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Updated: Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 6:39 pm

Last week we shared some good funding news about the new Muni light rail vehicles that will start going into service next year. The first of four initial trains now in production is due to arrive by the end of the year. They’ll be tested before starting service in 2017, and the rest of the fleet will roll out in phases by 2028. Some SFMTA staff joined Mayor Ed Lee, Assemblyman David Chiu, President of the Board of Supervisors, London Breed, our Board Chairman Tom Nolan and SFMTA Director of Transportation, Ed Reiskin yesterday for a tour through the Siemens plant in Sacramento where the new trains are being designed and built.

We've ordered 151 replacement trains that we'll start swapping out for the current Breda trains after we have the 64 expansion trains already operating. With this year’s most recent California Cap-And-Trade’s $45 million grant, 42 of the 64 planned expansion trains are now funded. The 151 replacement trains are already funded as well.

Four men and one woman in suits stand in front of a light rail vehicle on stands, waiting to have the wheel trucks installed.
The tour included the first train that will arrive in SF later this year. Left to right: Siemens President Michael Cahill, Lee, Chiu, Breed and Nolan. Photo taken Aug. 29, 2016.

Updated: Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 4:20 pm

A view of busy Mission and 19th streets, with a painted safety zone on the sidewalk corner.
A painted safety zone at Mission and 18th streets.

When it comes to making pedestrians safer, painted safety zones work.

Painted safety zones are the khaki-colored painted areas, flanked by flexible white posts, which wrap around a growing number of sidewalk corners in San Francisco on streets like Polk and 2nd.

Painted safety zones are a relatively cheap and quick measure to make pedestrians safer. While that may seem intuitive, we put the theory to the test by collecting safety data at eight locations (listed below) before and after they were installed.

Here are our three key findings on the effects of painted safety zones:

Updated: Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 12:59 pm

A commercial is being filmed at the bus stop at Mission Bay Boulevard & 4th Street on Friday, September 2 from 10 am - 2 pm. The bus stop will be moved 60 feet east.

Updated: Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 12:42 pm

The eastbound Geary frontage road between Steiner and Filmore will be closed Friday to Saturday for a crane lift at the Filmore Theater. The inbound 38 Geary will reroute around Steiner & Filmore.

Updated: Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10:27 am

A 5 and 5R route bus stop is being moved for construction.

Updated: Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10:22 am

The bus stop at Sutter and Taylor will be temporarily closed to accommodate construction from August 30 - September 9, 2016 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Updated: Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10:17 am

Due to construction, 1 California stops at Sacramento and Filmore will be temporarily moved 100 feet away from the intersection in each direction from August 30 - September 16, 2016 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm each day.

Updated: Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10:10 am

The outbound 7, 38 and 38R bus stop on the island at Fremont and Market will be temporarily closed from August 29 - September 1, 2016 from 10 am - 2 pm each day. This is because the left lane is closed off for construction. The stop will be on the right.

Updated: Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10:04 am

28 and 91: The bus stop at 19th Avenue & Wawona Street will be temporarily moved between August 29 - September 16, 2016 from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm and 11:00 pm to 5:00 am.