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would it be worth exploring in the morning hours when the business is less likely to be effective but traffic is robust to force them to the tunnel to make a right turn and other allow a right turn to west portal for people crossing by the library such that there is no crossrail traffic by autos which i assume is the big impediment to the trains moving. there's other ways to get what is essentially northwest, southeast, i guess, with 14th avenue and other streets and it seems to me in the morning times when many of those businesses, movie theatre, several restaurants are not even open a traffic restriction may have minimal impact on the business community but could impact the trains there. >> it's something we can explore. the traffic engineers have looked at this intersection and developed different approaches many times over in mm years in
the last 20 years i've seen reports date back to 1999 to try different things. a traffic change of that sort i don't think we've thought about just testing it. it's something we could look at and we will continue to look at more sustainable ways of making that intersection work better besides having a person standing there. >> okay. and one of the things you've mentioned as the problem is one, it take time for the train to clear that administration and then you salt lake city issues with you also have issues. and we have the loop proposal the train comes into the inbound platform and never leaves and you have a continuous shuttle loop. and i understood from our retreat that this is something you would be open to look at if that is something you're looking at, please in the next report or
report afterwards, let us hear how that research is going. that segues to the embarcadero issue. i knew the significance of the issue on saturday morning at 9:30 about as unbusy as the system gets. my son and i were on the way to the alcatraz tour and we waiting for the trains to clear in front of us 10 minutes. clearly there's a design flaw there. and i now understand it better thanks to your presentation that turning those trains in the pocket take a long time and makes sense and that's a delay. by my math, six of 23 minutes of that trip is spent back with no customers. that's very wasteful. again, the loop proposal where the train is on a shuttle and comes into the inbound platform solves that and i think that's one of the reasons you saw the efficiency during the twin peaks closure. you had the train on the loop
and that's a more efficient system. i hope you're looking at that because that's a way to solve the problems on both ends of the system. two more questions. the mortarizing -- motorizing of the issues is that more of a staffing issue. >> clerk: more staffing. >> and we redeployed the staff so we won't have that issue we had that day? >> yes. >> and the automated communications are nice but automated and heard frequently and don't give customers the comfort that their specific attention is being paid to the issue there. so i think you need to double down on urging your staff when there is an acuity issue to not use an automated communication. to actually have central control or the driver come on and tell the riders, look, here's what's going on, we're aware of it and
here's what we're trying to do to fix it. because otherwise the customers are on the train thinking the issue is normal operations or worse, unknown to staff. so please drive out specific incident specific communications and don't just rely on automated announcements. i think those give the rider the impression no special attention is being paid. okay. that's the extent of my comments. thank you for doing this and making it a top priority. my personal experience in the last two weeks the service has gotten better but we need to sustain that and i appreciate your personal commitment to do so. if there are no further comments the board on this issue, i'll thank julie and ask mr. riskin to finish his report and go to public comment. >> one issue i left off, stockton street and union square has been closed many years to
construct the union square market square station of the central subway. the physical work is complete it's been restored such as the small portion immediately to union square itself. it's far enough along we can re-open the street to traffic of all sorts. this thursday at noon together with the chinatown and union square communities, having an event to celebrate the reopening of stockton street. initially, the 8x will be rerouted or unre-routed back to it's original result down stock strong street until we complete the balance of the work to clear off the rest of the footprint to the union square. the 30 and 45 will still go around but we hope by april the
30 and 45 will be back. a huge milestone in terms of being able to return those routes to their normal straight shot south down to fourth street but more generally for the neighborhoods to have those spaces back in full use will be very welcome. so it's an important milestone and we're glad to be there. >> good. an early sign of the light at the end of the tunnel if you'll pardon the pun. thank you for that, mr. reiskin. i'll call on public comment. ms. boom perp -- boomer. >> clerk: you have one person mr. whiner. >> welcome back.
