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Public transportation in San Francisco - which many of us use at least twice daily - is oftentimes unsanitary and sometimes even unsafe. Cell phone theft is acutely on the rise, buses frequently smell afoul, and thousands of riders a day don't pay their fair share. We live in a great city with great amenities - we can do better with our public transportation.

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Tom K.

Finally, a plan is emerging to increase funding for MUNI:

"The resulting recommendations focus on reinvestment in the core of the transit system: procuring a new fleet of Muni vehicles, speeding up the most heavily used transit lines, coming up with a long-term financing source for street paving and covering San Francisco’s share of Caltrain electrification costs. Three funding sources are proposed, which would generate a total of $2.9 billion over 15 years: a General Obligation bond, a local vehicle license fee and an additional half-cent sales tax." (from SPUR)

Here is the full report from the Mayor's Transportation Task Force: www.sfcontroller.org/modules/s...

Dan
Dan
Dec 19, 2013

Right on ... thanks for posting Tom!

Posted by Dan on Dec 19, 2013
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Tom K.

Fantastic way to help in a research project to make MUNI better and earn a free MUNI pass for November (but you need an Android phone):

sftravelstudy.berkeley.edu/

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Tom K.

Sickening.

"Valdez was riding the M line at about 9:50 p.m. through the Ingleside Heights neighborhood when the bus stopped at the intersection of Randolph and Bright streets. As he exited the bus, Valdez was shot in the back of the head.

Police say he and the suspect did not know each other, and it appeared to be a random and unprovoked attack."

blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2...

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Nikhom Thephakaysone Arrested in Connection to Murder of Justin Valdez, San Francisco State Student

>Police announced this afternoon they arrested 30-year-old Nikhom Thephakaysone on suspicion of gunning down 20-year-old Justin Valdez on Muni Monday...

blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2...

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Tom K.

Our next Board and Member Meeting will be this Wednesday 8/14 at the Main Library, 4th Floor Sycip Room (note location change) starting at 5:30pm. Come early for transit rider meet-and-greet! See you there!

Nearby Transit: 5, 6, 9, 14, 21, 71, F, Muni Metro, BART.

For more information, contact info@sftru.org

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Andy

I support this idea because every San Franciscan (or anyone living in SF) deserves this.

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Tom K.

Pretty incredible letter from @andybosselman to Supervisor Avalos about the state of MUNI. Highlights:

"San Franciscans spend so much time waiting for delayed or broken down busses and trains that it has a cumulative economic cost of $50 million annually in lost productivity according to the city's own economist as cited in a a June Op-Ed by Bob Linscheid, president and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.

As a citizen, it makes me angry that I've had to dig in and learn about this issue. Like most San Franciscans, I believe transit is such a basic city function it should just work.

The truth is, even if San Francisco's transit problems are systemic, you are the system."

Read the entire thing here: www.evernote.com/shard/s95/sh/...

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Dear Supervisor Avalos

I recently used Twitter to criticize the hunger strike you tookin support of state prison reform. I learned about your fast right before heading to work and moments later I ended up facing an inexcusa...

www.evernote.com/shard/s95/sh/...

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Henry

Come join SFTRU and let's think on how we can make Muni better! Our monthly meeting is being held at the Chinatown Branch library this month because we will be having a presentation from Art Agnos of the San Francisco Waterfront Alliance, who will discuss implications on transit as a result of development along the waterfront. Hope to see you there!

Tom K.
Tom K.
Aug 2, 2013

I missed the last one! Excited to make it to this one. Let me know if there's anything I can bring.

Posted by Tom K. on Aug 2, 2013
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Tom K.

Here's a great article from Streetsblog that discusses the funding issues with MUNI-- especially as the city adds more housing and jobs.

"We’re going to have a continuing series of political decisions to make about whether we’re going to actually support our public transportation system with money,” said Wiener, “or whether that money is going to continue to be used for other needs.”

sf.streetsblog.org/2013/07/23/...

Dan
Dan
Jul 28, 2013

So glad Aaron is out here covering the city ... great article. Scott Weiner seems to be taking a leadership position, and I'm psyched that Plan Bay Area passed last week - www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article...

Posted by Dan on Jul 28, 2013
Tom K.
Tom K.
Jul 29, 2013

We need to address how SF is going to continue adding new residents without significant increases in beefing up MUNI.

Posted by Tom K. on Jul 29, 2013
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Tom K.

"Did you know that Muni is planning to overhaul their entire service through the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP) in the next few years? The San Francisco Transit Riders Union is having a forum on the TEP and it’s open to ALL! We’ll have a speaker from SFMTA to present on what the TEP will do, such as ways to speed up transit. The TEP has the possibility of drastically improving Muni service. Don’t you want to be a part of that?"

www.facebook.com/events/532679...

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Tom K.

This is unreal.

"Not 10 minutes before, at around 10:45, a man boarded the bus. Unlike most customers, however, he took umbrage at the notion of paying his fare. He showered the driver, Theresa, with epithets, repeatedly calling her a n*****. Afraid that she was going to receive a blow from his cane, she pulled back in her chair. Instead, however, he reared back and spat upon her. "

blogs.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2...

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