tv Government Access Programming SFGTV March 17, 2018 1:00pm-2:01pm PDT
>> hello. welcome to the sfmta budget online town hall. we are streaming this via our website. sfpuc.com budget and on our twitter and we are also live on sf goff tv channel 26. i have the directtor of transport ed reiskin. our goal today is to give background information on the budget and the process that helps us create us. hopefully this will shed some light on our priorities as an agency and let you know where our goals are. we will also be answering questions from the community so please chime in on sfmta social media by e-mails.
sfmta budget at atay.com. we are three to as as many questions as we can the second half of our broadcast. sfmta.com. i would like to share a little bit about myself. i am a native of san francisco. i have a background in marketing communications and customer service. i was guided do sfmta by my father and my uncle who have over 60 combined years with the company. i began as a operator driving the 130, 45 then i went on to train and i have driven the lkm and n. i am currently a supervisor and i have supervised our construction sites, street operations, i am currently a
supervisor at our metro green division. i oversee the morning operations of the klm lines. i am a mother of two and traveler and 49ers fine and i will go with the golden state warriors. now we are moving to ed. can you tell us about your day? >> sure. the position i hold is establishing the charter as director of transportation for the city and county of san francisco which gives me the great privilege of leading the sfmta which is an agency with a broad responsibility for planning, engineering, transportation and managing traffic and regulating the taxis and, of course, managing and operating muni. i spend a loft of day -- lot of my day meeting with a lot of
people, meeting with my staff to provide direction in terms of moving the agency forward. i spent a lot of time meeting with folks from other departments. very little work we do at the mta that doesn't interact with re rely on the public works or planning or publi public utilits communication. a lot of inter agency coordination. i spend time at city hall meeting with elected and appointed officials to be sure we are response i have to the people who elected them and they represent. i try to spend as much time as possible in the field seeing the work happening talking to the employees in the field as well as talking to other stakeholders in the business community, neighborhood groups and stakeholder to get a good sense of the job. i also my family and i live in the city. when i am not working, i am
still on the bus on the train riding my bike, walking, driving in the city. i feel like i am somewhat emersed in the job even when i am not working. that is pretty much what i do. a big part of the job is developing a budget every two years. >> thanks for that. before we get to questions. let's start off with overview about the sfmta budget and describe what it means for the city of san francisco. >> happy to do that. i have slides i will use to guide the conversation. it is a large agency. the budget can be a little bit complex. i am glad we only do it every two years. it is obviously an important part of what we do. the budget is what frames a lot of the activity we do over the course of the years. to start out with, just to give
a sense of the scope and scale of the agency and rough numbers. $1.1 billion operating budget. that is the money we spend every year. $3.6 billion five year capital program. those are the investments that we are making over time to improve the system. you can see from the slide some different numbers to give you a sense of scale. on a weekday we provide more than 700 rides. we have more than 280,000 street signs, 28,000 parking meters, coming up on 500 miles of bike path lanes and routes. that number is growing every day. we have 1200 signal intersections. the agency is authorized more than 6,000 employees. this is to give a sense of the scale and breadth of the agency and complexity of what we have
to manage. what guides the development of the budget, our operating decisions, the actions we are taking on a day-to-day basis, the policies is our strategic plan. this shows the vision and four goals of the strategic plan adopted by the sfmta board of directors in 2012. this is what we use to govern our work. i should note i report to the board of directors, the board of directors are appointed by the board of supervisors after being nominated by the mayor. they set the policy for the agency. that policy is articulated in the strategic plan which those goals reflect and that guides the work we do and guides us as we think about developing the budget which we do every two years. just some context as we think
about developing a budget. we are thinking about what are the trends happening in san francisco so some things going on. one positive one is when we look at the trend in terms of fatalities on the streets. these are people trying to get around san francisco and are being killed in the process. while we are not -- the agency adopted a policy of vision zero to eliminate traffic fatalities in san francisco. that was a recognition we know longer accept the fact we should expect people will die in the streets. they do. we are working hard to get to zero and what is encouraging that you can see on the chart. we are experiencing a continuing downward trend. last year we had the fewest people die on the streets since we started counting back in