>> herbert whiner. one problem i've noticed in the subway the muni metro and i'd like to see this addressed is on the weekend at 6:00 there's a lack of service where you have crowded coaches. there's only one coach and many people are squeezing in to that. notably the "m." i think this should also be addressed. it's not only the gaps in service but the accommodation of passengers. this applies to the "j" line also. so i think this is something that could be focussed on as well. also, in rect to the trolly
service, the one california line last week was very terrible because people were waiting for the 1 california. there were two switchbacks. then people finally got their bus but we waited for a very long period and people other than myself are quite angry over this. so this is something that really has to be focussed on because the 1 california is one of your showpiece lines. it's one of the lines you focus on. these are concerns i have and other people have. that's my comment on the report. >> thank you, mr. wineert. seeing no public comments we'll move to item 8. >> the citizens' advisory
council report. >> good afternoon, directors. i'll have a short report. we had no motions at our most recent meeting. we heard a presentation about the results of the employee satisfaction vare and the results senior survey and the results are a little worrying. overall satisfaction among all employees continues to decline. and the gap in the job satisfaction is widest between management and fronline -- frontline employees. the one recommendation was to bring back an employee recognition program. this could possibly be achieved by partnership with a business community and local media. so i'm planning to talk about this at a small business working
group meet being next week and i'd love to get that conversation going with the agency. i think that would pay off a lot. since you're going to be discussing today the third street transit safety project, i wanted to note that the c.a.c. heard a presentation about the project back in october and made a motion in support of it at that time. the improvements to pedestrian safety and mobility and the increased transit efficiency are worthy goals and we're satisfied with the project's design. unless there's any questions from any of you, that's my report. >> you said you made a motion. i assume the committee voted in favor of our adopting this proposal? >> that's correct. >> thank you. directors any questions? i have one small request, mr. ballard, as we focus on service and get the report if you can replay what was presented to us today and what the focus is and if any of the
c.a.c. have recommendations for things we should be doing, please pass them along. >> certainly. >> thank you. good to see you. any public comment on the c.a.c. report? seeing none public comment is closed. item 9, ms. boomer. >> clerk: opportunities to address the board to matters within their jurisdiction of the board and not on the agenda. starting with mr. whiner. >> the podium is yours yet again. >> you guys probably got a memo on the difficulty of get clipper card. i was passed around like a football and trying to get a
card. i finally got the right person and i was informed i would get a new clipper card. i had lost mine in 10 days. i spent over an hour on the phone trying to get the clarification of this and it was really infuriating and of course i was furious on the phone. i was not the most pleasant person in the world to talk with. now, this is a reflection of the internal operations of the agency. because there are other problems also but when have you de fefktifefk fefktive did de fective internal operations and you untern allies internalize the problems and it's expensive on the taxpayers money and the rest of it.
i finally have my fast pass and calm and the rest of it. but the second thing is that really el tereval is in sam -- shambles. there's deleted parking spaces, the trains run slowly. it's been a waste and disaster and that's an example of what mta does. the philosophy is if you can't be part of the solution, be part of the problem and if you can't solve the problem, make it worse. unfortunately this applies to the el terevel. >> clerk: matt staine.
>> at the last meeting you requested there was a lot of discussion about the permits now being held by the credit union and there was a talk about bringing kate turnan to explain the policy. i expected a short presentation. to tell you about the 170 permits taken back by the credit union. and up until february 1, they really out on the streets but now they're hitting the streets. so the credit union is leasing them out to the various cab companies that will take them and everybody wants them because these the airport cabs. of course they're owned by an operation. in october when they talked
about right-sizing and prioritizing it seemed they were trying to prioritize or right-size the credit union because now the credit union will become a beneficiary of the policy that went into effect february 1 where 800 cabs cannot service the airport and some can and even revoked permits. and there's been an interesting change in the list of the purchased medallions. the credit union shows up as owning 20 to 25 or in that order. we have to start looking does the credit union have possession of these permits opposed to just having a lien on them? $170,000 a month, $2 million a year will go to the credit union. >> thank you very much.
next speaker, please. >> clerk: matt buzina. >> i hope the director and board members are aware of the castro station south elevator project. it's important for anybody who uses a wheeled device including many members of my family with my daughter and father who uses an electric wheelchair. we've had endless delays. we've had a year delay because and i just heard it will be delayed again. it should be completed in 2020.
i'm hearing rumors it will be delayed. this is critical infrastructure and cars travel and it's an unsafe street for my father to cross and i'd like for him to join the city with us. i carry the stroller down the steps and we're all aware in new york city a woman lost her life doing that with her child. and sarah jones i think is the planning person. and they led community meetings. please don't let this be delayed further. >> commissioner: thank you for coming down and thank your daughter for coming down too and remind people it affects folks at all ages of the spectrum.
