Tuesday, October 01, 2013

MTC votes to screw up Masonic Avenue


A message from Save Masonic:

Dear Save Masonic supporter:

Thank you again for your support. Despite receiving far more e-mails opposing the project than supporting it, and despite around 1,000 online signatures (plus over 150 hardcopy signatures) opposing the project, funding for the Masonic raised cycle track project was approved by the full Metropolitan Transportation Commission on September 25, 2013. (SFMTA sought around $10 million in federal One Bay Area Grant funds; this was approved by the MTC. The total project budget is around $18 million; the remaining $8 million is coming from other sources.)

The design phase is expected to take a year, and after that, construction is expected to take 18 months. But as with many large projects, schedules have a way of slipping and costs have a way of escalating. Opposition is continuing to grow.

Recently the Coalition of San Francisco Neighborhoods (an umbrella organization of around 40 neighborhood groups) passed a resolution opposing the Masonic cycle track! See
www.savemasonic.com for details.

We will continue to oppose this project and propose reasonable alternatives. We will update you. In the meantime, please spread the word, continue to write to elected officials, post this information on Facebook, Twitter, etc., and submit letters to the editor and op-eds to the media.

Best wishes

The Save Masonic campaign

Rob's comment:

Save Masonic now has more than 1,000 signatures on its petition---which you can sign here---against screwing up traffic on Masonic Avenue on behalf of the Bicycle Coalition.

The phantom petition in favor of the project has still not appeared for public scrutiny. Even though the SFCTA based its support for the project on that petition, it now says it doesn't even have a copy! The Bicycle Coalition circulated the phantom petition under their front group, Fix Masonic.
 

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9 Comments:

At 8:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't understand how things work, do you?

 
At 1:39 PM, Blogger Rkeezy said...

Anonymous, don't be a chicken shit.

 
At 11:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's that Skeezy? The MTC just funds what the local jurisdiction passes, they don't have a say on whether or not they think the project is worthy of the money. Think of that as you may, but it is how the system works.

 
At 1:30 PM, Anonymous Jesse said...

You seriously used a "moveon" website to save parking and a residential freeway? I can't believe they allowed that.

 
At 2:40 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Yes, why would they allow a petition on an issue they didn't approve of? What could they be thinking? Maybe of the First Amendment?

 
At 2:53 PM, Anonymous Jesse said...

Riiight, moveon.org is all about first amendment rights. Did you even look at the site?

 
At 5:21 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Maybe they figured screwing up traffic on a busy street in San Francisco wasn't a left/right issue, that it's just a matter of being stupid. If so they'd be right, though in SF the left is the stupid party.

 
At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Jesse said...

3rd crash outside of Masonic for the 3rd week in a row. Ambulances on it's way. I'll keep taking your word on it that this is a perfectly safe corridor.

 
At 3:01 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

There's no such thing as a "perfectly safe" traffic corridor.

 

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