1915. in 100 years the lowest number we have ever had. we hope that is from vision zero and us working together with the leadership with mayor and other agencies and most important with our community partners and public at-large to embrace the notion while people may make mistakes on street, they shouldn't give their lives for it. we continue to drive that number down, and safety on the streets is a big part what this agency does. so that is encouraging. another encouraging trend if we can go back a slide. that was back a slide. another trend that we are facing and you as san francisco would recognize this. the city is growing very rapidly, just since 2000 we added nearly 100,000 people to the population of san francisco
and if you project forward to 2040, we anticipate or i guess the demographers anticipate 1.1 million people here in our little city of san francisco. the fact that the population continues to grow and what we do is provide transportation service for the people in san francisco. the folks that live here and those that come here to visit is relevant as we think about developing budget and figuring out the level of service we need to provide. another trend that is positive has to do with muni service. this is something you can appreciate and maybe you are responsible for the good news at least in part. that is when the voters put the agency together back in by changing the charter in 1999 putting together muni and the
department of parking and traffic. one of the things they asked us to do. the purpose was to manage parking and traffic to make muni operate better. one of the things they tasked us with do is asking the riders how are we doing to make us better. we have been doing that every year. what the graph shows in the most recent years we had an all-time high of 70% of riders surveyed indicating the service was good or very good. that is also a positive trend and one that we want to continue building on. those are just some context points in terms of how we start thinking about the budget. from a fiscal perspective as we think about the budget, this two sides of the ledger. revenues is money coming into the agency we have to spend and
expenditure, how we are spending the money. the general trend now is that revenues are somewhat flat. , expenditures are growing. revenues are supported by the city's general fund. the charter is set up to get a portion of the city's general fund revenue. when the city economy is doing well and the revenues are flowing they flow to our agency and that is strong during this period of economic growth. at the same time some of our revenue sources parking revenues and muni transit fare revenues are flat or declining. putting that together we see the revenues growing very slowly. this chart gives you a sense of where the revenues come from and you can see what is good we have
a diversified source of revenues. a lot of other agencies, particularly transit agencies don't have this diversity. a big chunk from general fund and parking and traffic and transit fares and grant the state and other sources. while the general fund portion of pie is strong. the transit fares and parking revenues are flat or not declining. the expenditures are growing at a faster rate than the revenues. it is driven by labor costs, the 6,000 people who do a great job delivering service and the service we provide each day. we need to pay them and keep up with the cost of living. what we negotiated in terms of
wages and health benefits and pension costs and everybody knows healthcare costs are rising faster than inflation. expenditures are growing faster than revenues. we have a gap to close. you can see from the chart so folks can get a sense of the agency how the expenditures are allocated. muni is the biggest part of the budget. it is the lion's share of the budget. the other divisions together come up comprise less than half. all of them are working largely in support of muni and supporting the safety on our streets. with that starting point, that is just taking what we are doing today and it shows with revenues slower we have a gap to close. because of the growth of the city there is more we are trying to do than what we are doing
today. as i'm sure you know working out of metro rail we are putting new train cars in service. those aren't replacement. those are additions to the existing train fleet. we are doing that if anyone who rides the metro, the trains are crowded or overcrowded. we are trying to get more trains to accommodate the demand for rail service. we have four new cars on the street as we speak. we will have 24 by the fall, another 40 by the end of next year. that is 64 additional railcars in service in san francisco that are going to help people move around. that is going to cost money to put all of those cars in service. we need to ac need to account f. the central subway will open at the end of 2019.
