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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Creme and Green Livery Street with a red bow on the front behind a red ribbon.
The Harvey Milk Streetcar PCC 1051 at its reintroduction ribbon cutting on March 15, 2017. SFMTA Photo Archive

Last Wednesday, media, community groups, local merchants and government officials gathered as the Harvey Milk Streetcar PCC 1051 went back into service. This rolling tribute to former Supervisor Harvey Milk is painted in the same green-and-cream livery that Muni used when Milk was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1977. The “museum in motion” also features interior placards with text and photos detailing the life of Milk and his impact on both transportation advocacy and the LGBTQ movement. Supervisor Milk was the first San Francisco Supervisor to regularly use a Muni Fast Pass.

Monday, March 20, 2017

49 Mission and Van Ness traveling up Van Ness in the afternoon
Northbound 49 Van Ness-Mission Route traveling to North Point Street.  SFMTA Photo Archive.

Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, March 21, 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 is light, featuring the agency's efforts to increase disadvantaged business enterprises in its contracts.  The Board’s agenda is posted online.

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 Boards webpage 72 hours in advance. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

This week, we released our Two-Year Vision Zero Action Strategy for 2017-2018, the foundation for how and why San Francisco is working to end traffic deaths on our streets.

The document comes just as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution this week urging the California State Legislature and Governor to pass California State Assembly Bill 342, the Safe Streets Act of 2017. This bill would give San Francisco and San Jose the authority to pilot automated speed enforcement – a proven, cost-effective solution to help us move toward Vision Zero.

Our new Vision Zero Action Strategy outlines the initiatives city departments must lead to reach that goal, the challenges we face and the drive behind our commitment to making it a reality. It’s also a look at our progress since San Francisco adopted Vision Zero in 2014, including the number of lives lost in 2016 and the impact of our efforts to bring it to zero.

The strategy is focused on three main outcomes San Francisco needs to achieve to eliminate traffic fatalities: Safe streets, safe people and safe vehicles.

Three icons with text. Safe streets, safe people, safe vehicles.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Muni operator, seated in the bus driver seat, greets a customer with a smile.
A Muni operator greets a customer with a smile.

As many celebrate all things Irish tomorrow, we’ll also be celebrating our Muni drivers for Transit Driver Appreciation Day. While the official day is on Saturday, we want to recognize the men and women who serve the city’s visitors and residents as bus and rail operators for their efforts to ensure we arrive safely at our destinations.

Among the thousands of people it takes to keep Muni and the rest of our transportation system moving, Muni operators have one of the toughest jobs. For hours on end, they keep the city moving,  announce stops, answer questions for customers and so much more. And they do this all while safely maneuvering an extra-large vehicle through unpredictable city traffic, some really tight spaces and difficult terrain. We want to say thanks.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Original facade of Kezar Stadium on a bright, sunny day.
Kezar Stadium on June 20, 2011. Photo: Graham C99/Flickr

Event:

San Francisco Deltas Soccer
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Kezar Stadium

San Francisco’s newest professional sports team, the San Francisco Deltas of the North American Soccer League, will host the Sacramento Republic FC in a friendly exhibition matchup this Saturday at Kezar Stadium. The Deltas kick off their regular season next Saturday, March 25. They will play 16 home games at Kezar with the season ending on October 28.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Muni buses on Market Street travel down red-colored transit-only lanes, approaching riders waiting on a boarding island, with a bus shelter labeled, "Muni Rapid."
A screenshot from the Streetfilms video, “Riders First: How Buses Are Moving San Francisco Forward.”

It can be easy to lose track of all our efforts to move Muni Forward, so it’s helpful to get a fresh look and take stock of the work we’ve done.

A video released last week called “Riders First: How Buses Are Moving San Francisco Forward,” produced by the nonprofit organizations Streetfilms and TransitCenter, highlighted our “systematic, rider-centric approach to improving bus service across the city.”

Monday, March 13, 2017

A visualization of Geary Boulevard at Buchanan Street with Geary Rapid improvements. People, including a chauffeured group school children, cross Geary using crosswalk that's separated into two sections by a waiting area in the median. Muni buses use red-colored, curbside transit-only lanes.
A visualization of Geary Boulevard at Buchanan Street with Geary Rapid improvements.

March 29 Update: The next major step for the Geary projects (both the Geary Rapid project and the Geary Boulevard Improvement Project) is a hearing at an SFMTA Board of Directors meeting this summer to complete local environmental review approvals. Then, once the Federal Transit Administration has signed off on the final environmental impact statement, the Geary Rapid project team will complete the outreach described below to finalize design details. Implementation of the Geary Rapid improvements is expected to start next year. 

We’re gearing up to start the first set of Geary transit upgrades later this year.

In the coming months, we will launch further outreach for the Geary Rapid Project, which focuses on early improvements on the stretch of the 38 Geary route between Market Street and Stanyan streets. In the meantime, we will finalize the design and construction of longer-term improvements for the Geary Boulevard Improvement Project.

With the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) approved unanimously by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) Board in January, lead management of the project is transitioning from the SFCTA to the SFMTA, which will design and implement Geary improvements as two separate projects. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Rendering of the Wiggle
“Neighborway” projects will combine traffic-calming design features like raised crosswalks and sidewalk bulb-outs, like those seen in this rendering for the Wiggle Neighborhood Green Corridor Project.

Neighborhood streets should feel quiet, safe and inviting, especially to walk and bike to nearby destinations like parks, schools and shops. But residential streets often need design help to feel truly welcoming, especially if you’re taking kids along for the journey.

As laid out in our new Pedaling Forward document this week, we’re launching a new type of street design project called “neighborways.” Open houses for the first of these projects — on Page Street and 8th Avenue — will take place this Saturday and next week (more on those below).

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Photo of people bicycling by a totem-shaped bicycle counter with a digital display on Market Street. Text states, Pedaling Forward, A Glance at the SFMTA’s Bike Program for 2017 - 2021.

More and more people in San Francisco see their bicycle as a convenient way to get around as we invest in a network of safer, better bikeways. As these bikeways grow, so does interest about what the future of bicycling in San Francisco will look like.

Today, we’re releasing a new document to share our vision and the plans in place to build a better city for biking: Pedaling Forward: A Glance at the SFMTA’s Bike Program for 2017 - 2021.

This guide helps explain our approach to creating a bike-friendly city and the current five-year outlook on our city’s strategy to invest more than $112 million in 92 miles of bike infrastructure projects, as laid out in our Fiscal Year 2017-2021 Capital Improvement Plan (PDF).

Creating a connected network of safe, low-stress streets for bicycling is crucial to keeping our city moving sustainably and to reaching the city’s Vision Zero goal to eliminate all traffic fatalities.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Daylight Saving Reminder:

Don’t forget to turn your clocks forward one hour this Sunday as Daylight Saving Time begins. It’s a good chance to test your smoke detectors and replace their batteries if needed.

Transbay Terminal Construction Alert:

Now through Saturday, April 1: Construction work for the Transbay Terminal requires a closure of Beale Street between Mission and Howard streets. All routes terminating at Transbay Terminal will have minor re-routes.

Events

Take advantage of the dry weather this weekend and enjoy the parades, music, food and fun in the downtown, Visitacion Valley and Mission District areas.

SFPD mounted units leading parade in 2007.
Members of the San Francisco Police Department’s Mounted Unit at the start of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17, 2007. Photo credit: Sam Soneja/Flickr.