Director of Transportation Report: January 7, 2020
Friday, January 10, 2020
In this week’s Director’s Report from the SFMTA Board of Directors meeting, Jeffrey Tumlin gave updates on the following topics:
- It was a challenging year, with an increase in fatalities as compared to the two previous years.
- 29 fatalities were accounted for on city streets in 2019, with pedestrians and seniors disproportionately represented.
- In 2020, the SFMTA will continue our commitment to quick-build projects, including the upcoming Market Street vehicle prohibitions in January.
- The City Attorney’s office has issued a cease and desist letter to the scooter company, Go X, which is illegally operating outside of MTA’s powered scooter-share permit program. The cease and desist letter demands that Go X cease operations by Jan.18.
- The SFMTA takes its permit programs seriously because they help ensure public safety, consumer protection and better equity outcomes, and appreciates the City Attorney’s approach with this important matter.
Parking Meter Response
- There was a recent media report about parking meters being out of service in North Beach due to coin blockage. There is merit to the report that is due to two separate ongoing concerns that we are working to resolve.
- We have significant staffing vacancies in the Parking Meter Repair Shop to keep our current inventory in good working order. The good news is that we are in the process of filling staff positions from an eligibility list approved last week.
Muni Art Project
- We’re pleased to be supporting local artists through the Muni Art program for a fifth consecutive year in conjunction with San Francisco Beautiful and the Poetry Society of America.
- Images from local artists who participated in a Muni Art contest earlier in the fall will be displayed in 100 buses around the city beginning next week through April; for the enjoyment of 750,000 Muni riders.
- This year we have five winners who were selected through online voting in August out of a field of 47 entries.