getting the central subway into service will meet additional demand north south on the eastern side of the city will cost money. we have added a lot of bus service recently, adding more buses to the fleet and replacing shorter buses with longer buses. we have run out of space at the bus facilities. we are also opening a new bus division this summer. that is going to cost money. we are going to have to figure out how to work within the budget, tighten the belt within the existing budget so we can free up revenues to do those extra things to deliver more service to the people of san francisco. one other thing before i close so we can get to questions. i want to note that one of the major things we do each two years is look at transit fares as well as the fees and fines that are part of the agency's
responsibility. generally speaking by a policy set by the board in 2009, we have a formula where we index fares to keep up with inflation so we don't fall behind. we will propose to do that. there are a few category res of muni fares. a single ride fair costs 2 heavy rain $50. if you are using the app it is $2.75 in cash. the indexing proposal would have them both go up by a quarter. what we think about is keeping the single ride fare at $2.50. letting the other one index up to $3. iit is a greater incentive to ue
the clipper card. possessing cash is expensive. it slows downed boarding. it is better for all riders if we can get folks off cash. that is one example. another example is adding a new fare, a one day pass on muni mobile maybe would be the cost of two or two and a half times the muny fare. those those who may want to take more rides in a day, we want incentive to use transit. whether you ride muni often, seems or never, the more people that get on muni, the better for everyone else. it leaves more room for people choosing or wanting to drive or to ride a bike or walk. the more people on muni, the better. we try to use the fare policy to
encourage people to ride muni. that is why we have the free programs for disabilities and seniors. we have half pricetor low income adults. it is at equity and getting more people to muni. those are the things we are thinking about as we develop the next budget. we are coming towards the end of the budget development process, getting feedback from a forum such as this and other public meetings we have had. it is a big part what informs the budget. the charter requires us to submit every even year a balanced budget to city hall by may 1st. we are at the begin of march. we have this meeting will be going back to the board one more time this month. then we will be proposing a first balanced budget to the mta board of directors in april. if they like it they can pass it
along. if not they can send me back to the drawing board and i will have another chance at a budget. we are getting close to the end here, and the feedback from this forum is important. we are looking forward to the questions. >> thank you. that was very interesting. we appreciate you sharing. let's move to questions. first we have been presenting this budget to various shareholders, and sharing it with a lot of community groups. throughout that process we have received a number of interesting questions. let's go through some of these. i think it will be helpful. the first question. how does this budget balance the needs of everyone who gets around the city? >> that is a great question and core to the work of this agency. we are the city's transportation
department. i am the director of transportation. it is our job to facilitate people getting around the city no matter how they choose to get around. some take muni every day, some people never. some ride bikes often and some never get on the bike. no matter how they get around we want them to do so safely. we do have in this city a policy that the transit first policy adopted by the board of supervisors in 1973. that policy was a recognition. while the population may grow and could never have anticipated that we would be talking about 1.1 million people in 2040, the city is not getting any bigger. we need to accommodate more and more people with the streets
that we have. back to what i was saying before, anyways we can encourage people to the most efficient modes of transportation, which muni represents. that is how we make space for those who need to drive for delivery vehicles that need to serve the small businesses. we are trying to redesign the streets. transit, bicycles, driving on some streets. that is the mix what we have to do. the capital budget has investments to make the streets safer and make them work for all road users. >> what has the mta done to control spending and contain costs and how do city pension systems contribute affect to the sfmta budget? >> those are really good
questions. pension costs are controlled by voters. the pension system was established by the voters and can only be modified by the voters. the good thing is during the newsome and lee administrations there were a number of measures brought to the ballot passed to reform the pension system to make it more affordable. today san francisco learned it got the highest bond rating ever, which means it is a reflection the financial community believes san francisco is doing as good a job as it can at managing liabilities of which pension is a large one. pension liability is one that does impact our budget, not one we can control. the city and voters of san francisco have done a good job of that. internally it is something we have spent a lot of time on and we are going to get to balance
the budget with more of that. we manage all of our costs and our different operating groups at a number of different levels. we have a lot of data we are able to track, whether it is expenditures on materials, equipment, over time, there is a lot of things we are tracking day-to-day to make sure we operate as efficiently as possible. the city controller comes in to evaluate how we are doing and we get recommendations from those and many other audits. every funding source the federal, state government, the local county transportation agency come in to audit us. we use those findings from the audits to improve to make sure every dollar of public money we have that we are treating preciously and spending as
efficiently as we can. >> why do we continue to pour money into things like street scape improvements and other low usage mode shares, bicycles when we have breakdowns of our city's most major transportation system? >> so that is a fair question. with regard to mo-chair, bicycles is the most rapidly growing. if we like them or not, we need people to bike in the city. we want them to do so safely. it is a pretty efficient mode of transportation, takes up very little space. most of the improvements to make the street safer, bicycles are relatively low cost. every person on a bicycle is
