company Zendrive on changes in driving behaviors that resulted from our 14 Mission Rapid Project.

Red transit lanes are a relatively new tool. We’re pioneering them as part of our Muni Forward Rapid Network, which is why the California Traffic Control Devices Committee and the Federal Highway Administration sponsored us to conduct our study on downtown lanes.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A line of lowrider cars drives down a street with bystanders on the sidewalk in the Mission District on a sunny day.Lowriders cruise at the Carnaval parade in the Mission in 2011. Photo: Carnaval.com Studios/Flickr

Events

There will be no shortage of events this weekend in San Francisco. Head over to Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park to catch SF Deltas soccer or to West Portal for the 29th annual Fine Arts and Crafts Show. Check out this week's featured events below.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Join us for San Francisco’s fifth annual Walk to Work Day this Thursday, April 6 to celebrate foot-based transportation in one of the most walkable cities in the country.

Walk to Work Day, organized by Walk SF and sponsored by the SFMTA, is a great chance to see how easy, fun, and energizing it can be to integrate walking into your daily life. Every trip – whether it’s by car, transit or even bicycle – starts and ends with walking, so just about anyone can work in an opportunity to see the city by foot.

Image with text, Walk to Work Day, Thursday April 6, 2017. Get Off One Stop Earlier. Walking 15 Minutes Counts. Walk2workday.org. #Walk2Work. Presented by Jones Clifford, Walking Melodia Kelly Shcoenberger, SFMTA and Walk San Francisco.
Celebrate Walk to Work Day on April 6 – even walking for 15 minutes of your commute counts.

Monday, April 3, 2017

A Muni bus on the 29 Sunset route on the recently-redesigned Mansell Street in McLaren Park.
A Muni bus on the 29 Sunset route on the recently-redesigned Mansell Street in McLaren Park.

SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, April 4, 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 presentations and discussions regarding the Western Addition Community Transportation Plan, approval of Union Tentative Agreements and the Taxi Medallion Renewal Fee.

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, March 30, 2017

A 1968 photo of people riding a cable car at night as it stops at Powell and Bush streets.

It might be hard to believe that until 1965, women were deprived of the joy of standing on the running boards on either side of San Francisco’s cable cars.

Just three years prior to the time of the 1968 photo above, the now-familiar sight of men and women riding a cable car with equal access was unofficially prohibited. The practice was changed after Mona Hutchins, a 19-year-old UC Berkeley student and free speech advocate, stood up and was arrested for refusing to yield an unwritten restriction that didn’t apply to men.

As Women’s History Month comes to a close, scenes from our photo archives like these remind us that while social progress may still seem hard-won today, it can be easy to take for granted the changes that have moved us on from eras past.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Dozens of people covers in colorful dye in the middle of a park surrounded by trees
Participants at a celebration of the Holi Festival of Colors in Parkmerced on March 14, 2009. Photo: Cary Bass-Deschenes/Flickr

Events: 

As flowers bloom in the park this colorful spring weekend, cheer for orange and black at AT&T Park and celebrate with a festival where you can turn your friends into living rainbows.

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, March 24, 2017

From Friday, March 31 to Friday, April 7, the SFMTA is closing off a small segment of northbound Octavia Street, from Linden to Hayes streets, for the Octavia Open Street events that will experiment with opening this block for people who want to walk or bike more in the neighborhood. Through our ongoing community outreach work on the Octavia Boulevard Enhancement Project, we’ve heard a clear and consistent neighborhood interest in creating more public space and creating livability improvements near Patricia’s Green. 

People sitting in chairs and bicycles parked in a public space next to Patricia's Green park on Octavia Street near Hayes Street.

This open streets event won’t just help us evaluate how a closure like this would work. It will highlight the overall public realm opportunities along this popular boulevard for everyone in the area.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

In the era of prosperity after World War II, Americans envisioned a future where space-age technology would bring greater ease and comfort to everyday life. People would have robot pets, live in bubble houses and ride mass transit via silent and speedy monorails. San Francisco took its first steps towards that vision in the 1960s with the construction of the Muni Metro / Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) project to replace outdated streetcars with sleek trains that zip across town through the Market Street Subway.

Moving from streetcars to modern light rail vehicles (LRVs) was a trend among similar cities at the time. But Muni needed a special kind of vehicle that could serve both low-level platforms at its pre-existing stops on surface streets and high-level platforms in the new subway stations.

A mid-century style Muni light rail vehicle with orange stripes and the Muni worm logo is crossing the intersection at Church Street and Duboce Avenue. In the background a bright yellow building and late 1970s style vehicles are visible.
A first-generation Muni light rail vehicle, built by Boeing, on Duboce Avenue at Church Street. Known for both their funky paint schemes and frequent breakdowns, many residents remember these train cars with mixed feelings of nostalgia.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Events

This weekend you can enjoy an island Easter egg hunt, National Corn Dog Day and a chance to run off all those extra calories while rocking and rolling 13.1 miles though the city.

Man Running in Rock&Roll Marathon 2016
Rock'n Roll San Francisco Half Marathon on April 3, 2016. Photo: Jun Selta/Flickr

National Corn Dog Day
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
SoMa

Creative corn dog specials from an all-star lineup of food trucks, PBR specials and swag giveaways, a cornhole tournament and corndog eating contest are just a few of the features of the country’s biggest National Corn Dog Day festival. Stop by the SoMa StrEat Food Park this Saturday for a unique day of food and fun.