Saturday, November 08, 2014

Another Bicycle Coalition employee boards MTA gravy train

Kate McCarthy

A message from the MTA:


You’re receiving this email because you have expressed interest about the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit Project.

I wanted to say hello, introduce myself, and give you some project updates. My name is Kate McCarthy, and I am the Public Information Officer for the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit Project. I’ll be letting you know about upcoming opportunities to get involved with the project and sending you regular updates. I am looking forward to meeting you!

We are excited to bring San Francisco its first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line along Van Ness Avenue from Mission Street to Lombard Street. Bus Rapid Transit will bring more efficient and reliable transit service to the 47-Van Ness and 49-Mission/Van Ness Muni routes, as well as Golden Gate Transit buses, by separating transit from other vehicles.

The enhancement of the Van Ness corridor will also improve pedestrian safety, and enhance the urban design of Van Ness Avenue...

None of that is true. The Van Ness BRT project instead will screw up traffic on that major north/south city street---and the streets in the surrounding neighborhoods---with most of the money coming from the state and the federal government.

I suppose anyone would be "excited" after being welcomed aboard City Hall's gravy train with a sinecure. McCarthy was previously awarded the anti-car movement's Susie Stephens Joyful Enthusiasm Award. Heigh ho!

McCarthy used to work for the SF Bicycle Coalition and is on the board of directors of the California Bicycle Coalition and Walk San Francisco, another anti-car group.

Muni boss and bike guy Ed Reiskin thinks working for the anti-car SF Bicycle Coalition qualifies people to work on the city's transportation system. Given her resume, McCarthy may be over-qualified to work at screwing up city traffic.

Other recent MTA hires from the Bicycle Coalition: here and here.

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At 3:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just curious, does the MTA hire nobody who specializes in trying to assist in keeping vehicular traffic moving? Between service vehicles, city maintenance vehicles, trucks, fire/police/emergency services, infrastructure repair vehicles, bus and private automobiles, you would think this would be the MTA's primary priority. Isn't vehicular traffic still how the majority of the city takes trips of more than one mile?

At 9:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you don't own a car, why do you care?

If these bicycle activists are so "anti-car", why do so many of them own and drive cars?

Are you a retard?

At 10:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't vehicular traffic still how the majority of the city takes trips of more than one mile?

Nice try! The problem with your fallacious argument is that 95 percent of trips in San Francisco are less than one mile. Even if ALL trips over one mile were taken by private vehicle, that would still only be 5% of overall trips. We can't design our city for 5% you know - just ask Rob Anderson.

At 1:13 PM, Anonymous James said...

Yeah let's just rely on losers like you who support an awful plan like Prop L to fix the congestion problems. No one will say Van Ness works for anyone. And your bullshit notion of screwing up traffic is baseless and anecdotal. There are studies that show traffic is getting better in SF.

At 2:29 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Please link those "studies" for us.

Van Ness actually works pretty well for everybody as it is. It's surface pavement is in terrible shape, and there's some visible blight in the buildings along the street, but presumably property owners are waiting for the big "improvement" of the BRT project before they make major investments in their property.


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