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Hey, SFMTA, please double residential parking fees and introduce traffic congestion fees.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is a bureaucratic whale, containing, in separate stomachs, the Department of Parking and Traffic (DPT) and the San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) public transit system. Recently, the SFMTA crunched some numbers and said, … Continue reading

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How to fix Muni (for real)

On my ‘to write’ list is a manifesto of how to fix Muni. Lay out what’s wrong. Lay out what we need to do to fix it. Dave Snyder of SPUR beat me to the punch. I met Dave last … Continue reading

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Mayor spends thousands of dollars to learn transit user fees are necessary.

Dear Mayor Newsom You didn’t have to spend City taxpayer money on private consultants. Anyone could have told you: Just like any other shared and limited public resource, public transit needs user fees. Offering ‘free’ Muni is a destructive proposal. … Continue reading

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Driving forward

During my shift today The City was slow as usual for this time of year. With just under one hour remaining on my shift, a lady hailed me in the Marina asking to head toward Tiburon to see her mother … Continue reading

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And now for some hippie speak on why cars are bad.

First, a surprising statistic about per capita car ownership. The USA doesn’t even rank in the top five! First, a non-surprising statistic about per capita vehicle ownership. The USA ranks at the top! (Source) (Old Source – This data set … Continue reading

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What would a San Francisco subway system look like? Maybe a little something like this…

I’m a big fan of Eric’s Transbay Blog. This Eric fellow never fails to impress. A recent post posed this question: if we had all the money in the world to spend on transit (and sometimes it seems like we … Continue reading

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Transit fun fact: Fillmore Street developed as a commercial zone because of the 1906 quake.

(Photo Credit) Here’s another cool factoid from the amazing (out-of-print) book on the history of the San Francisco Municipal Railway. We know Upper Fillmore Street today as a bustling commercial district with high-end shops and restaurants married closely with its … Continue reading

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