someone who is not in a car creating traffic or competing for a parking space. more generally with regard to street scapes, we want the streets to be inviting for people to walk in, to bike on, to ride the bus through. the public right-of-ways of san francisco represent 25% of the land area of the city. we don't want to think about them as places for people to pass through. we want them to be places for people to be in. the more inviting for people to get around other than just driving through on the automobile, the more space there is for people who want or need to drive. the safer it is for everyone. that is why we make those investments. we do so unpolgeticly. >> how do you encourage rider
ship rather than uber or lift. >> the good news is where agency transit agencies around this region and around the country are seeing ridership decline, we are not seeing that on muni which suggests that muni offers a good value proposition to folks in terms of how to get around the city thanks to the great work of folks like you and your colleagues. what w we are trying to do to me that real is investing in the service. we have been replacing all the buses so virtually all of the buses in the muny fleets will have been replaced by 2019. we will have gone to the oldest fleet to the newest and more reliable fleets. we are making changes in the streets of san francisco to improve reliability on m un i
and reduce delays. it is adding turn lanes so the buses are not stuck behind a car turning. it is things like widening the sidewalks so the bus doesn't have to come out of traffic and fight the way into traffic. putting all of those things together makes the muni service better and a better option for more people for more trips. we can't compete with venture capital funding some of the other companies have and the lack of regulations that they have, we have high safety standards we want and have to add here to. we are trying to make that muni ride a better option for more trips. the trends show we are achieving that at least somewhat.
>> well, we have been asking questions online via social media. we have received a bunch leading up to today. coming from our e-mail. are we plan willing to extend the central subway north to fisherman's wharf? is it part of the plan to get the e out to fort mason? >> we are looking at both of those things. the central subway which is phase two of the light-rail project, the first phase was from sunnydale to the ball partly cloudy. that was completed in 2007. the second phase will be completed at 2019 extending the t up fourth and under fourth and stockton to chinatown. we have started a planning process for a third phase to extend potentially town
fisherman's wharf. that is a lot of interest in north beach for a station and a lot of interest from fisherman's wharf from th from the pier 39 w folks to get a single ride down to the convention center to chinatown, all the way up to the northern waterfront. that is something we are looking at. we did a fis built study a number of years ago. that would not be expensive. on the order at the low end a half a billion dollars. we do expect when the central subway opens it will be our higher ridership line and that will build support for a northern extension. that is early planning that we are on. likewise we started evaluating an alternative concept
forgetting to fort mason that might be simpler than the current concept on the table. that is something we are going to be exploring in the next two years ago well. >> from twitter our next question. is there a line item for subway station improvements? they are saying the civic center and thand the embarcadero looksa funeral home. >> those are stations that are jointly managed by muni and bart. focusing on the stations is an area that we are interested in. i will say the needs of the transit system alone are significant. if you look at all of the assets of the transit system. we talked about the fleet getting updated, buses and trains. if you look at the buildings like the green facility that you
workout of, if you look at all of the rail and overhead lines and signals and switches, then you add in the rest of the agency assets, parking meters, traffic signals, we have a lot of assets to maintain. we prioritize those that are mission critical. they are related to delivering mop muni services that leaves the stations in a second tier. we are working at our own stations and with bart to invest in the stations. bart has identified some funding to start work. they have done preliminary work folks may have seen. there is some stationmaster planning to the extent we can identify funds we wil we will ce to improve the environment. we are focusing on elevators and
escalators. we want and would like to make those investments as well. >> also from twitter. can we make cable cars pre-pay immediately and expand clipper and muni mobile sales at the same time? a cash surge would be one way toffies it in theness -- to phase it in. >> i think what they are referring to is direction from the sfmta board to get there to do it in about a year and-a-half. this person is challenging us to accelerate that. we want to -- we share the goal of getting the cash off the cable cars. one of the things we contemplate is a large differential between clipper and muni mobile versus those paying cash. that is mostly tourists, the
majority of tourists have smartphones with the ability to not need to use cash and pre-pay as this person is suggesting. we are thinking about a large cash differ epshall as they suggest. we do want to make sure we do outreach so folks know and people don't one day show up to find out they can't get on the cable car when they expected to. the cable cars serve the tourists and those in franas well. we don' don't want to cash anyof guard. we want to make sure we do the right outreach so everyone can be prepared and not get turned away from the wonderful cable cars. >> coming from twitter. why are clipper readers broken outdated on newly purchased buses? >> our clipper reader up time is pretty good. as someone who rides the train
