Thursday, January 02, 2014

Fix Muni

The folks at Meter Madness send this message:

Proposition E, passed by the voters in November 1999, amended the City Charter, calling for the creation of the SFMTA through consolidation of the Municipal Railway and the Department of Parking and Traffic on July 1, 2002, to support the City’s Transit First Policy, section 8A.115. This landmark measure gave birth to the new San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) that would manage the entire surface transportation network. In 2007 the voters added taxi regulation through passage of Proposition A, which was launched officially in March 2009. Through the will of the people it serves, the SFMTA emerged as a municipal transportation enterprise fully poised to elevate the city’s quality of life through sustainable streets.

MUNI has not lived up to its promise of supporting all the neighborhoods with affordable, reliable, safe transit options. Instead of fixing MUNI problems, SFPark has embarked on a rapid expansion of parking meter installation in hopes of forcing people out of the cars and onto MUNI. Instead of expanding MUNI services, they are cutting them while raising fares and fees and requesting another $3 billion dollars.

Citizens felt the plans for our neighborhoods are flawed and filed appeals to stop them. We went to the Supervisors for support. They agreed unanimously and amended the new contract to stop the installation of new parking meters.

Many residents feel it is time to fight back and take back the streets. The most effective way to do that is to amend the city charter that created the monster in the first place.

Join us now before they get to your street. 

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At 3:01 PM, Anonymous Seymour Butz said...

I signed!

At 3:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob, how do you get around town without a car and bike?

At 6:07 PM, Blogger Bob Gunderson said...

I'm all for fixing Muni, but let's continue not removing a single parking spots for cars, or devoting any street lanes exclusively for transit like for Geary and Van Ness BRT. We should discontinue any plans to make people pay for on-street parking to pay for upgrades to our infrastructure either! We should never make underground transit because it's rife with waste and abuse. I'm all for fixing muni, but not at the expense of the personal vehicle.

At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Sebra Leaves said...

It is just not realistic to expect MUNI to be fixed, or people to use a broken MUNI. SHUT MUNI DOWN. This will free up the road space for people's chosen form of transport. All the bus stops can be converted to parking, and the roads will not be clogged by useless MUNI buses.

At 10:45 PM, Anonymous Vince said...

In related news, the resistance in Austin, TX, at least, is given a voice in the Austin American-Statesman. In his column "Getting There" on Dec. 16, 2013, Ben Wear writes "This change [in an intersection] is just the latest piece in an on-going city effort to make Austin's road network bike-friendly. The underlying philosophy is that, while only about 2 percent of Austin commuting trips happen on bikes, that will increase significantly if the city makes biking safe enough. How much will it increase? No one knows...But even if it were to climb a few percent over time, that means that 85 to 90 percent of us (including those on transit buses)still will need an effective road network to get to and from work. And to [long list of places and activities]. Those bicycle accommodations, in other words, need to take into account everone's needs. And I can tell you from those emails I got this week, and what I saw on the scene, this change at Lake Austin Boulevard doesn't meet that test."

Score one for Texas and common sense! For the full article you have to subscribe here:


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