>> clerk: next speaker, please. >> i asked you to investigate broadband alarms for the right turn beeping the busses make and i want to thank you because i got a call from the jacobs company looking in to the feasibility of broadband alarm to improving safety of vision zero and for the significant noise pollution advantages. i appreciate that. in the meantime, there's been a few busses in near my house that are extremely lowd i -- loud all above 63db and i was directed to an assistant to hopefully reach out to engineering to lower the d.b. on the busses and i've been tracking them two months and unfortunately some in the 70d.b.
but home are 95 d.b. and i'm a block away and it's the first thing i hear in the morning and last thing i hear at night. setting off a 90 d.b. alarm start at 5:00 in the morning is an intense thing. unfortunately, i also want to say julia's report was great saying the number one complaint at night is noise. they've been doing construction on the vanness corridor three blocks from my house. i here the dump truck beeping 10:00 to 1:00. they could be solved by broadband alarm. there's no way someone sleeping three blocks away needs know it's back up five blocks away. if we're doing this in the middle of the night we can solve this. they jack hammer 20 minutes but the beeping goes on for hours and hours. thank you very much and please continue to support this and
this is a really important noise pollution issue. >> commissioner: thank you, next speaker, please. >> clerk: austin peterson. ali vazbadahe. >> what's the percentage clipper take when you take it on the muni bus, what's the percentage they take for the fare? >> commissioner: the way this works is you can tell us what you think but it's not an interactive process. >> better muni equals better taxis and better taxis equal bett better muni. if there wasn't too much taxes ta taken from muni it would help. if they're in a hurry they see a taxi and have a clipper card and $20 and i can hop in the taxi real quick. i'd like to be able to see the
connect made between clipper and the taxis and the muni. i think it will help. and this would make the city more attractive than the airport if they can depend on people flagging us constantly. that would make more taxis on the street if they had more ways to pay and it would be a beautiful way to pay for the taxi. maybe taxis can help distribute. i heard the other guy had trouble getting a clipper card. maybe if they had some handy we could tell you the clipper card. >> commissioner: and we understand the benefits of taking the cash out of the taxi industry for the safety and for you all and other benefits thank you for that suggestion. next speaker, please. >> hi. ali vahabdaje thank you for the
valiant effort to pronounce the name it's how was your day, vahabdaje. i was the founder of chariot in san francisco in 2014 and the parent company for smart mobility since the cessation of services in san francisco and beyond, so as a district 2 residents since coming back to muni as a morning and evening commuter, suffice to say the capacity of chariot of the passengers it transited every weekday is now trying to find space on muni. it is not a good look especially from the sorj side of the city -- north side from russian
hill where the vast majority of the several thousand customers came from. i've approached supervisor stefani about this issue and i want to ask the board and the executive leadership how they plan to make up for that capacity constraint. several times in the past three weeks i haven't been able to get on the bus i hope you can figure out how to have alternative cap space so people can use it. >> commissioner: thank you. any other speakers on public comment? seeing none we'll close item 9 and move to item 10.
>> clerk: the consent i'm -- item. i've not received a request any item be severed. >> commissioner: does anybody want to sever an item. we have a motion. all in favor say aye. opposed? item 11, ms. boomer. >> clerk: thunder showering the director to implement parking and traffic modifications along the third street between king and mission streets south of market as part of the third street transit and safety project. >> i'm the project manage for the third street and muni 4
project i bring to you. today is part of our 90-day action plan julia was talking about and a vision zero supporting project. so just to be clear the project is focussed on the part of third street and south of market. not third street further south. on third street and soma we have the 30 and 45. as you probably know, these routes are -- serve various destinations and have nearly 70,000 riders. on third street a bus is scheduled to arrive never 90 to 120 seconds on average during rush hour. they'll continue to be high vol even after the subway is opened
by candle stick and express busses. you may think don't we already have a transit line we do but they're blocked and busses are delayed during rush hour you see a typical condition right here. what is happening there is the transit lane is being used as a second right turn lane. you may recognize this is folsom street and it happens regularly there as well as bryant street and the busses will get out and go around traffic which is a time consuming process. as a result we're seeing average travel times of 10 minutes from caltrain to market. that's about a mile. that's about 6 or 7 miles an hour and the proposal is focussed where the bus 40% slower than after 7:00 p.m.
