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Friday, November 18, 2016

Parking-protected bike lanes, Muni boarding islands and pedestrian safety measures are bound for 7th and 8th streets in the South of Market District.

On Tuesday, the SFMTA Board of Directors approved sweeping improvements that will make 7th and 8th streets, between Market and Folsom streets, safer for everyone.

View of plan for 8th and Howard streets.
A view of the plan for 8th and Howard streets, with a parking-protected bike lane and Muni boarding island on 8th. Painted safety zones are shown in yellow at street corners. Full plan views are available on the project webpage.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The SF Municipal Railway (Muni) had operated for a little over a year when its Potrero Division was constructed in 1914. The division still operates out of its original building at Mariposa and Hampshire streets, on the border of Potrero Hill and the Mission District, and hosts Muni’s largest trolley buses.

This historic facility, once known as the “17th Street Car House,” has a few unique features, like a relaxing “rec hall” for operators and a second-floor trolley bus yard, once called the “flight deck.”

In a rare behind-the-scenes image below from the division’s early years, streetcar operators can be seen taking advantage of the recreation hall in 1925, playing a game of pool while they wait to start their next streetcar run.

Two images are shown together as a collage. On the left is an image of two Muni streetcar operators in old fashioned uniforms standing around a pool table with a game in progress at the recreation room at Potrero Division. The image is black and white and was taken in 1925. On the right is an image of an outdoor bus yard, with two levels of storage for trolley buses. The buses at the top are lined up as if on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier. On the bottom level, a bus is going through an industrial-size bus washer.
Left: Potrero Division in the 1920s, an enjoyable place for operators to pass the time between “split” runs, had a “rec hall” with billiards tables, a shuffleboard table and tobacco spittoons. Right: Potrero’s custom-built “flight deck,” seen here in 1949, houses trolley buses above facilities including a washer.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

As the holiday season knocks on the front door, this weekend will be quiet. The lone bright spot (and we do mean bright) will be the Embarcadero Lighting ceremony on Friday.

If you’re in need of something to do, be sure to review these event calendars to discover what’s going on near you this weekend: FunCheapSF, EventBrite, SF Weekly and SFGate.


Embarcadero Center lights at night
Embarcadero Lighting Ceremony on November 28, 2008. Photo credit: Ingrid Taylar/Flickr.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Customers stand on a subway platform while the gray and red Muni train pulls into the station.
Muni customers wait to board an S Shuttle train at Castro Station. Muni's subway carries more than 100,000 trips per day.

On Monday morning last week, a group of commuters at Castro Station cheered when a Muni train arrived with plenty of room to board.

That was the day we re-launched regular S Shuttle service in the subway to provide relief from overcrowding during the morning rush hour. If you’re a regular morning commuter on Muni's subway, we want to hear what you think.

During the average morning commute, trains headed downtown are often quite full when they arrive at the subway stations. To provide some more room, we added two one-car shuttle trains that make multiple trips in the subway between Embarcadero and Castro station. Over the past week, the shuttles were carrying approximately 100 customers per trip.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Commuter shuttles have become a larger part of San Francisco’s commute over the past few years, and they’ve garnered quite a bit of attention – to say the least.

The good news is that the regulations we put in place under our Commuter Shuttle Program have reduced their impacts on the city’s streets.  We’ve laid out the results of the program in our new report [pdf], as well as findings on the idea of creating concentrated shuttle “hubs” (more on that below).

The data we collected from April to September this year shows that shuttles are keeping more cars off the road, and that more shuttle operators are playing by the rules.

Commuter shuttle travelling on downtown city streets

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Crews installing speed humps on John F. Kennedy Drive.

Our efforts to create a calmer, safer Golden Gate Park started with ten speed humps installed last week on western John F. Kennedy Drive. We joined Mayor Ed Lee, SF Public Works and the SF Recreation and Parks Department to mark their completion.

These speed humps are a quick, initial safety measure we were able to install as we create a plan for broader improvements to reduce car traffic and slow speeds in the park, as called for in the mayor’s recent Executive Directive on Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety [pdf].

On December 3, the SFMTA and Recreation and Parks will host an open house to hear input from the community on the best ways to realize that vision.

“Golden Gate Park was built for people to enjoy being in, not to speed through,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin. “We’re pleased to be working with Rec. and Parks to help make the park safer and more enjoyable.”

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Starting this Friday, Ocean Avenue will see traffic detours and Muni re-routes for the 29 Sunset and 49 Van Ness/Mission near the Balboa Park BART/Muni Station.

These changes, expected to last one month, will be needed for the final phase of the Balboa Park Station Area and Plaza Improvements project, which will make the station safer and more accessible and help ensure reliable Muni service.

The construction, focused in the area around Ocean Avenue and Highway 280, will bring improvements to traffic signals and curb ramps, lighting for pedestrians, restored pavement and needed track replacement.

Bus at curb with "Balboa Park" station sign on the sidewalk.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Holiday Service Schedule and Parking Enforcement Alert:

Friday is Veterans Day, and Muni will operate on a regular weekday schedule.

Also on Friday, seven-day street sweeping restrictions and parking meters (including those meters on Port of San Francisco property) will be enforced. Residential permit zones, Monday through Friday street sweeping, and commuter tow-away zones will not be enforced. For complete details, visit the holiday enforcement schedule webpage.

Ocean Avenue 29 and 49 Service Changes Alert:

Beginning this Friday, eastbound Ocean Avenue between Geneva and San Jose avenues will be closed for one month due to the Balboa Park Station Area and Plaza Improvements project. The partial street closure will result in the temporary relocation of three 29 Sunset and 49 Van Ness/Mission stops.

For complete details on stop changes and traffic detours, please visit the project’s service alert page


Ice skaters having fun in Union Square, the holiday tree and the Westin St Francis in the background
Skaters at the Union Square Holiday Ice Rink on December 7, 2014. Photo: William Welch/Flickr

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

A car parked with its front wheel turned to touch the curb.

To prevent runaway vehicles, local law requires drivers to curb their wheels when parking on a grade greater than 3 percent (1.72 degrees). Since most of us don’t carry a level to measure how steep a street is, it’s a good idea to make it a habit every time you parallel park.