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torres present. director rubke will not be at today's meeting. item 3, please be advised that the ringing of electronic dev e devices are prohibited. anybody who is responsible for one going off may be asked to leave the room. item 4, approval of the minutes. >> any public comment on the minutes? no, seeing none, public comment closed. motion to approve? all in favor aye. any opposed? hearing none, minutes are aprv proved -- approved. >> item 6, introduction of new or unfinished business by board members. >> chair brinkman: right into the election of officers. nomination for chair. >> i would like to nominate
malcolm heinicke. any other nominations? hearing none, we'll go to public comment on the nomination of malcolm heinicke as chair. any public comment? seeing none, public item is closed. all in favor? congratulations! i'll just say, malcolm, i know you're going to be a fantastic chair. i'm sure you all realize malcolm is the longest serving director on this board. so he has fantastic experience and has been such an asset. i'm pleased to say the meeting is yours, chair heinicke.
>> vice chair heinicke: thank you very much. i will say a few things throughout the meeting. some will focus on not so positive things that need to be addressed, but let me start with the one positive thing. the service of cheryl brinkman. the only good news to come out of you stepping down, i'll still get to work with you, because you remain a chair. the amount of effort and energy and passion this woman has put into her term as chair has been remarkable. as your colleague, i'm very grateful. >> thank you very much. >> vice chair heinicke: i will entertain nominations for vice chair. >> i would like to nominate director borden. i'll call for public comment on the nomination of director borden for the position of vice
chair. seeing none, public comment. okay. >> hi, my name is melody and i hope you can do a good job and bless you. >> well said. any other public comment? seeing none, all those in favor of director borden for vice chair? confirming it was unanimous. we will move on. congratulations, vice chair borden. anything you would like to say. >> i want to thank my colleagues for giving me the opportunity to be vice chair of the board. i look forward to working with you all in -- we have a big agenda. a lot of things to do as many know. there are a lot of challenges that we need to face with the agency that are great challenges to have in terms of great ridership and people wanting to use our system. and demanding we do a better job, we have to and we will.
i look forward to working with you. i want to also congratulate director brinkman for having been a great steward of this board. i want to thank you for your leadership. >> thank you, vice chair borden. >> back to the introduction of new or unfinished business. board members, any new or unfinished business? >> i have a couple of things. first i want to make sure we adjourn in honor of raymond joseph patrick murphy who passed away on january 3rd. he was a self-made san franciscan. he was an irish builder here in san francisco and will be missed by many. i want to make sure we recognize him. >> without objection, that will be done. thank you very much. >> the other item -- i look forward to hearing about the
chariot, the opportunity to be able to hire those drivers into our force. i look forward to seeing a report at some point of how that outreach is going and what is a direct match of the existing drivers in terms of licenses and what it might take to get the other drivers and how fast we can make that happen in the h.r. process. >> they're already familiar with the red lane, as i like to say. [laughter] director brinkman? >> just a quick shoutout to the staff and the volunteers from organizations that went out to the opening day of the valencia street protected bike lanes in front of the schools, the pilot project got on the ground so quickly. it was working out really well. i volunteered with the bike coalition on the very first day that the lanes were open and the students were back and it seemed to be going well. the staff and the parents were so happy to see our pcos out there, school crossing guards
and volunteers out there remi reminding cyclists to take carry. mr. maguire, i want to complement you on the work your staff did. the accelerated timeline on that project meant a lot of long hours from the staff who worked on that. they were working nights and weekends. they were happy to see it, the cyclists and the parents so happy to see it. i want to acknowledge i recognize how long and hard they had to work. all the new protected bike lanes are great. i was out riding them in the rain, thank you so much. >> any new or unfinished business. >> director torres: i want to revisit or have staff communicate with me regarding the reasons that this station was put at randall street and glen park when there seems to be substantial opposition. >> can you designate someone to
take that up. if it is not taken up to your satisfaction or the board needs a briefing, please request that. this is an ongoing issue of concern for this board. >> thank you very much. >> mr. chairman, you do have a member of the public who wishes to address items on this topic that don't relate to the election of chair or vice chair >> please call that member. good afternoon, mr. toronto, welcome back. >> it's been a while. i had to get a little sleep to come here, because i went to the airport commission meeting this morning. i worked until 4 in the morning, i couldn't go home and get back here, but i got a little shut eye. i want to congratulate you on
your chairmanship. i want to address what director borden mentioned about the jobs for muni drivers. how about offering them to cab drivers where you have our records and background checks? why is it only the chariot? and we work with a variety of different passengers. why can't you offer it to us, because a lot of us are going to lose our jobs at the end of the month if this plan goes into effect. if you want to understand why, we'll address it during public comment. it would be great if the chariot drivers, who are relatively new to the city, we got equal access to the muni jobs that are vacant. >> thank you, mr. toronto, excellent idea. you're not the only one that hadet. thank you for sharing it. i don't think there is any other public comment on that issue. we will move onto the director
report. >> thank you, i'll be presenting the first item of recognition from the podium. if i may suggest that the remaining reports can follow at the end of the agenda. >> absolutely, please. we had coordinated walkup music for you, but sfgovtv said we couldn't do that, so imagine cold play, playing as you walk down there. [laughter]. there you go. >> it is my pleasure to offer special recognition to janice yuen. i'd ask janice to join me here. janice leads special events as part of the communications division. a keep member of the marketing team.
