San Francisco County Tax Assessor and former District 4 supervisor Carmen Chu addressed the Muni board on Sept. 20.
Story and photos by Thomas K. Pendergast
A plan by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni) to add 15 new boarding islands along the L-line railway on Taraval Street, while also removing nine stops, was unanimously approved by its board of directors on Sept. 20.
The plan would also include transit-only lanes between 15th and 46th avenues, and a six-month “pilot program” of using only paint, signage and lights at some stops. This is all in an effort to reduce the number of that line’s riders from getting hit as they get on and off the train, after a five-year study showed that 22 people were hit by cars while exiting or boarding light rail cars on Taraval St. in that time.
But many neighbors and merchants in the area organized to oppose the plan after it was announced a year ago, and they were not pleased when the board rejected their request to include more of the plan as a “pilot program” instead of implementing it outright starting next January.