Tech Buses Will Operate in SF Permanently

first_img Tags: SFMTA • tech buses • transit Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% That will continue, though SFMTA staff are now recalculating how much the agency should raise that fee to pay for an expanded, permanent program, said Tom Maguire, who directs that program. Shuttle companies currently pay $3.66 for the day’s use of a single stop.Higher fees would cover the cost of hiring new staff to catch scofflaws and collecting better GPS data for tracking shuttle behavior. The fees will also pay for installing more prominent placards identifying the specific bus stops where shuttles are allowed to touch down, as well as any other associated construction work.As part of the new program, some companies will now be allowed to use the stops free-of-charge if they allow members of the public to ride for free. Maguire said that this would help nonprofit organizations, which had complained that they’d had trouble paying the fees.And to reign in pollution, all shuttles will have to be 2012 models or later.On Tuesday at City Hall, the room’s roughly seventy seats were filled to capacity before the meeting had even begun, and the grumbling newcomers stalked to another room to watch the meeting on television.No surprise there: The commuter shuttles, dubbed “tech buses” by their detractors, have been controversial for years. Many people had likely come in response to a call to arms circulated on Facebook by Cynthia Crews, activist for the Coalition for Fair, Legal and Environmental Transit. That group has sued the city, arguing that its shuttle-regulating program violates state traffic and environmental laws. The Facebook post urged people to show up and comment at the meeting, saying “Your testimony is vital to the public record and future legal action.” It then directed people to demand that the city gather comprehensive data about the shuttles’ environmental impacts, which the shuttles would then have to pay for mitigating. Indeed, public comments included requests that the city conduct a full environmental impact report — the board ultimately disagreed, exempting the program from that review.Some attendees praised the shuttles for making it easy to live in a city they loved.One woman, who said her name was Cori Camdon, said she regularly rode shuttles to work. “I would definitely have to drive if I didn’t have this.” It was the same thing that Supervisor Scott Wiener had said early in the meeting, in an impromptu appearance, to defend the shuttles as helping preserve air quality.But most people complained that the shuttles were a persistent nuisance in their neighborhoods, making commutes difficult for cars and bikes. People also said the shuttles blocked Muni buses from pulling into their designated stops.Theresa Flandrich spoke during public comment at Tuesday’s meeting.“I saw four of them on one corner within a 10 minute period, at Van Ness and Union,” said North Beach resident Theresa Flandrich, referring to the shuttles. In another instance, Flandrich said, she saw three shuttles parked back-to-back along Van Ness Avenue, making it impossible for the 49 bus to offload its passengers at the public bus stop.Alice Bierman, who lives in the Mission District, said that when the shuttles park near Mission High School they can force the 33 bus to let off its student passengers mid-block, in the street.Bierman also said the shuttles pose a massive inconvenience to seniors and the disabled. Bierman is visually impaired, and if a Muni bus must improvise to pick up passengers away from its official stop, she said, “I have no way to find it.”These comments challenged SFMTA’s findings, published in an October review of the program, which found that private shuttles blocked Muni buses from pulling into their stops in only 2.7 percent of observed cases. System-wide, this caused a cumulative delay of 83 minutes per day, the review estimated.Flandrich and others questioned those findings, because SFMTA had studied only a fraction of all bus stops. But Maguire said his staff had focused on the stops that received the most commuter shuttles.Many people suggested that SFMTA keep the shuttles from congesting the city streets by creating a single “hub” where the shuttles could wait to receive passengers, or by forcing the shuttles to pick up people on the city’s outskirts. But Hank Wilson, who works alongside Maguire, said the agency had already considered this. They couldn’t find locations where this would make sense, he said, calling the subsequent traffic impacts “unacceptable.”SFMTA will decide how high to raise its fees before the end of the year — and the potentially better program might result in fewer disgruntled residents. At a public meeting on Tuesday, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Board of Directors decided to make permanent City Hall’s 18-month pilot program regulating private shuttle companies, many of which carry tech-sector workers from their fog city doorsteps to their desks in Silicon Valley.The board’s decision was unanimous, despite widespread criticism from the meeting’s attendees.SFMTA staff are still tweaking the program in an effort to cut down on how much the shuttles impede public transit, cyclists and pedestrians, officials said. The city’s pilot program originally required private shuttle companies to pay a flat daily fee for every public bus stop they used for picking up or dropping off passengers.center_img 0%last_img read more

