Committee to Save Geary Boulevard transit corridor
launches web site
By Brigid Gaffikin, Bay City News Service
April 3, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Community opposition to a proposed
bus corridor on Geary Boulevard, which runs almost the length
of San Francisco, from the Richmond District to Market Street
downtown, has heated up with the launch of a Web site by the community
group The Committee to Save Geary Boulevard.
The group wants "to help rally opposition" to the city's
planned changes to the area, which include dedicated bus lanes,
bus priority at traffic signals and greater integration of San
Francisco Municipal Railway's No. 38 bus line, which runs along
Geary Boulevard, into the area's transit network.
Construction on the project would begin in 2010 at the earliest,
according to the San Francisco County Transportation Authority's
Geary Boulevard project Web site.
"There is really no need for (a) light rail," said
David Heller, president of the Greater Geary Boulevard Merchants
Association and a member of the Save Geary Boulevard Committee,
and who has been part of the neighborhood for 20 years.
Rather, the project is supported by people who don't actually
live or work in the neighborhood, he said.
Local merchants fear the corridor and the construction activity
associated with it will damage local businesses, he explained.
The corridor plan also makes no provision for adequate parking,
A survey of some 30 local merchants indicated that all are concerned
about the loss of parking in the neighborhood if the transit corridor
goes ahead, according to Heller.
The project "will be defeated in the ballot," if it
needs to be taken that far, he added.
A spokeswoman for the San Francisco County Transportation Authority
could not immediately be reached for comment.
The Committee to Save Geary Boulevard's new Web site is: http://www.savegearyblvd.com.
Information about the proposed corridor is available at the Web
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