Tuesday, October 29, 2013

5/5L Fulton Bus Line Upgrades - Loss of 16 Parking Spots an Unspeakable Tragedy

Introducing the 5L- Muni's 5 year long plan to remove 16 parking spaces
Photo: Ron Pragides/Twitter
While 19,000 Muni riders are rejoicing over the new "upgrades" to the 5-Fulton, others are livid. The changes included stop removal and adding a limited service,  but it also contained a more sinister component: removing over a dozen parking spots to make more room for double bus loading and "safety improvements".  Muni's radical change to parking has at least 16 people fuming.

16 of 114 parking spaces have been eliminated along the 5 Fulton route!  All in the name of 19,000 riders shaving 10-20 minutes from their trip?  This is MADNESS!!!
Image courtesy google maps.  
The loss of these parking spaces is a tragedy, and got car lovers thinking, "why wasn't I informed about this plan during the last 5 years?!" Other complaints ranged from "There were only 3 meetings" and "why was there only a dozen community outreaches and approval processes?!  They should have done more!"  Vehicle owners are upset that the SFMTA would even think of giving up their parking spot just because it might shave 10-20 minutes off 19,000 transit rider's commute times.

When Brett Johnson noticed his personal on-street vehicle locker was removed for a more efficient and safer bus system, he was rightfully upset, "Now look, I'm all for a better, faster, safer bus route, but don't you dare take away MY parking space, and also leave everything else exactly the same."

Enjoy your new 5-Fulton as we destroy your on-street parking dreams!
image found here.  
Taking a page from Howard Chabner's Save(parkingandspeedingon)Masonic playbook, the group decided to start a "Save5Fulton"site.  The car park loving gang proposes they scrap the existing plan, go back to the drawing board and build upon "common sense solutions" They propose a plan that doesn't change any on-street parking, adds more parking, adds more traffic lanes, speeds up traffic, and adds some more parking again.

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