Monday, February 06, 2017

Suit against the city to stop Geary BRT project

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority meets on Jan. 5 to vote on the Geary Bus Rapid Transit project. (Aleah Fajardo/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Examiner photo

A press release:

San Franciscans for Sensible Transit, Inc., a civic non-profit known as Sensible Transit, announced today that it has sued the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (TA), the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (MUNI), the Board of Supervisors and the City to stop all action to further the Geary Boulevard Bus Rapid Transit (GBRT) project approved January 5. 

Sensible Transit denounced the rush to judgment by the lame-duck board and TA staff. It alleged that the public process lacked meaningful debate and board members violated the obligation to exercise independent judgment by failing to review and consider the issues raised in the final environmental impact report and accompanying documents. 

By specially setting the hearing January 5, the TA and board prevented the new Supervisors (sworn in only three days later) from questioning the assumptions of the TA staff, who admitted the probable outcome of the project would not improve transit times over what exist today. No thought or analysis was given to the incremental approach sought by Sensible Transit and others offering public comments at the hearing even though that alternative could save $300 million at a time when money is restricted.

Last November San Francisco voters turned down the sales tax to be used for transportation projects and elected Supervisor Fewer in the Richmond who questioned whether the TA staff choice for the project made sense. 

Repaving of Geary has been delayed by GBRT planning and the street has become a slalom course of potholes even though voters only a few years ago authorized $500 million in road improvement bonds. Richmond residents and businesses asserted that ripping up the center median and destroying hundreds of trees would damage the quality of life and economic health of the neighborhood.

MUNI already has plans and funding for more buses, better traffic signal systems, and other improvements including better bus stops and basic paving. Sensible Transit wants those measures employed before committing to spend $300 million that may not be needed.

The Court is asked to put on hold all actions required to undertake the project approved by the board.

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The coach who blew the Super Bowl

Kyle Shanahan

A reader sends in this New York Post story (49ers handing franchise over to coach who blew Super Bowl):

It’s not often you get a promotion after the worst moment of your career.

However, that is the position Kyle Shanahan finds himself in after the Falcons’ Super Bowl LI collapse against the Patriots. Atlanta’s offensive coordinator had called a brilliant game for two and a half quarters, and had the Falcons up, 28-3. It would have been a perfect cap on his stint as a coordinator before Shanahan is announced as the 49ers head coach in the coming days...



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