so i don't know if you can squint and see this. i apologize the map is a little bit small. the source of the problem we have in the afternoon with transit is third street is a route to the bay bridge. you see the opportunities going to the one-way street at this point. there's opportunities to turn right towards the bridge at bryant and then again at harrison and folsom. we see high volumes of right-turn vehicles at all those elections. at bryant, about 20% of the 2,000 vehicles heading north in the busiest hour are trying to turn right. if you do quick math that's about 400 vehicles in an hour that say high -- is a high volume of right-turning vehicles. in addition to transit, it's been equally important in pedestrian safety.
south of market is the rapidly growing area with rapidly increasing numbers of pedestrians. third street is a very wide one-way street which appoints up to six lanes of traffic going in one direction and this is a high injury corridor and the most recent period for which we had data on third street we found a total of 50 pet and bike collisions. that's almost within per month and two fatalities among those. i want to talk for a moment about our community engagement process. we did have an extensive outreach efforts and held two dozen stakeholder meetings with advocacy organizations, institutional stakeholders, residents of senior communities to take -- make up a large portion in the corridor and councils an supervisor for
districts 3 and 6. most of the corridor in district 6 but many passengers continuing to district 3. we conducted survey for pedestrians and motorists and tried to find out more about merchants' loading needs and befavors and had an open house which we had about 75 to 100 participants. we sent out thousands of multi-lingual informational mailers in advance and e-mail updates to about 4,000 people and the project website. you can see some comments up here. i would say in general there was an understanding of the need for the project and i think overall there was an agreement with the
proposed solutions. that's not to say we didn't air some concerns. we heard concerns about traffic, about loading for some small businesses along third street. about bus stops because we do have proposals for changes to bus stops and i'll talk about those as well as accommodations for bicycles and enforcement and various other issues. we did refine the project based on some of what we heard. notably we did work to maintain three lanes of traffic from king to market during rush hours and extend the hours when restrictions are in effect acknowledging traffic has grown and that provides additional traffic capacity around the shoulders of the peak when we see transit delay. we didn't remove loading spaces. that's not to say some wouldn't be relocated. they'd either be on the same block face or immediately around the corner. and i'll talk more about bus stops and bikes in a moment.
so here you can see some turn and we'll get into drawings but some of our proposed solutions. probably the biggest move we're proposing to make is to shift that existing transit lane one lane to the left. so right now it's mostly in the second lane from the curb and the lane to the right serves as a parking and loading lane most of the day on most blocks and becomes in places a right-turn lane. we effectively have a dual-turn lane happening and we want to move it to the middle of the segment to the third lane from the curb and that would be between brandon and folsom. just about half a mile. we're also going to remove one stop i'd talk about but the 10 minute travel time from kal
train to market we believe we can improve in the afternoon by 10 minutes per trip. if you look at the number of riders we have up to 10,000 on busses heading north out of mission. that will be a significant improvement in the aggregate. so a bit more detail on what we're proposing. i apologize if you have to squint. at bryant and folsom where we propose to have stops and they could be very large. long enough for two 60-foot busses to use simultaneously and from the perspective of passengers very wide. they'd be on sidewalks and the sidewalk would be about 24 feet wide. that's up from 10 feet today. if you think those are 130 feet long that's a large sidewalk space we're creating. also at bryant and folsom we want to restore two crosswalks
where he want to separate all the pedestrian movements from vehicle movement. we'd have a right-turn only signal phase for the motorists. the rest of the time we'd have a no right on red restriction. and i used to live in the corridor and was unfortunate to walk to work but walked through third and folsom every day and if you're out in the morning or afternoon you know the jostling between vehicles trying to turn right and the crosswalk is scary. we greatly reduce it, if not eliminate that. for the distance of three blocks we'd look to shift some traffic capacity in the through lanes to the right turn lanes and extend the hours from 9:00 a.m. to
10:00 a.m. and in the afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and we'll also ex continued our signal cycle length to buy us traffic community and do right-turn signal phase. when we did traffic modelling we found not much changed today and they don't function very well for vehicles in the peak but we don't believe they'll get meaningfully worse. to make room for right-turn lanes a key part of the proposal and other parts of the proposal we're looking to remove a total of 23 parking spaces along the entire length and that includes 18 on third street itself as well as five more on cross streets. loading spaces would all be relocated in the immediate
haven't. bike lanes, currently there's not one on third street and not planning to add one. we're currently constructing a high-quality bicycle facility on ninth street protected by like lines and another on fifth street in development we're looking at opportunities to improve bicycle conditions there as well and it would all be part of a north-south and east-west grid we're trying to develop south of market. i talked about moving bus stops around. always a controversial subject. what we're proposing to do is go for five bus stops in the segment to four. currently we have a very odd legacy pattern that for all i know goes back to 1920 when street cars were operating. in one location we have a third of a mile between stops from townsend to harrison.
