June 9: Special SNA Senior Transportation Meeting

SNA is holding a special online meeting focused on current transportation options for seniors and people with disabilities.

  • Tuesday June 9th, 5-6 PM, via Zoom. Meeting link BELOW.

The meeting includes a short presentation by Cathy DeLuca of Community Living Campaign (CLC) followed by a question-and-answer time. Cathy has been working for safe streets in the city for many years, and is now bringing her knowledge and passion to CLC in service of seniors. Hosted by SNA President Kenneth Hollenbeck. CLC is the organization behind Sunnyside Community Connectors. More about the meeting:

How to Get Around During COVID-19 for Seniors and People with Disabilities

Getting around San Francisco is challenging for seniors and people with disabilities in the best of times, but during the COVID crisis, it’s hard to keep track of what the options are. Join Cathy DeLuca from Community Living Campaign to hear the latest about all your transportation options, including Muni, the Essential Trip Card program, Paratransit, and more!

Meeting information: SNA Senior Transportation Meeting
Time: Jun 9, 2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Continue reading “June 9: Special SNA Senior Transportation Meeting”

Muni update: Some service to be restored

Later this week, some additional Muni service will be restored, increases on Covid-19 cuts earlier this month.

Visit this page for details about which lines will see increased service and why. https://www.sfmta.com/blog/muni-updates-restoring-some-our-service

Sunnyside’s local buses (23, 36, 43) remain out of service for now.

Updated service map, in effect Sat Apr 25:

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Apr 27: Balboa Reservoir community meeting

The next meeting of the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee [BRCAC] will take place online on Monday April 27th (6-8 PM). The The meeting agenda is here. Meeting will include a review of the draft design guidelines and the future of the BRCAC, with the central topic being transportation. More about the BRCAC here.

Here are the instructions to join the Virtual CAC meeting:

  • Individuals who wish to watch this meeting can join from the Teams app or a web browser at: https://tinyurl.com/brcac0427 or click  Live captioning is available on the stream.
  • If Internet access is not available, you can listen to the meeting by dialing the toll free number: (866) 434-5269 and enter access code 8863144.
  • Comments or opportunities to speak during the public comment period are only available via phone by dialing the toll free number: (866) 434-5269 and enter access code 8863144. (There is no need to hang up and call again if you are already on the line and want to provide public comment on the next agenda item, you will be prompted with the same instructions over the phone).

The following is step-by-step instructions for commenting:

  1. DIAL the Toll-Free Number listed for the meeting (listing of meetings below).
  2. Enter the Access Code then press ‘#’.
  3. Press # again to join the meeting as a participant.
  4. When you hear that ‘you are connected to the meeting as a participant’: ▪ Stop and LISTEN ▪ Wait for Public Comment to be announced (by Item # or for General Public Comment)
  5. When the Clerk calls Public Comment, dial ‘1’ then ‘0’ to be added to the speaker line.
  6. When the system message says you will be notified when the speaker is ready for your question and to withdraw your question, press ‘1’ then ‘0’.’ – WAIT for your turn to speak.
  7. When the system message says ‘your line is unmuted, please ask your question after the tone [BEEP] ‘- THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE YOUR PUBLIC COMMENT after THE BEEP. (This is not a question-and-answer period, this is your time to provide a statement.)
  8. You will have the standard 2 minutes to provide your comments.
  9. Once your 2 minutes have ended, you will be moved out of the speaker line and back listening as a participant in the meeting (unless you disconnect).
  10. Participants who wish to speak on other items on the Agenda or for other comment periods may stay on the meeting line and listen for the Clerk’s next prompt.

Best Practices for Providing Public Comment at a Remote Meeting:

Thank you all for your continued engagement.

New senior resource from SFMTA: Essential Trip Card for reduced fare taxis

From SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA):

Source: https://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/accessibility/paratransit/essential-trip-card

Essential Trip Card: Helping Older Adults and People with Disabilities Navigate Reduced Muni Service

Muni is making necessary service reductions during the order to shelter-in-place. We know that for many people with disabilities and seniors, walking farther to an alternate bus — or paying for other transportation — isn’t possible. To serve this need, the SFMTA is announcing the Essential Trip Card (ETC) – a discount program to help seniors and people with disabilities make essential trips in taxis during this crisis.

The ETC will subsidize about two to three round trips by taxi per month for older adults (persons 65 and older) and people with disabilities. Eligible participants will pay 20% of the cost of a regular cab ride fare for essential trips. The program uses taxis to take people on essential trips like going to the grocery store, pharmacy or another necessary medical trip during the shelter-in-place period. Customers who pay $12 will receive $60 value for taxi trips on a debit card. Continue reading “New senior resource from SFMTA: Essential Trip Card for reduced fare taxis”

Changes in Muni service to have big impact on Sunnyside

As of this week, all three Muni buses (36, 43, 23) serving the Sunnyside neighborhood will cease to run. The 8-Bayshore and the 49-Van Ness/Mission will still operate on Ocean Ave, leaving from City College Station. The 44-O’Shaughnessy will be reduced to the eastern portion of its route, terminating in Glen Park. (BART continues to run Monday-Friday from 5am-9pm Saturday and Sunday from 8am-9pm.)

Full details on changes going into effect over the next three days, from SFMTA (see below line).

Some news reports:


SFMTA Prepares to Deliver Essential Trips Muni Service Only

Sunday, April 5, 2020

In the rapidly changing environment caused by COVID-19, the SFMTA is making additional updates to Muni service. While ridership has fallen significantly, our bus operators still serve approximately 100,000 passengers a day – getting nurses, cooks, custodians, and other essential workers to their jobs. The SFMTA has instituted some of the strongest health protections for our operators, mechanics, car cleaners and customers to minimize risk of transmission on our buses. These efforts have been paired with our continued effort to maintain regular service, so remaining essential workers have the space to maintain recommended distances on Muni. Continue reading “Changes in Muni service to have big impact on Sunnyside”