The always informative and entertaining MattyMatt at SFist.com caught the latest agenda of the San Francisco County Transit Agency (SFCTA) and at tomorrow’s meeting there’s some pretty big news – it appears that the much touted, delayed, and awaited for signal improvements to the Irving/9th and Judah/9th intersections are finally being made!
You can go check out the agenda online, and scroll down to Item 13, where you can read more, and download a PDF of the plan also.
From what I’m reading, this has been fast-tracked to be done in 3 months. The upgrades are being made via Prop. K funds, and the N Judah trains will be getting their own signal, so cars won’t have to risk getting rammed by a mega-ton train. I’m guessing in light of recent events this is getting a bit of a push, but you know what? I really don’t care why they’re doing it – I’m just glad they are, since this has the potential of being a win for everyone – cars, MUNI, MUNI riders, and pedestrians.
I’ll keep an eye on this tomorrow and try and post something in between work breaks if I can….this is good news, though, and unlike in the past, someone is spending money and has presented a fairly detailed plan, which in government-ese means that they’re more likely to be doing something than not (Funny how money has that effect on a situation.)
UPDATE: Rachel Gordon at the Chronicle has a short story on the Gate website now also.
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Can you summarize what is actually going to be done?
I lived at 11th & Lincoln for three years, and know that crazy intersection well.
-the LRVs will have their own signal, and there will be new signal equipment installed. They can’t shut down the N line to install the kind that goes underground, so they’ll install something else. Cars and peds will have their own signal as well
-the LRVs will get priority when they’re actually around in the intersections
-countdown signals indicating how much time is left before a red will go in
-cars and peds wont be crossing when the train makes a turn.
Just got off Caltrain? Is it 45 degrees and pouring rain? MUNI doesn’t care.
Wednesday, for the third time in as many months (and I am not a regular Caltrain rider), I got off an evening Caltrain, and promptly crossed the street to the N Judah platform and a waiting train. Then I watched as the driver left the platform with me and a few other Caltrain passengers standing there – or in one case, closed the door six inches from my face as I stood politely behind a line of 2-3 people who were paying at the front door.
I don’t know why drivers can’t be bothered to look for a clump of people crossing the street when a train arrives. And unlike MUNI, Caltrain has a schedule and generally stays on it, so MUNI could also hold the N for 2-3 minutes after a scheduled arrival.
What’s with these boneheads? Here’s a braindead simple opportunity for MUNI to provide a useful and appreciated service, but MUNI turns it into an infuriating, insulting experience. Somehow, MUNI continues to burn goodwill even after there’s none left to burn.