SFMTA is lying to the federal government to make BRT look like a smart idea. BRT doesn't save time by painting Red Carpet Lanes, it saves time by removing over 30% of the bus stops in the neighborhood. If you drive, walk or bike, you know that MUNI's "Red Carpet" Lanes have made a mess of the Mission district by increasing traffic congestion, endangering bicyclists and causing confusion for residents, small business owners and visitors. Now MUNI's planners are coming to "Fix" the Richmond district with their desire to demolish Geary Blvd's center-median– killing mature trees that are over 50 years old to lay down a $300,000,000 "Red Carpet" Bus Only Lane. Help us oppose this boondoggle and keep streets safe for children and Seniors.
Please Oppose Federal Funding of SFMTA's GearyBRT “Red Carpet” lanes in San Francisco's Richmond District
Spending $300,000,000 to remove 30% of bus stops so that MUNI can save three minutes over 34 blocks is a travesty. Red Carpet Lanes don't travel fast because of red lanes, they travel faster because the MTA is removing bus stops. Bus stops like the one on Collins St. where seniors stop to get a daily meal at Russian American Community Services center. Where they can get a wholesome, nutritious homecooked meal for $2.
If you drive, walk or bike, you know that MUNI's "Red Carpet" Lanes have made a mess of the Mission district by increasing traffic congestion, endangering bicyclists and causing confusion for residents, small business owners and vistors. Now MUNI's planners are coming to "Fix" the Richmond district with their desire to demolish Geary Blvd's center-median– killing mature trees that are over 50 years old to lay down a $300,000,000 "Red Carpet" Bus Only Lane.
MUNI's "Red Carpet" 24-Hour Bus-Only lanes are an expensive experiment that has failed to live up to their promise in San Francisco. The construction of "Red Carpets" in communities such as the Mission District are reported to increase traffic congestion, increase safety risk to bicyclists and hurt the incomes of small business owners. Additionally, the Red Carpet experiment has made driving and parking more difficult for hard-working San Francisco taxpayers including parents, seniors, and the physically challenged who depend upon their automobiles to support the needs of their families. Most troubling, MUNI reports confusing claims of Red Carpet success, including reports indicating no change to transit travel times as well as reports citing increased transit travel times.
Now MUNI's planners at the SFMTA have asked the Federal Transit Administration for $75,000,000 to complete their projected funding needs of $300,000,000 to bring their “Red Carpet” lane construction plan to life in the Richmond District.
Richmond District residents have spent more than eight months in good faith talks with representatives from the SFMTA and CTA and yet the SFMTA offers no compromise– continuing to include the Red Carpet lanes construction in their Geary Bus Rapid Transit plan (known as Geary BRT).
We urgently and respectfully petition the Federal Transit Administration to oppose all funding–including the $75,000,000 "Small Starts" Fund grant to the SFMTA/SFCTA until its proposed GearyBRT Red Carpet lanes and their center-median construction requirements are permanently removed from any transportation development plans for the Richmond District.
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