every day and i don't come across very many not can functioning. they are old technology. we don't have new clipper readers. when we get new buses and new trains, we are recycling the old clipper readers. it is something that we are looking at whether there is an opportunity to modernize those, but we get the buses new. in some cases we put old equipment on. that is all we have that is the case with clipper readers. >> so we have a few new questions. on twitter. can we have accurate gps predictions for bus arrival on the next muni app? >> i know that is a source of frustration. i admit i didn't appreciate how important these bus arrival times were to people until a
point last year where we had a melt down on that system and we had no predictions. boy, did we hear it. we get how important that is to folks. this is a system relying on old technology. we are going to a committee of the board later this month to share our plans for the next generation of the system to get us to a yes to the answer to that question of getting accurate arrival times. by aplarge, except at the terminals the predictions are pretty good most of the time. i know what it is off, it can be frustrating for folks. we are doing the best to move to answer that question as yes. >> next question from at andrew k davidson. does the budget provide additional parking officers to deal with the number of vehicles parked in bike lanes? >> that is something that we can
contemplate. we did in the last budget cycle, i think, add parking control officers to the agency. if we were going to want to try to add some more, that is something we would have to find the funs to pay for. we have been trying to focus efforts in line with the vision zero policies on things like double parking in bike lanes. we understand and as someone who often gets around on a bicycle understand when someone is double parked in the bike lane we swerve to go around it and that puts us and the people driving, particularly the muni bus drivers in a bad situation. we don't want that. we have been focusing the efforts on double parking. we have been focusing on other behaviors such as blocking intersections to cause unsafe behaviors. while it is an open question
whether we can afford to add more parking control officers. we are trying to focus them on enforcement that is linked to safety. >> very good. next from at amy 415. the new trains are too few and far between. what is the timeline forgetting the trains in service? >> well, it sounds like a vote of confidence for the new trains from the 415. we should have 24 of them in place by late summer, early fall. right now just to give us a sense of perspective we have 150 old trains. adding 24 new ones this year is a noticeable percentage of the fleet. it won't be where is wall do trying to find the new train. next year we will have 64 in
service as well as four additional ones we will use to service the events at the golden state warriors arena. you will see more soon starting this month. we should be adding one every week to the fleet. you will we seeing a lot more of them out there. >> coming from jane. we would love to the under ground from the end between church by deboise park. >> that would be no. we redid that whole area a couple years ago to get the rails and overhead wires in good shape for modern signals to smooth the path. now managing the service the
porttals are bottom necked. if we kept the train underground to the sunset tunnel by the park that would be great. we need to prioritize our funds to where, first of all, we don't have the funds. we need the greatest amounts of demand. we will add service and running three car trains. we will be adding capacity. we don't have the funds to do that level of undergrounding that would be a great thing to do. >> when is the future of san francisco's taxi industry? >> that is a tough question. obviously the transportation network companies, uber and lyft have eaten into the taxi market. we still see the taxis as an
integral part of transportation in san francisco. they are great complements to muni transit service, great ways to take muni one part of the trip or coming home late at night or going for a way that is not a good trip, taxis are a way to make the trip without your own car. car. a taxi provides a big part of the paratransit service for people with disabilities that can't use the regular fixed route muni service. taxis are important to transportation in san francisco. we are trying to level the playing field. i mentioned before uber and lyft operate without regulations. yet we pile the regulations to the taxi service that we
regulate locally. what we try to do is level that playing field by making sure that our regulations are the essential ones needed for critical safety accessibility equity purposes and to do the best to support the industry. they have use of the red lanes in the city. they have competitive advantageses that we think will keep them strong or at least on stable footing to continue to the future to provide the critical service, especially for people with disabilities. >> our next question comes from the hayes valley association. are you planning for improved lighting for pedestrians in the hayes valley area? >> one thing that we are finding as we are advancing our vision zero efforts. one of the factors of safety and one that hasn't traditionally been in our tool kit or the city
tool kit is lighting. the national governor safety association this week came out with a number of recommendations and improved pedestrian lighting was one. that is probably the point they are making in hayes valley. streestreetlights is managed be public utilities commission. they are not funded for pedestrian level lighting. through the city we have been working to collectively identify a way to fund the lighting particularly where it can advance the safety efforts. we will work with the puc and the city to try to get that one to be a yes so we can provide lighting in hayes valley and other neighborhoods where there is heavy pedestrian traffic at night. >> from the e-mail does your budget include cleaning and maintaining the parking garages? the fifth and mission garage is
always dirty. machines malfunctioning. why so many vacant storefronts on the street level? >> that is a lot of question, all of them good. we contract out the management of our parking garages to private sector companies that have that expertise to manage parking. we do have standards of safety and currenciness we should hold them to. it sounds like work at fifth and mission. with regard to the equipment we have done three or four garages where we are replacing that equipment and putting in more modern equipment that will be more reliable that will reduce the operating cost for some of the operators to let them redirect those costs to enhance security and cleaning. we might not be exactly where we need to be today but we are in the process of changing out that equipment as we speak.
