75 posts categorized "Transportation"

05/15/2014

Transportation Funding: Mayor Introduces Transportation Improvement Bond

Transportation-funding-15may14Mayor Edwin M. Lee and all 11 members of the Board of Supervisors today introduced a proposed $500 million general obligation bond for the November 2014 ballot for infrastructure projects that would significantly improve San Francisco's transportation network without raising property tax rates. The bond would increase Muni reliability and travel speed, upgrade transit stops and stations, improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, and prepare for growth on the City's busiest travel corridors.

"San Francisco deserves a safe, reliable and affordable transportation system, and today we are making an historic investment in our City's vital transportation infrastructure as we plan for a growing and successful City," said Mayor Lee. "This investment will make it easier for San Franciscans to get around the City as they go to work, school, home and everywhere in between. If passed this November, the $500 million general obligation bond will improve MUNI, improve pedestrian safety and improve our bike network – all without raising property tax rates." Read more.

02/27/2014

Muni Funding: Mayor Announces Google Gift to Fund Muni for Youth

Muni Funding: Mayor Announces Google Gift to Fund Muni for YouthMayor Edwin M. Lee, Board President David Chiu, Supervisor David Campos, Supervisor Scott Wiener and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) today announced an unprecedented $6.8 million gift from Google to fund an additional two years of Free Muni for Low Income Youth. The popular pilot program is currently funded by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission through June 2014 and provides monthly free muni passes to more than 31,000 low-income San Francisco youth ages 5 to 17. The $6.8 million gift is one of the largest private contributions towards direct City services in San Francisco history.

"Continuing to provide free Muni for thousands of young people from lower-income households will help make our City more affordable for working families," said Mayor Lee. "With this unprecedented gift from Google, we can keep this successful pilot program running for at least two more years at no cost to taxpayers or Muni riders and free up critical funds for other vital Muni maintenance and services. Google is demonstrating with real action and real resources that they are a true partner in addressing our City's affordability crisis for lower and middle-income families. I want to thank Google for this enormous gift to the SFMTA, and I look forward to continuing to work with this great San Francisco employer towards improving our City for everyone." Read more.

01/08/2014

Transport Pilot: Mayor Announces Agreement with Commuter Shuttle Providers

08jan2014_private_shuttle_agreementMayor Ed Lee and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), joined today by Genentech, Google, Apple, Facebook, Bauer's Intelligent Transportation, and the Bay Area Council, announced an agreement to launch a commuter shuttle bus pilot program that will minimize impacts to Muni, while maximizing the traffic and environmental benefits of employer-provided shuttles. These shuttles provide more than 35,000 boardings per day in San Francisco, eliminating at least 45 million vehicle miles traveled and 761,000 metric tons of carbon every year from the region’s roads and air.

“San Francisco needs a reliable, safe and affordable world-class transportation system,” said Mayor Lee. “This agreement will help the City realize the benefits that come with commuter shuttles, such as keeping thousands of cars off our roads and preventing gridlock, while ensuring companies pay their fair share and don’t delay our public transportation system.” Read more.

11/26/2013

Transport Plan: SF2020 Task Force Unveils new Transportation Strategy

SF2020 Task Force Unveils new Transportation StrategyMayor Edwin M. Lee’s SF2030 Transportation Task Force today released a draft Report that calls for a $10.1 billion investment in transportation infrastructure over the next 15 years, with recommendations to generate $3 billion in new revenue for the long-underfunded system by 2030. Aging, outdated infrastructure and insufficient vehicles are a major cause of service delays and performance challenges for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). Read more.

11/07/2013

Public Safety: Mayor Announces New Initiatives to Improve Safety on Muni

Mayor Announces New Initiatives to Improve Safety on Muni Today Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) announced the launch of a new “Eyes Up, Phones Down” anticrime and public awareness campaign to remind transit riders to be aware of their surroundings at Muni stations, stops and on vehicles. Crimes on Muni are often crimes of opportunity and customers can help deter theft by staying alert and aware of their surroundings.

In addition to the anticrime public awareness campaign, the SFMTA and the SFPD have partnered to deploy more officers on Muni to increase overall security. This increased police presence has already had a positive impact in the first month of deployment. In September 2013, there were 51 reported robberies on the system, which dropped to nine robberies reported in October 2013. In addition, incidents of larceny decreased from 80 reported on the system in September 2013 to 26 reported incidents in October 2013. Read More.