ROYCE Simmons is looking to get off to the best po

first_imgROYCE Simmons is looking to get off to the best possible start when Saints open their season ‘on the road’ at the Stobart Stadium on Friday.His side are unbeaten in their two engage Super League games so far and place their remarkable winning record over Warrington on the line when they take to the field.“History is just that for me,” Royce said. “More important is that we do give a good effort in our home game, especially our first one at Widnes.“We are trying to say to our fans this is our home ground for 12 months and we want you to come here and support us.“The fans have to buy into that but it is us that have to lead it, show a lot of energy and commitment early in the game and get them behind us, so they can jump on the back of it.”Warrington have not beaten Saints since 2001 and their winless run on their travels stretches back to 1994.But Royce thinks they will be an even tougher proposition this time round.“Warrington have been beaten in the past due to their attitude rather than their class – sometimes they must have been thinking, ‘oh no we are going to Knowsley Road where we lose.’“But I went watching the Warrington v Hull KR at the weekend and it was a good game of football with two big packs going at each other.“Warrington have got good finishing on the edges. They have got a good attacking kicking game. They hung in there and won the game.I know Hodgo [Brett Hodgson] – I know him back to front actually – and he was at his best finishing tries down the edges. He provided the final pass for two tries and scored the last one himself and kicked the winning goal.“Joel Monaghan regularly scores 20 tries in the NRL but half of them come from attacking kicks. He is dangerous and looked so the other day. Westwood terrorises people because he is so tough.“Warrington are a tough side – sprinkled with internationals and they won two Challenge Cups so we will have to be at our best.Saints will be without Leon Pryce or Gary Wheeler for the match but the return of Paul Wellens and James Graham looks more likely.“Leon tried to run in straight lines but he started to feel twinges with his groin injury so we told him to get off,” Royce added. “Gary Wheeler could not run in training earlier in the week so neither will play. Wellens got through non-contact training on Tuesday so that is promising. James Graham got through training so the medical staff are happy for him to play.”Tickets for Saints mouthwatering Super League XVI home opener with Warrington Wolves on Friday February 25 (8pm) are still on sale.This ALL TICKET encounter kicks off Saints’ home campaign at their temporary Widnes venue.The East Stand has sold out whilst Warrington have sold their allocation of West Stand tickets.Tickets will be available on matchday from the matchday Ticket Office window on Friday – North and South Stand tickets still remain.Tickets are now on sale from Saints Town Centre Store in the Church Square Shopping Centre and by calling 01744 455 050.You cannot buy tickets from Widnes’ ticket office during the week or via the Stobart Stadium’s phoneline.Tickets will be on sale from the Ticket Office from 4.30pm on Friday only at the Stobart.Please note, you can only enter the stand your ticket corresponds to. For example, if you have an East Stand ticket, you can’t use the North Stand turnstiles to access your seat.last_img read more

EVERY year hundreds of disadvantaged children acr

first_imgEVERY year, hundreds of disadvantaged children across St Helens and Wigan face a Christmas without gifts.To help combat this, St Helens College has pledged support to the 102.4 Wish fm Christmas Toy appeal.The annual campaign, which launched this week, asks the public to buy just one additional Christmas present to donate and help make a local child’s Christmas.Clare Webster, Head of Department for Health, Sports & Public Services, said: “Our Health and Social Care students and staff made hundreds of donations last year and by becoming a central collection point this year, we hope to smash that target.“There is absolutely no reason at all why a local child should have to go without a gift at Christmas and we are pledging our support to this campaign as we want to make a real difference in our local community. We need donations of new, unused gifts for children from babies to teens, toys or gift vouchers are perfect.”St Helens College Town Centre Campus, Water Street, St Helens is an official collection point. To make a donation, simply drop an unwrapped gift into reception.There tends to be a particular shortage of gifts for newborn babies and teenagers.The collection point closes on Tuesday December 16 at 4pm.last_img read more

Community First Team SAINTS TV

first_imgSuper League and the Rugby Football League (RFL) recently partnered with the national social care charity Community Integrated Care to form a ground-breaking inclusive sports programme for people with learning disabilities and autism.The ‘Community Integrated Care Learning Disability Super League’ gives people with learning disabilities the opportunity to play an adapted version of Rugby League, in a series of high-profile festivals and events. The programme aims to promote the development of skills, confidence and positive experiences for people with learning disabilities, and make a major statement about social inclusion.And fresh from the LDRL team gracing the Anfield turf at Dacia Magic Weekend, Louie and his Saints mates popped into the Totally Wicked Stadium to surprise our Saints Community Development Foundation’s LDRL team and he also caught up with huge Saints fan, John Paul – better known as ‘JP’!last_img read more