the civic center garage from here is happening right now. with regard to the storefronts that we recently brought in some retail brokerage experts to get those spaces filled. it drives me crazy to go down mission and see empty storefrontses. retail is having a bit of a challenge. people are going on line instead of going to the neighborhood retail. shop at your neighborhood retail and brick and mortar stores reach are working hard to get those spaces filled. >> this is chris on facebook. what about giving real tickets to those in a bus stop? pressing the camera buttons and following up? >> what the writer is referring to is forward facing cameras on the buses, and we can use them to write certain kinds of
tickets. that authorities to write the tickets is granted by the state legislature. right now they only authorized us to write those for people who are parked in a transit only lane. it doesn't -- we can't use those important people in bus stopped unless it is in a transit only lane. couple years ago we sought legislative authority to expand to write those tickets. we did not get the support of the legislature to do so. we need to rely on parkingprol officers, taxi investigators can write those. we have a number of different folks in the agency and the police department. we still have to do it the old fashioned way unless we get state law change. >> my co-workers write tickets
all day. >> thank you for that. that is more than $250. we don't want to write tickets. we want people not in the bus zones. >> this is from the e-mail. will you reinstate sunday parking meter operation to help fund the muni budget? >> the first thing i would say is the institution of parking management on sundays was never done for budget purposes. it was done because we know from e exhaustive research that when you manage parking, it makes parking available. there is just as much demand on sundays as saturdays. getting back to supporting local businesses and wanting retail to
thrive in san francisco. we put that to create parking availability so when people go there on sunday afternoon they can find a parking space and visit those merchants. obviously, there was a lot of controversy and dispute over that policy change. we did reverse it. my board has raised the issue of looking at times of day we currently don't manage parking, and exploring whether we should do that. i don't think we will see a specific proposal for sunday parking reinstitution this year. the board is challenging us to look at times and places where we are not managing parking but maybe should be. >> next question from twitter. what are the short term safety improvements to the embarcadero and how can people use this corridor to contribute ideas and
identify problem areas? >> i would encourage people to use 311, which you can dubai calling 311, do online, through twitter direct message, 311 app. a lot of ways to connect. we take that seriously, particularly if it is a safety issue. we are wracking up embarcadero enhancement. you can get information on what we are looking at as well as ways to participate. i will say that we are working in conjunction with the port of san francisco that is looking at the possibility or necessity to rebuild the sea world and will seek voter support to do so in november. depending on the path it may require disruption on embarcadero. before we do any lounge term
plans on embarcadero we don't want to be in conflict. we have been looking at improvements. we welcome folks to recommend short term changes. >> next question from e-mail. there is a long wait for the k trains during peak hours. i would like to see two car trains on all other lines separate to single cars and add more k service. use money to resolve this issue. >> i mentioned the 64 train cars is expansion to the 150 we have today. to lines kt and y up start
seeing two car trains and more shuttles to deal with the subway where they are the biggest. you will see three car trains. when the central subway goes into service at 2019. we will decouple. the k will be its open line going back and forth. that will help the k and t. we are using money. adding the 64 rail cars we want he have to find the money in the operating budget to support the trains. >> tom from twitter. what are you doing to plan for the future related to curb management as it related to loading commuter buses, bikes and autos. >> that is from someone who knows about transportation.
