SFMTA Mobilizes Transit, Traffic and Parking Resources in Preparation for Potential BART Strike
Release date: 6/30/09
*** Press Release ***
San Francisco—The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates the Municipal Railway (Muni) and oversees the surface transportation network in the City, has developed a contingency plan in the event of a strike by the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART). Should a strike occur, more than 130,000 customers who normally travel daily into San Francisco could be seeking other means of getting to their destinations. The plan aims to provide SFMTA services in the City to those displaced by a strike and endeavors to avoid or minimize gridlock. “The SFMTA has conducted an Agency-wide review to coordinate traffic, parking, carpooling and taxi information with our Muni transit resources,” said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., SFMTA Executive Director/CEO. “We will also coordinate closely with our regional partners to mitigate what we know will be the significant effects of a strike for commuters throughout the Bay Area.”
This plan is designed for swift activation to ensure the safe and efficient movement of displaced commuters utilizing various modes of transportation to connect them with Caltrain, SamTrans, AC Transit and ferry services.
The attached maps cover the best transit alternatives from the Daly City border to the Bay Bridge and provide details about Downtown alternatives, including parking and casual carpool locations.
As additional details become available, they will be posted at www.sfmta.com/bartstrike and provided to 511 and 311. BART information can be found at www.bart.gov.
To keep major BART corridor service fully staffed, the SFMTA will prioritize Muni service along the following bus routes and rail lines during peak hours:
• 14 Mission
• 49 Van Ness-Mission
• J Church (to and from Balboa Park/Geneva)
• N Judah (to and from Caltrain @ 4th and King)
Transit Fare Inspectors (TFI) will be deployed to assist customers with directions on how to reach their destinations and how to purchase their Muni fares in addition to their daily proof of payment enforcement activities.
Heightened areas of concern will be the South of Market area where the majority of motorists will need assistance entering and exiting the City on surface streets leading to and from the Bay Bridge and Highway 101. Key intersections and transit corridors will be monitored and staffed with Parking Control Officers (PCO) as needed.
Off-Street Parking staff will provide garage managers with outreach materials to assist motorists when a garage is full.
Traffic Engineering is expanding the casual carpooling pick up areas to include 12 additional destinations on Beale Street to further promote the carpooling option. The casual carpool effort began during the 1997 BART strike and has continued to be used by Bay Bridge commuters.
The location of each casual carpool stop is listed below from north to south, beginning on the west side of Beale Street just south of Howard Street:
• Walnut Creek/Pleasant Hill/Concord
• North Concord/Pittsburg *
• Hercules/Richmond Parkway
• North Berkeley/Del Norte
• Claremont Avenue (Oakland)
• Lakeshore/Grand (Oakland)
Additional stops will be located along the west side of Beale Street just south of Folsom Street:
• Hayward/Union City/Fremont*
• Castro Valley/Dublin *
• Lake Merritt/Fruitvale/Coliseum *
• San Leandro/Bayfair *
The carpool boarding areas will be in effect between 3 and 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Those with an * are temporary carpool stops.
SFMTA Taxi and Accessible Services Division will coordinate with industry partners to ensure availability of taxis at key transfer points and to deploy sufficient numbers of ramp taxis to support door-to-door services for customers with disabilities.
In addition to transit, carpooling and parking, the SFMTA recommends that commuters consider bicycling and walking when these green options are viable. Other options include flexible work hours to avoid the peak commuting periods, telecommuting and taking vacation.
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