she has been with the sfmta for 21 years and her work is key to programs that help motivate our employees and promote agency connection to our local communities. she's a linchpin to organizing events, such as the safe drivers award, where we celebrate drivers who have been driving safely 15 years or more, the heritage weekend, pride bell ringing. one thing you may not know, for the past ten years, janice has run the agency combined charities, heart of the city for stm, which encourages our staff to donate to the campaign every year. working with our director of human resources dawn elson, who is your executive chair, janice organizes to take an approach to fundraising. this year, through the amazing efforts to mobilize so many
people across the agency, our combined charities campaign met and exceeded our agency goal by 10%. the campaign raised $142,000. excuse me -- $156,000, even bigger, in pledges from sfmta staff across the agency, which is 15% increase over the 2017 campaign. a lot of the thanks goes to the coordinators and captains. it's janice that pulls it all together. i worked with janice for six years and she's a great contributor to the sfmta family. she's incredibly effective at getting colleagues engaged and involved and helping make our agency an outstanding place to work. i'm very pleased. offer you, janice, this award. >> thank you. [applause]
>> i will note, many of the team members. -- many of our team members are here to celebrate. >> if you are here to celebrate janice, please stand up. when they announced the goal, i have to say i was nervous. i would like to acknowledge the volunteers, the campaign capt n captains who fund raised and the satellite offices. they brought their hearts, hands and minds to the project. they learned a lot. we learned a new data entry
system for inputting pledges. we learned that learning curves are hard. we collaborated with other colleagues and learned that pork buns sell well. we also learned that our colleagues will buy hand crafted jewelry and pizza, but not necessarily simultaneously. and that friday afternoons are a great way to have popcorn and fun. we learned and affirmed that we as an agency can do amazing things when we work together. with a little faith and a lot of hard work, we were able to exceed our goal and help supports hundreds of nonprofit organizations for those in need. so it's been a blessing for me to serve alongside with all of captains and all of those who pledged. with ethough that -- we know that people only give when asked. i'm thankful for those who said yes. with those of you in communications, will you please stand up and those associated with the project please stand up, because you did all this
cover ground that director brinkman already covered. this fall, this board and the mayor challenged us to get a number of high-profile bike lane protected projects out on the street. the last to get done was valencia, but it followed townsend street and howard street and we were pleased to cut the ribbon last week with supervisor kim on her last day in office. we were very excited to get the valencia street protected bike lane pilot in place before the first day of school at the friends school and we're happy to get the townsend street lane done before the holidays. so using our in-house resources in creative ways, to make reality on the streets. that will be a theme you'll continue to see in calendar year 2019 from our division. that project delivering
engineering is probably the most ambitious part of your vision zero strategy. wanted to provide updates we have made many of the ambitious decisions that this board made in the fall of 2018, are already reality on the street, the first week of 2019. >> chair heinicke: thank you very much. >> moving on, i want to mention as i said, i'm acting for director riskin today who is at the annual board meeting in washington d.c. the director is participating in the annual meeting of the national city of transportation officials this week. and a meeting with legislative staff from senator feinstein and house speaker nancy pelosi's offices. i'll continue on. i'm sad to report that last night, as some of you may be
aware, last night at approximately 9:35 p.m., we had a very unfortunate incident occur in the subway at van ness station. san francisco police department is currently investigating the incident, but based on preliminary information it appears a woman entered the station, climbed over the railing at the mezzanine area above the trackway and fell onto the outbound track. there were no trains present at the time of the fall and all the trains were held outside the station afterwards. once the scene was actually secured, we had an sfmta employee enter the trackway and initiate emergency cpr until the fire department was able to arrive and take over. train service was stopped from embarcadero to castro. we started owl service early and supplemented that with bus shuttles in order to keep
passengers with the least amount of convenience possible. this is a situation that is still under police investigation. that will take some time. i want to thank those who were able to get on the scene quickly and start to, you know, address this very difficult situation, including the station agent, security personnel, the inspector, the control center staff and all those up into the night working to manage the situation. i want to move on to construction projects that are coming up. in anticipation of the opening of the chase center, the sfmta is about to construct a new wider 320-foot long center platform along third street between south and 16th street. work has already been going on, on this project, but the next phase actually will be a more
