SFMTA wants your opinion on tech shuttle stops

Castro-area Muni/private shuttle stop map
Castro-area Muni/private shuttle stop map

The SFTMA has put together an interactive map of Muni locations that allows the general public to decide which Muni stops should be included in the just approved 18-month pilot program that shares Muni bus zones with private commuter shuttles. Eligible shuttle service providers would pay a small fee (just enough to cover the cost of running the program) for permits to use these selected bus stops.

With the data the general public submits using the interactive map, the SFMTA is hoping to answer questions like:

  • If there are multiple shuttle stops in your neighborhood, would you prefer them to be concentrated at a central location or distributed?
  • Which Muni stops should be included in the pilot network?
  • Are there any locations that you notice shuttles stopping that aren’t Muni bus zones?
  • Are there locations where there are operational issues like traffic that you see or experience around the shuttles?
  • Are there locations that you feel are inappropriate for shuttle stops, why – and where should these shuttles stop instead?

Right now, for the Castro proper, the two main private Muni/private shuttle stops on the map that are being discussed are the outbound stop on Castro near Market outside of West Coast Leather and the outbound stop on Castro at 18th outside Harvey’s. Someone has suggested getting rid of the first stop and consolidating it at the stop outside Harvey’s since it includes “a lot of space in front which allows our bus driver to pull forward if there is a Muni bus behind him.”

Whichever side of the “Google Bus” argument you are on, you should check out the map and provide your feedback. Using the map you can suggest new spots or comment on already proposed suggestions. This opportunity and two open houses (this Monday and February 22nd) will be the only times the SFMTA will be taking public input on the shuttle stop locations to decide on how to move forward.

via TechCrunch / James Mowdy

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11 Responses

  1. Brian Basinger says:

    Notice that the argument is already framed for us. It’s not a democratic process about whether or not we want to continue the corporate privatization of public space. It’s not a question about why do we get a ticket for parking in a bus zone but the rich corporations do not. It’s not a question about the lawsuits that will come when other transit providers sue for their ability to use these spaces intended for MUNI, etc. Nope, they framed the question as which of these public assets do you want to privatize first.

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    • Mitch Mansfield says:

      Sorry about your ticket for parking in a bus zone.

      You are talking about streets, not public spaces. All streets are already public. By making a space where buses stop to be instead a space where ALL buses stop, maybe we are on to something. I just can’t go down your “corporate privatization” road.

      “Corporate sharing” maybe.

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  2. pwsanta says:

    I’d be fine if they took out some parking spaces and just added NEW shuttle stops/spaces. What’s grossly ‘privatized’ is all the parking for peoples’ personal vehicles — not shuttle/taxi/car share zones. Any mass people-mover has my vote over another fat SUV which unloads one person and sits on the public street — especially overnight. Talk about offensive subsidies and unwarranted giveaways… Sheesh. The G-bus is not the problem. It’s the neighbors who show up at every planning meeting and bitch about MTA removing even one private car parking spot to put in a bike lane, a bulb out, or car share slot… Those people and that attitude is the true problem of our streetscape.

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  3. sjg says:

    I don’t have a problem with the buses. I do think there should be very specific parameters on their use of Muni stops and street routes They alsoneed to be held accountable if they violate these rules.

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    • sjg says:

      My big question about this program is what are the consequences if there are problems again with blocked stops or delays to Muni buses. Are there fines?

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  4. Chachito415 says:

    The low, low price they’re paying for each stop seems like such a missed opportunity for Muni. Those companies are headquartered in the peninsula to avoid taxes in the city (and dodge taxes that could make public transit more comprehensive), they can afford more.

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  5. chuck says:

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  6. Castro Resident says:

    The buses are essentially privately supported public transit. Would we reather that these folks were all driving? Would it be better if the jobs were in SF and the buses were not necessary, yes, but that is not happening any time soon. Apple, Google, etc, will expand their footprint in SF, but it will take time. Their historic homes are in Mountainview, Cupertino.

    Importantly, those workers earn strong wages, have greater than average discretionary income and spend many of those dollars in SF which in turn improves the quality of life for all San Franciscans.

    Further, the bus stops in our neighborhood increase the value of the real estate (for homeowners out there), since these tech workers want to be near the stops.

    This is not the entire story, clearly, but it is not as black and white as some writers above seen to believe. For a very small city ~850,000 people, we have an extraordinary quality of life, culture and benefits. We do have an extraordinary capacity to talk about what is wrong, and fail to focus on what is right.

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  7. KevinSF says:

    How about having them on 19th St and Castro AWAY from the busy Muni stops.

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