SFMTA

 Years ago, private jitneys roamed up and down Mission Street collecting passengers, as an alternative to MUNI. Within the last few months, three new companies, Chariot, Leap and Loup, began offering shuttle services in San Francisco, though at least one recently suspended operations.  Are these new services siphoning riders, and therefore money, from MUNI?  Are they elitist, as many claim?  And how will they impact the bigger transportation picture in San Francisco?  Host Joseph Pace looks at the politics and impacts of these upscale jitneys.

Guests:

Daily news roundup for Thursday, May 7, 2015

May 7, 2015
Mike Koozmin/SF Examiner

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

Taxi drivers catch a break from SFMTA // SF Examiner

"Fearing unfair competition from Uber and Lyft, The City just cut taxi drivers a break. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board of directors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve waiving taxi medallion renewal fees for this year, which are $1,000 annually.

Under CC license from Flickr user Phil Dokas

 

A new report from the Dutch mapping company TomTom ranks San Francisco the second most congested city in the country; only Los Angeles is worse. And in times of gridlock, people often choose to take public transit, bike, or even walk in order to avoid driving. It’s the job of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to make those alternatives as appealing as possible.

Tom Nolan is chairman of the SFMTA. Nolan has served on transportation boards throughout the Bay Area, including SamTrans and Caltrain. Now, as Muni's chair, he’s presiding over the board at a time of rapid change. Tom Nolan sat down with KALW’s Raja Shah to talk about the current state of public transit in San Francisco and where it might be heading.

How safe is it to walk or cycle in San Francisco?  Last year, the city adopted Vision Zero, a policy designed to eliminate all traffic deaths and severe injuries by 2024.  Host Joseph Pace speaks with members of the coalition behind Vision Zero about what progress has been made toward that ambitious goal in the year since its adoption.   

Guests:

* Noah Budnick, Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition

* Nicole Ferrara, Executive Director of Walk San Francisco

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