extensive and impactful construction effort. the next phase requires us to extend bus substitution starting on tuesday, january 22nd through the end of march. so during this period of time, the t third will not run and buses will substitute that service. we put out a plan that includes a tremendous amount of ambassador support and signage support to make sure our customers are aware and we're taking all the recommendations and less ande and and lessoned learned on the twin peak tunnel. we included the signs that hang within the subway. communication has been ongoing with supervisors and community members about the project. construction will include quite a bit, it includes installing not only the constructing the
platform and tracks, overhead contact system will be replaced. below-ground utility work is also part of the work, as well as the canopy and concrete. while the service resumes at the end of march, the mission bay platform will not reopen until april. in addition to the bay platform project, we have smaller projects going on, including the church street inbound elevator, which is about to undergo construction starting next monday. that elevator will be out of service for ten weeks while the work is done. wheelchair users will be directed to the elevators at castro and van ness or f line streetcar service. this is one of the projects that is part of the muni elevator modernization safety project where we're replacing 11 older
elevators. this is the second project to go. that entire body of work is anticipated to take about four years and it started last year. and then finally we have a couple of utility cabinet that are undergoing work. i mentioned this because it does require trenching around the church street market into both areas where we're installing underground electrical equipment that will help essentially reduce the power outages and shutdowns that occur for the j. church line. hopefully, this work will make sure this is more reliable. and that concludes my report. >> chair heinicke: thank you. directors, any questions for director hsu before we go to public comment? seeing none, i have a few, if i may ask. on the van ness incident, thank
you for the report and the speed of the report, getting it to us that quickly. two questions. i assume that we're going to do what we can to counsel the employees, particularly the station agent involved to make sure there is no lasting damage to that person and thank them for their quick service. i assume also we're going to look at the barrier and revisit whether the barrier needs to be change or what safety upgrades need to be made to the station? >> noted and we'll make sure that the counseling is on the list. that is under discussion as well as evaluation of the circumstances around the area. >> chair heinicke: then asking what is a very object obvious question, i'll asket, on the bus substitution for the t-third line will that have affect on other bus service or the ability to put coaches out on the other lines? >> we're making every effort to ensure that is not -- that
service remains at the level we expect it to for the rest of the city. i will note that 83 and e line service will be cancelled during this period so the operators can be used to support service to ensure it doesn't come from other areas of the city. >> chair heinicke: at the risk of stating the obvious, if there is affect on other bus lines, better to know sooner than later, better to be transparent and communicate it to the riders in advance so they can make plans accordingly. public comment on the director's report? >> the only person to turn in a speaker card, this is restricted to topics that were just discussed by acting director hsu. >> mr. winer, welcome back. >> the question of chariot, was that addressed by the board in this report? i came in late?
>> chair heinicke: it was not. >> i simply wanted to compliment the board on the possibility that the chariot riders will be hired by mta. i think it's a good move. i hope they get the benefit. and i wish everyone well in this endeavor. >> chair heinicke: okay. even though you were off topic, since you complimented us, we'll allow it. [laughter]. anyone else on the director's report? okay. moving on to item number 8. >> citizens advisory council report. there is not a report today. moving onto item 9, opportunity for the members of the public to address the board, not on today's agenda. >> how many cards do you have? >> 17. >> okay, two minutes for public comment. that two minutes is a maximum. it's not a requirement. with that said, please call the first few cards.
>> i'm mark -- >> chair heinicke: welcome back. nice to see you. >> i'm a prop k medallion holder and full-time driver for 30 years. although i'm sympathetic to the hardships prop a medallion holders are going through and believe quicker access to the airport could possibly improve their income, the taxi industry cannot afford to pay for the mistakes this agency has made with the medallion sales program. imposing restrictions on 60% of the taxi industry that already is in short supply will not s e
safe -- save the industry nor pay off the loans you owe to the credit union. all medallions should be allowed to service the airport. a lot of people still prefer taxis instead of what we call scab cabs such as uber and lyft. instead of helping us to be more reliable and compete with 50,0050,000 roaming our streets, it will make it harder for the riding public to get a taxi and it will eliminate more customers. i urge all of you to reject his proposals. [bell ringing] the only way to co-exist with the unfair competition we're faced with today, and make the taxi industry prosperous again is to achieve a level playing field in the transportation for higher market. from mayor newsom to mayor
breed, no effort has been made in that direction. i think it's about time to stop ignoring the elephant in the room. thank you. >> chair heinicke: thank you. you are always articulate. may i just take a moment and say, how many of you are here in public comment to voice something similar to what mr. fonseca said? okay and how many are you aware of the memorandum that kate issued revising the proposals. so some, okay. you understand there has been a significant revision off of what this board adopted. i just wanted to make sure everyone is on the same page. we'll continue with public comment. well, you're -- so...
