Eric Castro

signed Sunday Parking Meters 2014-10-06 12:36:32 -0700
Public streets are not for private property storage… at least not without paying for the use…

Sunday Parking Helps Transit, Businesses, & Motorists

274 SIGNATURES
GOAL: 400 signatures

To: Mayor Ed Lee
CC: San Francisco Board of Supervisors; San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
From: San Francisco Transit Riders Union and supporters signing below


We oppose your proposal to end charging at parking meters on Sundays. Transit riders shouldn't have to sacrifice - both in degraded service and in the wallet - so that motorists can get free parking.

Ending Sunday metering will hurt transit riders:

  1. More motorists will be circling for parking and double parking, making Muni slower and less reliable
  2. It will deprive Muni of critical funding, which could result in:
    • Less Muni service
    • More waiting and crowding
    • Higher fares

In addition, Sunday metering has been beneficial to both local businesses and motorists. An SFMTA study published in December 2013 indicated that after Sunday metering, drivers were able to find a parking spot twice as fast as before. In addition, parking turnover increase by at least 20 percent, helping more customers get to local businesses.

Mayor Lee: Support transit riders, local businesses, and motorists - continue the successful Sunday parking meters.


signed VLF Petition via 2014-01-01 20:12:48 -0800

Increase Muni service and improve reliability

175 SIGNATURES
GOAL: 200 signatures

To: Mayor Ed Lee and the Board of Supervisors

CC: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency

From: San Francisco Transit Riders Union and supporters signing below

The Mayor's Transportation Task Force recently proposed raising money for Muni. The new funds, however, would be banned from increasing Muni service. We believe that money collected from the new vehicle license fee must be available to increase Muni service, such as having buses come more often and other service improvements.

Increasing transit service is the crux of an excellent transit system:

  • Allows buses to come more frequently
  • Reduces waiting time
  • Relieves overcrowding
  • Improves the ability to make transfers
  • Addresses schedule deficiencies
  • All of which increase reliability and quicken travel times

If the new funds are only spent on new and shiny vehicles, as recommended by the Mayor's staff, we will have insufficient money to run improved service, and we need to do both.

In addition to permitting the new funds to be used to increase Muni service, equity must be included as part of the definition of good transit.

Transit riders in this City are tired of waiting for the unreliable bus. New Muni funds should be allowed to be used to increase Muni service.


signed Van Ness Rapid Transit Petition 2013-09-06 08:07:29 -0700

Van Ness Rapid Transit Petition

147 SIGNATURES
GOAL: 150 signatures

Petition in Support of Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit

To: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco County Transportation Authority

As transit riders, we support the implementation of high-quality Bus Rapid Transit in San Francisco. We want to be sure that the BRT projects in the City - first on Van Ness - are excellent rapid transit projects. We are concerned, however, that there will be efforts to weaken the excellent BRT model. Therefore, we support, and ask that SFMTA pursue, a Van Ness BRT system that promises:

  1. Bus-only lanes in the center of the street for the length of the route, to assure speedy travel time without interruption from private vehicles.
  2. Limited stops, to ensure quick trips along the length of the corridor.
  3. Few left-hand turns, which will slow the bus.
  4. Traffic-light timing to optimize speed and give priority to the BRT buses as they approach an intersection.
  5. Off-board ticketing, to ensure short dwell times at stops.
  6. High quality shelters and buses that entice riders and clearly "brand" this route as BRT - tying it successful BRT projects around the world.
  7. All-door, level boarding.

We urge you to be vigilant as the project moves forward - to assure that San Francisco receives the best BRT on Van Ness Avenue.


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Psychology teacher, educational technologist, and runner

MY GOAL: $25.00
$227.50 RAISED