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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Riders exiting L Taraval train

We’re moving the L Taraval Rapid Project forward with improvements to make the street safer and improve Muni service starting in January.

After engaging with the community to shape proposed changes approved in September, early enhancements are coming to make Taraval safer for everyone who depends on it — including the Muni riders who make 30,000 trips on the L Taraval each day.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Young voices raised in song greeted seniors from all over the city this morning as they gathered for the 35th annual Cable Car Senior Holiday Luncheon. This festive tradition is hosted by the operators of the Cable Car Division and the Transport Workers, Local 250-A. SFMTA staff help with coordination and, of course, serving the guests.

The seated banquet for nearly 200 also included a drawing for multiple donated prizes.

Santa Claus stands next to two women attending the Cable Car Seniors Luncheon.
A visit from Santa makes the occasion even merrier.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

On the southeast corner of Geneva and San Jose avenues, an intersection of broad streets crisscrossed by a web of light rail tracks, sits a once-grand Victorian building marked by a distinctive round corner turret.

The Geneva Car House has been a part of local transit, labor, and architectural history for over 115 years. The building, which sits across from the Balboa Park Muni/BART Station, provides a clue to the intersection’s significance in transit history.

A two-story Victorian building with a round corner-turret presides over the intersection at Geneva and San Jose avenues, with two streetcar operators in dark uniforms standing outside on the street corner. The building is a Romanesque-style red brick complex known as the Geneva Car House, built in 1901 to serve as an office and car house for one of the first electric streetcar lines in a city that at the time was dominated by cable cars. A transit hub long before the existence of BART, the Balboa Park neighborhood already had a stop for the Southern Pacific train line. In fact, the present-day BART station is in almost the exact same spot as the long-gone train stop and the Southern Pacific line followed the route of today’s I-280 freeway.

The Geneva Car House in 1928, as seen from the northwest corner of Geneva and San Jose Avenues.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

A couple in Victorian-era clothing dancing together.
The Great Dickens Christmas Fair on November 22, 2014. Photo: --Mark--/Flickr

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Gray and red articulated Muni bus traveling east on O'Farrell with the red transit lanes for cable cars in the background and foreground. Pedestrians cross in front of the bus.
A 38 bus traveling east on O'Farrell across Powell Street

As Geary Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) hits a major milestone this week, we’re providing new opportunities to get answers to today’s biggest questions about the project.

On Friday, the Geary BRT Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be made available online at the Geary BRT EIR page and at public libraries near the 38 Geary route. The document will include the recommended design option, years of analytical work detailing how the project is expected to affect communities as well as responses to public comments.

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) Board, which is comprised of the SF Board of Supervisors, is set to vote on approval of the Final EIR and the Geary BRT project on January 5. Early improvements will start in 2017.

Learn more about the next steps in our blog post from last month. To stay in the loop on hearing dates and how to give decision-makers your feedback, visit the Geary BRT website. You can also get Geary BRT updates via text message by texting YES to 628-600-1675.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Muni Ridership Survey Shows Transit is Headed in Right Direction

Finding out what riders think about Muni benefits our agency and the city in many ways. For one, it makes sure we’re on the same page as riders about what really good public transportation looks like. This year, it seems we’ve gained ground on delivering the kind of Muni transit service desired by many San Franciscans.

That’s according to the results of our 2016 Muni Ridership Survey. Presented at the SFMTA Board of Directors meeting this Tuesday, it shows unprecedented levels of customer approval, with 70 percent of riders rating Muni’s overall service as “good” or “excellent.”

People board a Muni bus on Mission Street.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Folsom Street with car traffic and bicycle riders in a bike lane.

How can we make Folsom and Howard streets in SoMa better and safer? Share your ideas at one of our two open house events next week.

We’re kicking off the Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project to look at ways to make these streets safer and provide better options to get around in the growing South of Market neighborhood.

Next week, we’ll collect input on how to do that at two open house events on Thursday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 10. We’re hosting two similar open houses to help ensure people with a variety of schedules can come, but both events will feature the same materials, information and opportunity to provide feedback.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Shopping bags placed in an open car trunk.

This week, our partners at the San Francisco Police Department announced their Safe Shopper campaign. We were proud to join them in sharing these important safety messages for the holiday season.

“All of us at the SFMTA want your trips about town to be easy and safe this holiday season,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin. “No matter how you get around, please remember to take your time and be aware of your surroundings.”

Thursday, December 1, 2016

People on the Winter Walk plaza at night.

Puppies and kittens, food and coffee, playing and relaxing - in the middle of a street near Union Square? It must be Winter Walk.

Winter Walk SF has returned for a third holiday season, which means a temporary two-block promenade is now in place on Stockton Street, between Geary and Ellis streets. Now until January 1 is your chance to enjoy the scene of a downtown street filled with people strolling, enjoying food trucks, coffee carts and beer gardens, all enlivened with a dazzling host of events.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Davies Symphony Hall at night.
Davies Symphony Hall on November 30, 2013. Photo credit: GPS/Flickr.

Caltrain’s Holiday Train
Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m.
Fourth and King Station

The 15th annual Holiday Train will be chugging along this weekend on its mission to spread holiday magic and revelry. Over 70,000 decorative lights will illuminate the train as it makes stops at nine stations including the San Francisco station at Fourth and King streets. The train will depart this station at 4 p.m. both days. During each stop, which will last about 20 minutes, Santa, Mrs. Claus and company will take to the platform to greet the assembled crowd. Help spread holiday joy by bringing an unwrapped toy for donation to the Salvation Army and the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve Toys for Tots programs.