that's a stop only at harrison temporarily. previously it was under the freeway and not a great waiting environment for passengers and it was 1500, to 1600 street between stops and conversely we have two on the same stop between folsom and howard and they're about 500 feet apart. so we propose two things. remove the stop at howard with less usage the sidewalk is level. we feel as far as removing stops go it's a fairly minimal impact and would like to take the stop at harrison and move to it bryant. the result of that which is hard to see with the closed captioning is a stop every other block which are 1200 feet part or so within our stop guidelines.
so this is a brief summary of the legislation you're being asked to approve. parking and traffic changes. it doesn't include a couple important components. one is moving an existing transit lane you do not actually need to approve the other is the sidewalk extensions and 42 two -- the two for bus stops and those are the purview of public works. now, separate from the project but related to it i want to talk for a moment about an effort in transit planning and engineering over the last few weeks and months to take a closer look at potential impacts on the muni vehicles from non-muni vehicles legally allowed in our transit lanes. we're going collect data and looking at corridors such as gary, 16th street where we have non muni vehicles allowed to use
the lane and third street. it's hard to look at third street now. nobody uses the transit lane. the transit lane is not functional. i've stood there many hours waiting for a non-muni vehicle to come along and they don't because they don't need to gain access to our stops which is the primary reason our bus in that lane so they travel in the through lanes which are more free flowing during the peak. so following completion of construction, if the project proceeds, we'd like to take a look at how the lane is functioning and whether there's delay. i will tell you we've done preliminary data collection on third and have an idea of the number of vehicles out there. we don't believe there should be a problem but we're going to do a study to try to confirm this. again, we'll look at different locations because we believe if there are effects they'll vary by location. there's different context you find for transit lanes around
the city. here's the project time line and hoping to vit complete early fall. the early implementation would include moving the transit lane and stops and the pedestrian improvements. as a temporary measure at folsom and bryant rather than having a sidewalk extension we'd have boarding islands you see regularly now in soma and a relatively channel not wide enough for a vehicle except for street sweepers. construction should take one to two months. depending on timing it may overlap in soma with the giants and warrior season. there's never a perfect time but
we believe we can limit the impact. construction taking place primarily on the midday or weekends and weekends and that completes the presentation. thank you very much. >> commissioner: any question. >> thank you. i do see third street right-turning cars is an impediment. i hope this will speed it up a lot. first, thank you for the community engagement. i know we've made really good progress in our ability to engage with the community and get great feedback. i think staff is doing a really good job on that. better than a lot of cities and companies. amazon has proved that in new york where they walked up and away win community pushback.
thank you for the community engagement. tell me how it will be better for the bus operators. i promised myself we would always get -- ask that question after driving myself. >> we actually have coaches coming out of three or four different locations. we've gone around. and they love it when they don't have to pull into traffic and out of traffic. right away we got off on a good foot talking about that. those who have been driving on third for a while take it as a fact of life the transit lane is going to be useless between 3:00 and 7:00 in the afternoon in the current location. right away we started talking about moving the transit lane and right turn activity and what's happening at bryant and folsom and they reacted.
