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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

 People watching a musical performance on a car-free roadway at Sunday Streets on Valencia Street.
Sunday Streets on Valencia Street in the Mission.

Nothing says spring has sprung better than the arrival of the Sunday Streets season in San Francisco.

So mark this Sunday, March 12 on your calendar, because that's when the first event of 2017 kicks off on Valencia Street in the Mission, between Duboce Avenue and 26th Street, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Sunday Streets is an annual series of events in the city that turn large sections of streets in the heart of neighborhoods throughout San Francisco into car-free spaces for celebration. Tens of thousands of people come out to bicycle, enjoy musical entertainment, learn about SF neighborhoods and explore the area in a way you can't do during a typical day with traffic on the streets. The celebrations are held each month from March through October.

For the 10th year, the SFMTA will participate as the primary city sponsor of Sunday Streets, an event organized by the nonprofit Livable City in partnership with agencies including the Department of Public Health and the Office and Economic and Workforce Development.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Intersection of 8th Avenue and Anza Street.
Proposals for the 8th Avenue Neighborway Project will be featured at an open house on March 15.

Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, March 7, 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 traffic modifications  for the Palou Avenue Streetscape Project and a contract for the M Ocean View Track Replacement Project.  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 Board’s webpage 72 hours in advance.

Friday, March 3, 2017

An artists rendering shows the intersection of Van Ness and Union once construction is complete, including center-running bus lanes and boarding platforms.

We joined our partner agencies, elected officials and community members Wednesday to celebrate the start of construction on the Van Ness Improvement Project, which will include San Francisco’s first bus rapid transit system.

“This project is essential to reshaping how San Franciscans get around the city efficiently," said SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin. “Van Ness will benefit from better transit, strengthened infrastructure and safer streets for all."

Thursday, March 2, 2017

 "100 years on the J Church March 4th & 5th at the Old Mint- 88 5th St. at Mission"
Join us at SF History Days to travel through the history of the J Church, one of Muni’s oldest lines, from its opening in 1917 to today.

This weekend, we'll join over 70 other historical organizations and museums for San Francisco History Days 2017, a two-day exposition of San Francisco history from A to Z.

The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5, at the Old Mint on 5th Street at Mission Street.

We'll put on a short slideshow exhibit exploring the 100-year history of Muni’s J Church Line.  Here's a sneak peek of a few photos from the exhibit.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A person bikes on Valencia Street in a bike lane placed between a lane of parked cars and a sidewalk curb, with parking meters featuring instructional flyers.

San Francisco’s first raised, parking-protected bike lane, which we wrote about in October, was completed this week on a short stretch of northbound Valencia Street, south of Cesar Chavez Street.

This street design flips around the conventional setup of car parking and bike lanes most San Franciscans are used to. Instead of the bike lane being placed between parked cars and the traffic lane, the bike lane runs curbside between the sidewalk and parked cars, with space to load in between. And in this case, the bike lane is physically raised slightly from the roadway by a small curb.

Since Monday morning, we’ve seen all cars parked in line with the new arrangement, and we’ve heard strongly positive responses from people on the street. That’s no surprise, since this configuration helps organize the street into a more predictable pattern for people walking, biking and driving.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

An N Judah Muni Metro train enters the subway portal at Duboce Avenue and Church Street.
The Muni Metro subway portal at Duboce Avenue and Church Street, where a motorist entered the tunnel early Monday morning, leading to later service disruptions. Photo: Jerold Chinn/SFBay

Muni Metro service was severely disrupted yesterday and today, especially for riders on the J Church and N Judah lines, due to a subway track switch that was nearly destroyed by a motorist who drove recklessly into the tunnel early Monday morning.

This could have had catastrophic results because of the location of the switch. Muni staff were able to respond quickly and salvage the materials to re-open subway service on time that morning, but the switch malfunctioned later that afternoon.

We sincerely apologize – these kinds of disruptions for Muni customers are unacceptable, but when they do occur, we do our best to resolve them as soon as possible. In this post, we wanted to shed some light on the issue and what we’re doing to prevent it from happening again.

The Facts Behind the Disruption

As of this publication, the periods of disruption were:

  • Monday, from 3:20 to 7:40 p.m. (through the evening rush hour)

  • Tuesday, from 10:50 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.

These disruptions were caused by the damaged track switch that malfunctioned, preventing inbound J Church and N Judah trains from entering the Market Street subway via the portal at Duboce Avenue and Church Street.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

People walk diagonally across the intersection of Clay and Kearny streets.
During a pedestrian "scramble," traffic signals allow people to cross in every direction, including diagonally.

At bustling city intersections, the nature of walking provides a particular advantage: When everyone moves at a human pace, people on foot can safely cross in every direction at the same time.

That’s the idea behind a pedestrian "scramble,” a traffic signal feature that can make traffic flow more safely and efficiently at certain busy intersections.

Yesterday, we joined community members to celebrate our newest scramble at Clay and Kearny streets, where Chinatown meets the Financial District.

Pedestrian scrambles are an addition to the usual cycle of traffic signal phases – a green light and “walk” signal for one street, a red light for the other. During a “scramble” phase, all traffic lights turn red, and all “walk” signals turn on, even in diagonal directions. That lets people cross the street without having to worry about turning drivers who fail to yield to them.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Muni Service Changes This Saturday

Our latest round of Muni Forward service changes will include:

  • Stop removals on the L Taraval Line
  • More frequent service on the 8AX Bayshore Express, 25 Treasure Island and 29 Sunset
  • Moving the 28R 19th Avenue Rapid Route’s southern terminal to Geneva and San Jose avenues
  • More 60-foot trolley buses on the 5 Fulton and 5R Fulton Rapid routes

For complete details on all the upcoming changes and affected routes, please see our February 17 blog post.

Tent covered vending tables line a narrow walkway on both sides as people look and shop.
The Treasure Island Flea on April 23, 2016. Photo: Fabrice Florin/Flickr.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

We’re pioneering new types of traffic signal designs to reduce illegal left turns along Muni’s T Third Line, and we need your input.

The two signal designs below were recently installed at intersections on 3rd Street. With efforts including a new survey, you can weigh in on which signal is more effective at making intersections safer while making Muni Metro lines faster and more reliable.

Which of these signals most effectively indicates that a train is coming through the intersection? Take our survey and let us know.

 A traffic signal featuring a flashing, filled-in image of a train on tracks attached to a pole beneath a left turn traffic signal and above a "Do Not Enter" sign. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Over the past month, we’ve been rolling out the initial Muni Forward safety treatments along Taraval Street as part of the L Taraval Rapid Project. Despite the ongoing rain, we’ve made progress on every component, including the “clear zones,” upgraded boarding zones and transit-only lanes.

Here’s a look at our progress on Taraval so far.

People on Taraval Street board a stopped Muni train from the roadway with pavement markings that say, "TRANSIT BOARDING ZONE" and a posted sign that says, "STATE LAW - STOP HERE WHEN" along with an image of a train and passenger.
Pilot boarding zone upgrades on Taraval at 40th Avenue.