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Forest Hill, New York

atomberea commenting on a photo of Forest Hill Station.

I’ve always felt the Forest Hill Station is the most New-York-Subway-looking of MUNI stations.

In at least one case Forest Hill Station did double for a New York Subway station. In the opening scene of the movie Milk, one of the stairways stood in for the New York subway station where Harvey Milk met Scott Smith before they moved to San Francisco together.

It originally looked even more like an old-school east coast subway station when it opened in the 1930s. What we see today is a 1970s remodel.

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Not every decision for the Central Subway had to be made up front. There was a lot of engineering and design that had to be done for the subway and the stations, but to do on top of them was left for another day. Now that construction is in full swing it’s time to settle what’s going on top of Chinatown Station.

The design for the Chinatown station itself was approved with a transit-oriented development to complement it in mind. In determining what to build above the station, The City opened the process to community groups that conducted surveys and various meetings.

"We looked at housing and business, but at the end of the day, what the community wanted — and they were probably right — was to have a park and enjoy the sunshine," said John Funghi, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Central Subway program director.

San Francisco’s Chinatown is the densest neighborhood in the country outside of New York’s Chinatown, with only four open-space places — heavily trafficked Portsmouth Square, the Willie “Woo Woo” Wong and Woh Hei Yuen playgrounds, and St. Mary’s Square, which is slated to get a rooftop park extension in exchange for two new office towers on the rise.

The Chinatown station plaza is an opportunity to create a fifth spot, Recreation and Park Commissioner Allan Low said.

The park also provides open space for natural sunlight for reach down further into the station through the skylights. SFMTA intends to schedule a public present a the new plaze design within the next month.

Renderings: SFMTA via SF Examiner

SFMTA has good news today the next generation fleet of light-rail vehicles.

It’s official: the Muni light rail fleet of the future is on its way. Today, Mayor Lee awarded Siemens a contract to manufacture 175 new light rail vehicles for Muni, with the option to order an additional 85. The new cars will start arriving in 2016, and they’ll make Muni Metro more reliable, more comfortable and safer for the growing number of people who ride it.

Muni currently has 151 trains, but only about 110 make it into service each day because the rest are under going maintenance. Several of those are on long term disability awaits parts or having some damage repaired. There will not only be more of these new cars, the Siemens S200 SF is the latest version of a Siemens LRV model that has proven track record of reliability and lower maintenance.

The new cars will be good-looking, too. The rendering [above] shows the three options for the car design, and Siemens has put together some cool videos showing the cars in action. Muni riders will help us select the exterior design and the final interior layout.

Our pick for the exterior is the “The Skyline” shown in red. Here’s our pitch for it: the dark sides and thick colored stripe that lines up with the platform makes it look a little shorter and less imposing. What do you think?

One of the interior options in the video includes bike parking. With a larger fleet and a more open interior, maybe Muni Metro will finally the room to allow bikes.

Rendering: Siemens via SFMTA

SFMTA has good news today the next generation fleet of light-rail vehicles.

It’s official: the Muni light rail fleet of the future is on its way. Today, Mayor Lee awarded Siemens a contract to manufacture 175 new light rail vehicles for Muni, with the option to order an additional 85. The new cars will start arriving in 2016, and they’ll make Muni Metro more reliable, more comfortable and safer for the growing number of people who ride it.

Muni currently has 151 trains, but only about 110 make it into service each day because the rest are under going maintenance. Several of those are on long term disability awaits parts or having some damage repaired. There will not only be more of these new cars, the Siemens S200 SF is the latest version of a Siemens LRV model that has proven track record of reliability and lower maintenance.

The new cars will be good-looking, too. The rendering [above] shows the three options for the car design, and Siemens has put together some cool videos showing the cars in action. Muni riders will help us select the exterior design and the final interior layout.

Our pick for the exterior is the “The Skyline” shown in red. Here’s our pitch for it: the dark sides and thick colored stripe that lines up with the platform makes it look a little shorter and less imposing. What do you think?

One of the interior options in the video includes bike parking. With a larger fleet and a more open interior, maybe Muni Metro will finally the room to allow bikes.

Rendering: Siemens via SFMTA

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Caltrain Electric Train Survey →

Caltrain is going electric and getting ready to order new electric train sets. There are a few things that have already been decided, the new trains will have completely level boarding and be ADA accessible, but there’s a lot of other decisions to be made which riders can weigh in on.

sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

Parking Spaces To Be Turned Into Open Space For Annual Park(ing) Day →

Happy Park(ing) Day everyone!

Going outboundForest Hill Station, Forest Hill

Going outbound

Forest Hill Station, Forest Hill

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Mixed Media - Abstract Transit Art (Paint On Sticker On Glass)

Hopefully that’s paint.

Mixed Media - Abstract Transit Art (Paint On Sticker On Glass)

Hopefully that’s paint.

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SFMTA Launches a Smarter Safe Streets Ad Campaign →

The SFMTA has launched a new ad campaign called “Safe Streets SF” that takes the most thoughtful approach to addressing the causes of pedestrian injuries of any city campaign thus far.

The ads have started rolling out on Muni buses. One depicts cars stopped in front of a busy, unmarked crosswalk, with the text, “It Stops Here.” A side panel says “all intersections are crosswalks” — a message aimed at combating the misconception that crosswalks aren’t legal unless they’re marked.

SFMTA safety ad

“We’ll be targeting the driver violations of pedestrian rights-of-way that are responsible for nearly two-thirds of all pedestrian collisions,” said SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin at an agency board meeting yesterday. “We’re trying not to just put random ads out there, but to really be thoughtful and strategic about what behaviors that we’re targeting.”

blog.sfgate.com

The Mayor Takes a Ride On Muni →

The last time a Mayor asked residents to invest in Muni was in 2007. The voters passed Proposition A and the money was used to balance the SFPD budget, with a 10% Muni service cut following two years later.

Earlier this year Mayor Ed Lee’s budget took about about $10 million out of SFMTA budget to pay for free parking on Sundays.

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