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Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Ford GoBike bike-share station in front of the Ferry Building on The Embarcadero, with a Muni streetcar passing behind.
A Ford GoBike bike-share station in front of the Ferry Building on The Embarcadero.

Ford GoBike launched yesterday, marking a new beginning for bike sharing in the Bay Area.

By the end of 2018, Ford GoBike will grow to 7,000 bikes at 546 stations, making it the nation’s second-largest bike-share program.

New bike-share stations are hitting the ground now to grow the system in San Francisco to 1,750 bikes by end of the year. Expansions in the East Bay and San Jose are expected to begin the week of July 10.

The original fleet of 700 bikes, launched as a pilot project in 2013 under the name of Bay Area Bike Share, was "very modest but successful," said SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin at a press event yesterday. "Today marks the day we build on that success and blow it out of the water, increasing bike-share in the region by tenfold."

To plan the locations for new bike-share stations, Ford GoBike continues to hold community meetings and collect input online to consult residents, businesses, local agencies and elected officials.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Crowd at the 2016 Fillmore Jazz Fest
Spectators enjoy live music at the 2016 Fillmore Jazz Festival. Photo: Stephen/Flickr

Fourth of July: Extra Muni Service, Parking Will Be Enforced

This Tuesday, the 4th of July holiday, Muni will operate on a Sunday schedule, and extra Muni service will be provided to and from the fireworks display on The Embarcadero.

Parking Restrictions Enforced: Seven-day street sweeping restrictions and parking meters (including those meters on Port of San Francisco property) will be enforced.

Parking Restrictions Not Enforced: Residential parking permit, Monday through Friday street sweeping, and commuter tow-away restrictions will not be enforced. For complete details, visit the holiday enforcement schedule webpage.

Read more about getting to the July 4th fireworks and this weekend's featured events below.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Four versions of Muni tickets with artwork.
The tickets dispensed from Muni’s new fareboxes feature these four pieces of winning Muni Art.

If you’ve bought one of the tickets from one of our new Muni fareboxes, you may have noticed that the back sides feature some beautiful artwork.

These works are from the winners of the inaugural year of Muni Art, and were displayed on 50 Muni buses in 2016. As we roll out a new type of Muni ticket, we took the opportunity to double them as a canvas for local art.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Two photos of SFMTA staff in the contingent in the Pride parade, standing on a decorated motorized Cable Car 62 and walking in front of it holding a banner that says, "Moving People With Pride."
The SFMTA contingent in this weekend’s Pride parade, featuring motorized Cable Car 62.

We were thrilled to move people with pride this weekend as we celebrated and hosted another extravagant Pride festival and parade. We always love to show our colors in the parade with a ride on our decked-out motorized Cable Car 62, and this year’s event seemed to be one of the most spectacular yet.

Friday, June 23, 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.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

As we close in on Pride weekend, we bring you the history behind motorized Cable Car 62, Muni's readymade "float" that will be in the midst of the parade action this Sunday.

Color photograph from June 26, 2016 showing Muni motorized cable car 62 decorated in rainbow banners on Market Street as part of Pride parade.
Motorized Cable Car 62, decked out at last year’s Pride Parade on Market at Powell Street on June 26, 2016.

Many people mistake Car 62 for just another one of the numerous cable car-style tour buses that run around our city. But unlike the imitators, Car 62 was actually one of a few real cable cars converted into a motor vehicle.

Car 62 began life as part of the California Street Cable Railroad Company (a.k.a. Cal Cable) fleet, and it was originally numbered Car 61. It was built for Cal Cable's Jones Street Shuttle Line, which ran on Jones between Market and O'Farrell streets to connect passengers to the company's main lines (the California Street Line and the O'Farrell, Jones & Hyde Line). 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The first weekend of summer and the last weekend of June will draw an estimated one million people into the city for the world-famous Pride celebration. While Pride weekend will take center stage in the city this weekend, don’t forget that the San Francisco Giants will begin a six game home stand on Friday. Muni service will be increased and get you out to AT&T Park for those games against the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies. Now, here's what you can expect during this weekend's Pride events.

Muni Contingent in 2016 SF Pride Parade
The SFMTA contingent during the 2016 Pride Parade. SFMTA Photo Archive

Pride Weekend

Friday through Sunday
Castro and Civic Center

"A Celebration of Diversity” is the theme of this year’s San Francisco Pride festivities which will begin Friday night with the Trans March procession from Dolores Park to the Tenderloin. Saturday will feature the Dyke March as it makes its way from Dolores Park to the Castro. Also on Saturday and Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people will make their way to the Civic Center Plaza for the Pride Celebration, which will feature music and dance performances on several stages plus appearances by nationally and internationally recognized LGBT stars.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

People walking, biking and driving across Taylor Street at Eddy Street.

Starting with an open house next week, we’re kicking off the Safer Taylor Street project to shape a plan that will make Taylor safer and more equitable for everyone getting around.

For this project, the SFMTA, the Department of Public Health, San Francisco Public Works and the Planning Department will come together to collaborate with the community of residents, businesses, social services and advocacy organizations that care about Taylor to develop a new vision for the street.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Cable Car headed down Powell Street.

Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, June 20, 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 consideration of a new Shared Electric Moped Parking Permit program, street changes for the Potrero Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project, an update on the Van Ness Improvement Project and a presentation on the SF County Transportation Authority’s Transportation Network Company Activity Report.

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, 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.