we got a positive response from the operators. >> thank you. i know this does not include bike lanes and we heard people do want bike lanes. there's good a good bike facility on second and fifth street. i'm concerned now hearing about the boarding islands it's going have a channel between the boarding island and sidewalk and you know the sidewalks will assume it's for them. >> it won't be marked as a bake line and -- bike lane. and like i said, i've spent a lot of time on the street watching how it work and when you see a cyclist more often than not they're in the bike lane. and we'll have all the right-turning traffic to the
right of the transit lane and the traffic moving through to the left of the transit lane and we hope that it is relatively free flowing. of course we'll still have some violators no matter what. it's not something we want to encourage but i want to imagine most likely when you do see bikes you'll probably see them in the red lane. for them to veer around behind the transit island and come back out probably wouldn't make a lot of sense. >> good. thank you. no more questions. thank you. >> i have a quick question. as i understand it, there's going to be transit boarding islands in the interim and later we'll do the bulbs, is that right? >> that's right. >> commissioner: can you walk us through our people in wheelchairs will access the curbs to transit? >> we'll have ramps. they're quite long, about 130, 135 feet depending on the exact location. thane situation we want to have
ramps at both ends. we sat down with accessibility and walked through this the islands will be nine-feet wide and that's enough to have the ramp at either end and have space for people in mobility devices and turn and not get caught in a pinch point and we have shelters and still have room for the lifts to deploy. i think the key thing to understand is the facilities were designed in collaboration with our accessibility folks. >> thank you. >> commissioner: director eaken. >> have a big question and some detail questions. in the big picture i understand it's about pedestrian safety and traffic improvements. as you mentioned it's a wide street with many lanes going in one direction which is an antiquated mode of street design that harkens back to a different era of transportation.
i just wonder more broadly, i appreciate all the improvements and i think they're all well thought through. i weekender are we thinking through for the vision of soma street as we see more and more residential and office development how the streets should function and whether the one-way, six-lane streets are really in sync with where we are as a city or whether we ought to be rethinking the way the streets look adding safer, protective phasing, which i'm happy to see will be added to the project. >> you're right, the streets in soma reflect what i think all of us think about streets and the
place at which we're seeing the city land use and transportation patterns and city change more raply than anywhere else. this board has legislated protected guidelines on 2nd, folsom and howard and major transformation at the east and hopefully today a change to 3rd street. we're trying to undo the way of thinking of market street. asked if there was a framework? i believe we talked just at a strategic level how you can't put a world-class transit facility or parking protected bike lane an every street in soma but we're mindful of having row bust -- robust networks so cyclists can get from midmarket
to the embarcadero and folsom. we'd be happy to dust that off and share that with you. >> commissioner: thank you. on the project itself, two quick questions, one is the idea again to create a more less intimidating more friendly pedestrian environment. the concept of mid-block crossings is not ending up in the final design and wonder if you can speak to that and the photos you showed of all the cars lined up in the red lane in the current situation suggest to me we may have an enforcement challenge with the abuse of the current lane. moving it is a traffic move but i wondered if you thought about
enforcement so it doesn't continue? >> regarding the block crossings, i'll take the opportunity to point out the crosswalking lags we're proposing crosswalks on all the cross streets who don't currently have crosswalks. some are alleyways, more are minor streets that intersect with 3rd. we haven't looked at additional mid-block crossings we have one at perry under the freeway and one that connects to the yerba buena gardens and there's one at south park. that's a location we see major vehicle queueing at bryant. that box-blocking issue with
pedestrian conflicts would be hard to address under current traffic conditions at that location. also, it's not a street that crosses third. it just intersections third and from a geometric perspective there's less urgency than there otherwise would be. regarding enforcement, my task as a project manager and my team i worked with and we look at design and we have an enforcement effort that take place every afternoon all over the city and p.c.o.s are helpful but we don't want to rely on them too much. >> commissioner: anything else, directors? very good.
this is an action item so we will go to public comment. >> good afternoon, chair heinicke and board members. i'll the policy and program lead with walk san francisco. we're pleased with the project. five of the munis go down the corridor and pedestrians use them and people who walk. all transit riders are pedestrians. this project includes great pedestrian safety features and we heard 20 feet of sidewalk extension where you don't have to intersect with people waiting for bus and have you more space. newly-opened crosswalks. these are huge. crossing folsom strong cross
twice to get to the side you want is a huge safety improvements and pedestrians will have increased time to cross with new improvements and it will increase the safety of those who walk and help us reach vision zero. thank you, sfmta staff. >> commissioner: next speaker, please. >> this is my first time giving public comment to exciting to be out here. i got to hear from steve and the rest of the planners at the sf moma meeting and while there's exciting things happen and a user of transit in the corridor, i think we're having a short-sighted approach. i wanted to highlight a few things.