NCDOT Two Columbus County bridges to be replaced

first_img(Photo: MGN/Tony Magpantay) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The first of two bridges being replaced in eastern Columbus County will close Monday, October 9, as its replacement gets underway.The bridges are 62 years old and about two miles apart on Byrdville-Freeman Road, near Lena Dale Road in the Delco community.- Advertisement – Contract crews will close the bridge over Dan’s Creek next week. When they are finished by February 20, 2018, they’ll move onto replacing the span over Mills Creek.While it has remained safe, the Dan’s Creek bridge is structurally deficient, which increases maintenance costs, and it was built to standards no longer used today.The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded the Civil Works Contracting LLC of Wilmington a $904,565 contract for the work.Related Article: NCDOT project may be consequential for DublinerWhen the bridges are closed, drivers will detour onto Byrdville-Freeman, Livingston Chapel and Old Union roads.last_img read more

Man shot hospitalized after altercation at Saw Mill Apartments in Whiteville

first_imgWHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — An altercation led to a shooting on West Hay Street in Whiteville Monday afternoon. One man is now recovering after being injured during it.Whiteville Police Department says officers responded to Saw Mill Apartments for shots fired at 2:45 p.m. When officers arrived, they said there was no evidence of a shooting. As the officers cleared, Columbus Regional Health Center called WPD stating they did have a gunshot victim come into the E.R.- Advertisement – Suspect Malik Wilder and a juvenile suspect approached victim Darios Jones in the parking lot. An argument sparked over Jones sitting on a car in the parking lot that did not belong to him. Police say the juvenile suspect punched Jones in the face. Wilder then pulled a small caliber pistol from his belt and shot Jones in the hip. The two suspects fled in an unknown direction and Jones drove himself to the hospital. Warrants are being obtained on Malik Wilder and the juvenile was located in the parking lot by patrol officers.The juvenile was charged with assault. Police say there may be other charges pending the conclusion of this investigation.Jones is in stable condition at Columbus Regional Health.last_img read more

Florence could rival North Carolinas 1954 benchmark storm

first_img North Carolina has been hit by only one other Category 4 storm since reliable record keeping began in the 1850s. That was Hurricane Hazel in 1954. Hurricane Hugo made landfall in South Carolina as a Category 4 hurricane in 1989.In comparison, Florida, which is closer to the equator and in line with the part of the Atlantic where hurricanes are born, off the African coast, has had at least five hurricanes in the past century of Category 4 or greater, including Hurricane Andrew in 1992.Hazel’s winds were clocked at 150 mph (240 kph) at the North Carolina coast and kept roaring inland. They were only slightly diminished by the time the storm reached Raleigh, 150 miles (240 kilometers) inland. Nineteen people died in North Carolina. The storm destroyed an estimated 15,000 buildings.Related Article: Carolina Beach offers site for residents to dump yard debris“Hazel stands as a benchmark storm in North Carolina’s history,” said Jay Barnes, author of books on the hurricane histories of both North Carolina and Florida. “We had a tremendous amount of destruction all across the state.”Twelve hours after its landfall, Hazel was in Buffalo, New York, and had ripped through seven states with winds still swirling at 100 mph (160 kph) or more.Few people have experienced the ferocity of a storm like Hazel, which also was blamed for at least 60 deaths in Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York state.Jerry Helms, 86, was on his honeymoon on a barrier island off the North Carolina coast when Hazel hit on the evening of Oct. 14, 1954. He and his new bride had been to a roller skating rink and missed the evacuation warnings from police officers who went door to door.Hazel obliterated all but five of 357 buildings in the beach community now known as Oak Island. The Helmses barely survived.As the storm crashed ashore, they abandoned their mobile home for a two-story frame house. Before long, it was collapsing under the waves and “the house was falling in, and all the furniture was falling out through the floor,” Helms recalled Monday.He thought the roof of a neighboring cinderblock house might be safer, but soon a big wave went over that house. When the wave went out, the house was gone, Helms said.“There was another house — a wooden house that was coming down the road more or less — and it had some guy in that thing and he’s hollering for help,” he said.Helms pushed a mattress through the top-floor window, and they hung on as it bobbed in the raging water.What lessons is he applying now that a similarly powerful hurricane is coming?“I didn’t feel like it was going to be bad enough to leave,” Helms said. “I don’t know. I just felt better about staying here than I did leaving.”He doesn’t have a safer destination in mind and, having recently broken ribs in a fall, Helms fears getting stuck as thousands abandon the coast.Meanwhile, Aida Havel and her husband, John, made preparations Monday to evacuate their home in the Outer Banks village of Salvo, where they’ve lived for about a year. They are heading about 200 miles (320 kilometers) inland to their former hometown of Raleigh, where Hurricane Fran hit in 1996. Fran took a similar inland path to what forecasters predict for Florence.“I had a tree that smashed my car down in my driveway,” Aida Havel said. “Even though that was 22 years ago, I have never gotten over it.”The throngs of vehicles heading inland demonstrate the big difference between Hazel’s impact and the damage Florence could cause, Barnes said.“Today, we have thousands and thousands of permanent residents on our barrier beaches,” he said. “It’s a totally different scenario with regard to human impact.” RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The last time the midsection of the East Coast stared down a hurricane like this, Dwight Eisenhower was in the White House and Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were newlyweds.Hurricane Florence could inflict the hardest hurricane punch North Carolina has seen in more than 60 years, with rain and wind of more than 130 mph (209 kph).- Advertisement – last_img read more

