TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT
The SFMTA has decided to make a pilot program allowing free median parking along a stretch Dolores Street permanent, the Ex reports. Though informally allowed for years, as the numerous religious venues in the area said they needed the dispensation for their congregants, the so-called "parking for god" will now be formally allowed before 6 p.m. on Sundays. Those who take advantage of the weekend boon needn't be attending services, however, as the now-legit spots are open to everyone.
Muni riders will have a little more breathing room during their rides, as the SFMTA Board Tuesday agreed to extend the expiration time of a Muni transfer from 90 minutes to two hours. "Cash fares are increasing again," an organization called the San Francisco Transit Riders said via press release (I've uploaded it for you here), "and given that it can sometimes take more than 90 minutes for a one-way trip on Muni, we asked SFMTA to consider adding 30 additional minutes to the transfer to ensure riders can get to their final destination without having to pay twice.”
A pedestrian struck by the driver of a Google bus as she crossed the street is suing the search giant, the Merc reports, saying that the company has offered no compensation even though she says she had the right of way. 83-year-old Manning Yeung Tam had the green light and the "walk" signal as she crossed a North Beach intersection, but the driver of a Google bus making a turn struck her, pulling her beneath the vehicle. It took the intervention of several witnesses to save her, police say, as the driver said he hadn't realized he'd hit anyone. When an attorney for Tam approached Google seeking compensation for her medical bills, the company didn't respond, leading to the suit.