Thursday, March 27, 2014

SFMTA: One Last TEP Meeting With Citizens to Render it Useless

The Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP) is a comprehensive overhaul of San Francisco's transit network.  It has been developed over several years of data collection, intensive planning and public outreach efforts.  It's also been sitting on the shelves collecting dust for the past 6 years, working through the guts of city bureaucracy. Finally, the SFMTA is ready to have it completely ruined by a selfish public that is vehemently opposed to participating in an activity commonly known as "walking".

Suggested improvements will benefit all transit users, but it will undoubtedly piss off one or two people and likely get scrapped.
Image via SFMTA.
The TEP aims to accomplish the following:

• Improve Reliability – Make service more predictable to build customer confidence before implementing proposed route changes

• Reduce Travel Times – Develop small- and large-scale strategies to reduce delay, enhance pedestrian safety, and get more service from existing resources

• Update Muni Routes – Redesign routes and adjust service to benefit the maximum number of Muni customers
SFMTA explaining to a group of angry car storage loving people, looking at "sheets of colored paper on sticks".
Image via Streetsblog
Feedback from the city residents aims to:

• Don't Make us Walk and Don't Remove a Bus Line - Make the lines more reliable and faster, but keep stops on every block, or even 2 on every block.  Walking three blocks to a bus that goes faster than 8 miles an hour?  Are you insane?

• Streamline and Enhance the Lines, but only inconvenience other people -  61 percent of Muni riders in a 2010 survey said they would consider walking a longer distance to their stop if they knew it would reduce their overall travel time, and only inconvenience someone else.

• Complain About the Change to Anything - Do it or don't, but don't expect any less anger of confusion from us.  And you better not get rid of one parking spot to enhance a bus route or there will be hell to pay.

SFMTA spokesman said, "We were very meticulous and careful in this planning, and now we're ready to have micro-democracy and politics completely dismantle all the good work we've done so far.  Think of us as the San Francisco Mini Democracy Agency.  Your opinion matters no matter how ruinous it is to our bus system."  Similar proposals like the Gearty BRT, Van Ness BRT, Polk Street, Market Street have gone through similar channels and will be completed in 2000sometimemaybenever.  Once the final TEP meeting is finished, they'll go door to door to make sure that every citizen in San Francisco has had their say.  Meeting will be held on Friday, March 28th at 8 am.

With the help of community input, we can make sure the TEP keeps the lines like the 21 Hayes Bus Line, with 1-2 stops every block and take twice as long as simply walking!
image found here.  

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