Old canoes surface disappear again at Lake Waccamaw

first_img Tuesday afternoon Chavis was out fishing with his son on Lake Waccamaw. Another couple found a canoe near Big Creek on the sandbar inside the state park, thinking that it might be a Native American artifact. They told Chavis and his son to see for themselves, because they are also Native American.“My son said, ‘Daddy, the boat’s drifting away!’ I said, ‘Well go catch, get it, hold it up!’” Chavis said. “And when he walked over there from us he stepped up on a 21-foot hauled up, big canoe.”Chavis thought long and hard about pulling the mysterious boat out, but decided not to, because he felt it was not fair to take what is not his. And now they have disappeared again.Related Article: 8 arrested in protest over toppled Confederate statue at UNCChavis was told that if the canoes are rediscovered, the state archaeologist will have to act quickly.“You gotta put it in some kinda chemical for months and months at a time where it won’t shrink,” Chavis said. “See if you take it out of the water it’s gonna shrink and fade away.”Chavis believes this is no coincidence, and that whatever happens is what God intended.“Maybe we’ll find it,” Chavis said. “I don’t know, ’cause we looked for it yesterday, me and my son. We looked back for it yesterday for two and a half hours. It might be gone back to the deep.”Fort Fisher Historic Site asks that if you do find these canoes again, do not try to pull them out or touch them. Contact the NC Underwater Archaeology Branch at Fort Fisher instead at (910) 251-7320. LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WWAY) — All kinds of stuff can surface in lakes, but have you ever stumbled upon a piece of history?A few canoes appeared earlier this week at Lake Waccamaw. Right now the origin of these boats is unknown, and they seem to have disappeared again. But James Chavis, who found one of the boats, swears that this is no accident; this is God’s work.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Police identify charge man shot at Burger King

first_img22-year-old Rodney Donnell Hansley, Jr. was shot by a New Hanover County Sheriff’s Detective on 6/27/19.(Photo: NC Department of Public Safety) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police have identified and charged a man shot by a New Hanover County Sheriff’s Detective Thursday.Rodney Donnell Hansley Jr., 22, is charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver, and maintaining a vehicle for the distribution and selling of drugs.- Advertisement – WPD says the shooting happened when the detective was trying to stop Hansley during a drug investigation around 1:30 pm in the Burger King parking lot off S. 3rd Street. Police say Hansley was also wanted for felony interfering with an electronic device.According to the NC Department of Public Safety, Hansley is a fugitive who absconded from probation/parole supervision. Hansley was convicted in 2017 of numerous charges, including possession charges. He was released from prison in July.Sheriff Ed McMahon has requested the Wilmington Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division work with the SBI to investigate the incident, in order to maintain transparency.Related Article: Police announce arrest in 1996 Wilmington rape casePolice say Hansley was released from New Hanover Regional Medical center a little while ago and transported to the New Hanover County Jail.No one else was injured during the shooting. No charges have been filed against Hansley at this time.last_img read more

Hollands Shelter Creek almost ready to reopen

first_img The restaurant had been open for 37 years and survived Hurricane Floyd but flooded again during Florence. Owner Stephen Holland didn’t know if he would be able to afford to rebuild the local honky tonk.Fortunately, with the help of a former customer, Holland found a new spot in Holly Ridge.“So we worked something, and I bought up the property, and I gave them part of the business and we started going to town, and this is how far we’ve made it,” Holland said. “In the next two or three weeks, we’ll be open to the public again.”Related Article: Julian Castro joins McDonald’s strikers in North CarolinaHolland was able to save some of the decorations from the old location, but had to replace some of the wildlife.He hopes to be open before the end of July. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings HOLLY RIDGE, NC (WWAY) — A local restaurant is getting ready to reopen after being closed for ten months.Holland’s Shelter Creek was completely flooded during Hurricane Florence and had to be torn down.- Advertisement – last_img read more