one of the tools we have is the curb. we don't regulate the big buses or we don't regulate private cars except at the curb. that will be key to the future of transportation, if it is a tonmus or not. we have a number of folks focused on rethinking how we have done pilots. we had the commuter subtle pie local now a program which was a different way to manage. we have so streetcar sharing and bike sharing. we are doing a lot as people change how much they drive around the city and park to shift more towards loading, commercial and passenger loading. it there is a lot of planning and singing about the future.
tom has been busy on twitter. he asks as development along folsom cut increases? what investments are we making to improve mass transit and bikes? >> there is a lot to talk about there. the increase in railcars will give us more service on the embarcadero. when the three car trains will give more service there. we have been working with the mayor and supervisor to add more muni bus service into the area. that is what we will propose as part of this. i think we will change the routes so it services that area. second street bike streetscape project is underway and will
provide good north south activity in the area. there are bike improvements in that area. this is a lot of investment that will be changing and reconfiguring the street to prioritize transit and walking and biking. they are seeing a lot of development. we need to prioritize these in a more efficient way. >> is it possible to add the all day sfmta on to clipper. if not right away is it possible to add it in the future rather than just on the mobile. >> yes in the future and no at the present. we welcome the question. i see him riding the bus all the time. the technology is old.
some of the oldest is the under lying clipper technology. we have been with the clipper program managed by a regional organization working with all different agencies. we have been working for a number of years to modernize the whole clipper system. the current schedule would have that modernization for two or three years. until that modernization happens we won't be able to make the changes such as the all day pass. we would love to get these on muni mobile and click per the technology is not there to support it. we have muni mobile today and we want to continue to use that as
a stopgap to bring in new fair products like the gay pass. on clipper would be the idea. >> what are the best ways to advocate for safety in my neighborhood? >> that is a great question. there are a lot of ways. if there are spot issues, meaning an intersection problematic, or across walk that needs restriped. those spot issues use 311. we are able to get a lot of information from the public and we send folks out when we get those issues, particularly if they are safety issues to try to address them. more generally, there are many organized community groups in san francisco and we participate in a lot of those meetings. participating in your local neighborhood group is a good way
to get your voice into the conversation. there are addvo cassie groups such as walk san francisco advocating for safety in the streets that is another way. the mta board and other public meeting also we hold are forums to communication. they can go to the website there are a lot of ways for people to provide input. we really want people in the neighborhoods to be advocates for safety in the neighborhood also. they know the issues and solutions. we strongly encourage people to get involved in any way that work was their schedule. >> this will be the easiest question. what are the different colors on the curbs for?
>> i think i know that one. whited for passenger loading. yellow commercial loading. blew handicapped parking only. you need a han handicapped placd or license plate. red means no parking and no stopping. muni zonesra red. don't stop in a muni zone. >> last question. when else can i make comments on the budget? >> the time is really now. go to takgo to takego sfmta the. the board will beholding another public hearing. that will be in two weeks on tuesday march 30th. march 20th.
the meeting starts at 1:00 p.m. at city hall. between now and then people should feel free to e-mail. from that point forward the next time we will be at the board is april 3rd. 1:00 p.m. at city hall. by then we will have developed our budget. we encourage folecks with ideas -- folks with ideas to use twitter, come to the board meeting to capture the feedback andincorporate as much as we can and bring a balanced budget to the board in april. >> well, i certainly heard a lot. thank you and thanks to everyone who chimed in with questions. the conversation continues as we get more budget related events.
check sfmta.com for more information on the process. thank you for watching. >> thank you for doing this. this is not your day job. we appreciate your service every day and thank you very much for doing this and for everyone who wrote in or e-mailed or was getting that e-mail or tweet ready, thank you very much for joining. >> one last question here. the only budget details provided so far relate to fares. how can the public comment on transit service change proposals that have not been written yet? subway service cannot be increased at peak times due to subway. >> i think i get where that question is coming from. we are finalizing proposed service changes.