first, i'm someone featured in the slide deck that lives there and a do not drive. many people in that area have that kind of a lifestyle. i see this set of changes going to cause problems to me as a pedestrian and cyclist. cars are already using the transit lane and we have a problem of cars going across the intersection and getting backed up. there's a hard limit to the cars on the freeway and we're not solving that by an extra lane of transit. i think we'll run into problems with induced demand. we're creating an extra lane and saying just because you're moving in this direction and we have cars, we're going to create an incentive for cars to use this and i think that's the wrong direct for thirty street and soma for the sake of pedestrians and alternative transit.
i'm someone who will ride in the red lane but i've been forced out and back into it by dangerously driving card. >> commissioner: thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> i walk and take my bike on 3rd street and it's not safe now and would like to ask you to approve the changes because as it's put together right now it's making it worse. third street is a critical bike link for a lot of people.
it's the most direct way to get to market street from caltrain and job centers and there'll be more development in the central soma plan. this is a place people want to go in that direction on bikes, on scooters and it's not safe. i think any plan we consider for third street should be making that safer not less safe. i have a visual you'd like to display. this is from the website and it shows a bicyclist and do that person look safe to you? they don't to me. you don't think it's right to say they should go out of their
way and most people in that situation will use a ride hail app which we probably don't want to encourage or they'll do what i've done and risk their life riding on 3rd street anyway. the kind of change i'd like to see on 3rd street is consider get protected bike lane on the left side is one possible solution and not do the changes that would add a double-right-turn lane because they can be very dangerous for bicyclists and pedestrians and i'm worried someone will die on the street. >> commissioner: thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> clerk: charles whitfield and the last person who has turned in a speaker card. >> good afternoon. directors. i'm charles whitfield. i'm a bus rider, walker, runner and bike share user. first i'll is an i'm happy to see the sidewalk widening and
however as a psych lift third street's terrible as scott mentioned. it's just not safe and not usable at all. it's disappointing the sfmta's response is to use another street. thousands of people live and work on third street. thousands more come with the central soma plan saying not use the thurro fare you live and work on and i'm concerned with the double-right turn lanes like the ones proposed at folsom because it means i'll have two lanes worth of drivers rather than one accelerating into a right turn because they missed their green arrow. as you saw in the photo from the initial presentation, right turners routinely wind up around the crosswalk and i strongly believe the sfmta should not extend resources to use private cars in the city. this feels like a decision that buys into car centric logic.
give them one more lane and it will solve the problem. it seems the de facto lane would become a de facto double lane. the congestion on third say function of the bay bridge. an additional right-turn lane won't make a difference. that same lane worth of space could make a huge difference to the safety of pedestrians or bicyclists. please consider promoting pedestrian use instead of continuing to accommodate ever larger numberers of dangerous and environmentally destructive cars. >> commissioner: thank you very much. >> clerk: eilis rodgers and one more person. >> i'm ellis rodgers president of the mission bay neighborhood association sometimes called alphabet soup. we generally support the project. we do appreciate the outreach that has been done but i have
two disappointments in addition to the bike lanes. when i talked to the project manager he said it was not about intersection management. in this area we need to deal with intersection management. this project just stacks cars neatly. it helps but i doesn't solve the problem. we've been advocating as a neighborhood association for eight years now. and we want pcos to solve the block in the box of controlled chaos between bikes and cars at intersections. please, at some point can we start addressing intersection management. thank you. >> >> thank you very much. next speaker, please.
>> good afternoon and directors i'm the executive director of the city's grassroot advocate for accessible and affordable and always growing public transit. i'm in support 3rd street proposal and tens of thousands of riders use it every day and personally i use 3rd street often and it's an everyday occurrence to see them blocked. so we're thrilled this moves the transit only lanes to a center lane and build accessible island. we've been vocal with our concerns with private vehicles using transit -only lanes but thanks to the your direction and the planning team you'll looking into how they're impacting muni
so thank you for that. i do want to echo some of the concerns we heard today and we're hearing this a lot on social media today in relation to the double right at folsom there's concerns with this being an issue with pedestrian safety and cyclist safety. i would ask for the team to look at the double-lane and if away want to build it hit but we're hoping you approve the proposal. >> commissioner: thank you very much. any further speakers. seeing none we'll close public comment and open it up for directors comments if there is any. and i want it