Lyft LIne, Uber Pool as you said are private, not a public resource. Buses serves more than 3 people. How many cars would it take to match the number of people on buses ?
The red lanes are meant to be used to increase speed on MUNI buses.
Taxis are private but are regulated by the City of SF which includes how many can be on the road. SF has been trying to regulate Uber and Lyft but they are resisting. As for reducing congestion, Lyft and Uber adds 45k cars to traffic. Some says there aren't 45k in SF. Uber, Lyft knows but aren't sharing records. Maybe it's because they know they are causing congestion and don't care. Granted, maybe not all 45k are doing Lyft Lines, Uber Pool. How many are ? There's no transparency.
This is a non starter until there is transparency, cooperation, regulation by the local authorities.
It would be nice to activate the spaces in the stations. I have an idea that I'm still hatching but isn't ready for public consumption yet.
There are already restrooms in the stations. They were closed to the public after 9/11. As far as nicer softer benches. It isn't an option until we house the people who are housing challenged.
There used to be a Greyhound station where the new Federal Bldg on 7th Street is. The previous Transbay Terminal had nice comfortable seating and restrooms and etc. They also had some unhoused individuals there.
So going back to Nicer, Softer Benches, Seating . . . The cynical view is that it would "encourage" people to lounge there. It's also why there are no public restrooms in the Temporary Transbay Terminal despite it being an Intermodal Transit Hub.
If it was entirely up to me . . . Showers could be installed for commuters ( and others) who need them.
When there is advertising there, whoever buys the ad space pays for it. Public Service announcements could be placed there too. How much would that cost AND How would it be paid for ?
The current timeline for any housing to be built is around 4 years from land purchase to starting construction IF there are no neighborhood objections. What about using the example of the Homeless Navigation Center ? or The Hall on Market near 6th St. Use Land / Space that isn't in construction yet to set up a temporary tiny home community. Both the Nav Center and The Hall is/was a temporary popup for 18-24 months.
Check out the option of 24 hour donut shops. All Star Donuts have the most locations in SF but probably not wifi. Maybe if some of us go in a group and frequent regularly and then ask to have wifi installed. or come up with a way to offer to wifi it.