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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

People watching as dogs compete at a dog show.
The Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show on January 30, 2011. Photo credit: Aforonda/Flickr.

Events:

SF Zoo Lunar New Year Celebration
Saturday and Sunday
Sunset

This Saturday is Chinese New Year and the San Francisco Zoo helps to usher in the Year of the Rooster this weekend and next weekend as it hosts its Lunar New Year Celebration. In addition to traditional Chinese lion and folk dance performances, there will also be a zodiac scavenger hunt through the zoo where participants can learn interesting facts about the animals featured in the Chinese calendar.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

A man rides in a bike lane between the sidewalk and a concrete island where people board a Muni bus on 11th Street at Harrison Street.

At 11th and Harrison streets in SoMa, we recently made a subtle but important safety upgrade for people biking and boarding Muni. While this street design is common internationally, it’s still fairly novel for American cities, but we're looking to make improvements like these to make our streets easier to navigate.

As part of Muni Forward upgrades for the 9 San Bruno route last month, we “flipped” the southbound bus stop and bike lane on 11th Street: The bike lane now runs between the sidewalk and a new transit boarding island.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Pedestrians wait to cross in front of Balboa Park Station while a bus pulls up in the red transit-only lane and traffic passes on the left.
Geneva Avenue shows some of the recent Balboa Park area improvements, including a bus-and-taxi-only lane and new median plantings.

Balboa Park Station Community Advisory Committee: 6 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24
City College of San Francisco, Multi-Use Building Room 140
55 Phelan Ave.
Nearby Muni Routes: 8, 8BX, 29, 43, 49, 54, Muni Metro: J, K, M

Stop by for a series of presentations highlighting what the city is working on for Balboa Park Station. Speakers from SF Planning, the SFCTA, and BART will be on-hand to provide project updates and answer any questions. Topics include the Balboa Area Transportation Demand Management Plan, I-280 Interchange Modifications, and BART’s Kiss-and-Ride. The full agenda is available online.

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.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

We recently passed a major milestone: The SFMTA Photo Archive now has over 8,000 photos, spanning 50 years of San Francisco transit history, digitized and published online for you to explore.

For today’s trip back in time, we’ll share three samples from the years between 1903 and 1953, all taken on Market Street.

Black and white photograph showing an overhead view of Market Street, looking east from 4th Street.  Pedestrians are walking across Market at the bottom of the frame, with streetcars, buses, and automobiles mid-frame beyond. building facades flank the street at frame left and right.  Photo taken October 1, 1948.
Buses, streetcars and pedestrians on Market, looking east from 4th Street on October 1, 1948.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Afternoon day on Market Street facing the Ferry Building.
Facing eastbound on Market Street on April 20, 2011. SFMTA Photo Archive

Events

Chinese Flower Market
Saturday and Sunday
Grant Ave. in Chinatown

On the weekend before Chinese New Year Day, the Chinese Flower Market Fair in Chinatown will help kick off the festivities for Lunar year 4715, better known as the Year of the Rooster. This two-day event will feature acrobats, folk dancers and opera, plus the opportunity to buy traditional fruits, candies, flowers and plants in advance of new year celebrations.

Due to street closures on Grant Avenue from Clay Street to Broadway, pedestrian and vehicle traffic congestion is expected to be heavy on surrounding streets. Please plan ahead, add extra travel time and utilize alternative routes to avoid delays.

Muni service note: The 10 Townsend and 12 Folsom/Pacific will be re-routed.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tree-lined intersection with pedestrians and cars crossing and bright yellow and green markings.

Last month, we unveiled the latest street design upgrade for SF — a protected intersection at 9th and Division streets. A protected intersection uses simple features like concrete islands to make moving through the intersection safer for everyone, whether they’re walking, biking or driving. 

Today, we’re sharing a video with more details and a link to some interesting time lapse videos of the changes with thanks to local transportation advocate Thomas Rogers.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Photos of the new Muni train outside in the train yard.

Updated Jan. 22 with a video from the event at the bottom of the post.

It’s here, and it’s real: The first of a new generation of Muni Metro trains arrived today, marking a huge milestone for the fleet that will play a major role in transforming the Muni-riding experience in the years to come.

Just hours after being delivered from the Siemens factory in Sacramento, we unveiled Muni light rail vehicle 2001 today at our Muni Metro East facility, where it will be tested to ensure a smooth introduction into service in late summer.

SFMTA staff, including Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin and Muni Operations Director John Haley, were joined by London Breed, president of the SF Board of Supervisors, and Michael Cahill, president of the Rail Systems Division at Siemens USA.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Artwork by Monica Tiuslesci

If you’re a regular Muni rider, you may have noticed: Muni Art is back.

The artwork of five winning artists started rolling out in December and will be displayed on 100 buses within the next few weeks.

Yesterday, we were honored to join our partners at City Hall to launch the return of Muni Art, reigniting a successful relationship between local art and local transit. We were joined by Board of Supervisors President London Breed, our program partner SF Beautiful, the winning artists and the program’s generous sponsors.

Now, in the program’s second year, the art is on twice as many buses.

“Starting this week, San Francisco will have 100 rolling art galleries serving the dual purpose of transporting and delighting their customers,” said SFMTA Board Chairman Tom Nolan. “It is our honor to once again showcase this win-win relationship between local artists and our riders.”

Muni Art is a collaboration with SF Beautiful to promote local artists and enhance the transit experience.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Dr. King Holiday: Muni Service and Parking Enforcement Schedule

This Monday, in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Muni will operate on a Saturday schedule.

Parking meters and restrictions for seven-day street sweeping will be enforced.

However, there will be no enforcement of parking restrictions for:

  • Monday through Friday street sweeping
  • Residential parking permits
  • Commute hour tow-away zones

For complete details, visit the holiday enforcement schedule webpage.

Events

Illuminated waterfalls at night.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at the Yerba Buena Gardens on November 29, 2008. Photo credit: Denmark/Flickr.