>> and the board can't discuss an item not on -- >> chair heinicke: i'm not allowed to go off agenda, but i wanted to make sure that this memo had been issued. we'll continue with the public comment. next speaker, please. >> thank you. speaking as a long time san francisco are the and muni rider, i wanted to share with you a perception i've developed over the years, that sfmta is not addressing the severe problems muni faces with anything close to the urgency that they demand. muni shares the same fate that the taxi industry is currently confronting. one anecdote that i'll share with you, but it's one that i've experienced multiple times, today, coming here for this meeting, i waited more than 30
minutes to catch the k. when it finally came, it still got held up at multiple intersections, red lights at multiple intersections for trivial minor streets. when we get to where the k turns from ocean, the signals let the cars go through the intersection first. the k has to wait until after that. a violation of the most literal sense of the charter transit first mandate. that is one example of chronic ongoing problems that muni is facing. they've identified solutions to that, but they are not getting implemented. why does it matter? [bell ringing] in san francisco and elsewhere, transit is losing ridership. the resources board is saying unless it's reduced, they have
no hope of meeting greenhouse gas emission targets. i implore you in the coming year to swiftly and systemically address these chronic ongoing problems. >> chair heinicke: thank you very much. next speaker. welcome back. >> congratulations, sir. mr. heinicke. i'm here to address this whole question of the debt of all these new medallion holders. and we had a town hall meeting in this room about three or four weeks ago. and a suggestion was made by me that possibly there could be a settlement. and the settlement would be that the mta would pay down the purchase of these medallions by
$125,000. now that might sound like a lot of money, but if this lawsuit is successful, it's going to cost the mta approximately $160 million. if you manage to do a paydown and all you need is in the offices, the good offices of the city, a mediator, to look at this issue before you go to the extreme measures of killing the taxi industry here, which we need very badly. when i addressed this issue, it appeared -- [bell ringing] -- that the drivers that were here -- and there were a lot on that day, seemed that they might accept that offer.
and i urge you to pursue something. i know the mayor is hopping mad about this. and so there is a possibility of, through the mayor, through mediator, doing something. because otherwise there will be no taxi industry in the city. thank you. >> chair heinicke: thank you. next speaker. >> thank you, congratulations, chair heinicke, vice chair borden. with the taxi workers alliance and the san francisco coalition. in the past few years, i and other drivers have been through sacramento a number of times to lobby on behalf of cab drivers against special privileges for über and lyft. in visits to legislators office, we were told instead of asking tncs to be regulated, why don't
you ask the taxi regulations to be relaxed. regulation is necessary. regulation is good. it affords needed protections to the worker. without it we have a race to the bottom. that's where we are now. the regulation must be fair, evenhanded. these rules are not. they're one sided, heavy-handed and ill conceived. you're picking sides. choosing winners and losers. that is not a legitimate function of regulation. it's an abuse of power, strangulation. medallion holders who purchase medallions need help, but this is not the way. give them their money back. get a fresh start on a broken medallion system. regarding this current plan, send it back to -- [bell ringing] -- drawing board.
if you need a vote to do that, take it up at the special meeting of january 29. because starting february 1, we drivers, medallion holders and cab companies and ultimately the public will be paying the price for your mistakes. thank you. >> chair heinicke: next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, chairman heinicke and directors. i really didn't want to miss the meeting. i missed others because it's hard for me to make this meeting. but i had to be here how disappointing and upsetting it is for me to lose my job. sunday, monday, and tuesday, particularly, the slower nights, the city is not as busy. she did no studies. she has no evidence. she just says words. mr. trump said similar words.
i don't know what side you're on, but i do not like lies and i do not like people giving information without showing evidence just to improve their position. you've shown empathy for us, but other times destroying the cab industry. this is the nail in the coffin to the taxi industry. there is a lot of questions that have not been answered. kate toran cancelled the meeting last week where we can get questions answered. we don't know how this is going to be implemented. they said they made major changes to the plan, but it's not major when you're giving privileges to the purchased medallions and putting us in the back of the line and it could be an extra hour or two before we get out. that maybe one or a second trip out. [bell ringing] as other people discussed, there could be
shortage of cabs and i'm not working and others are not working that know how to work the airport and not there, then you have a shortage of cabs. so it creates a problem. i don't think we want to send them to the other side. people are starting to come back to us. don't do this. give us time, because the uber and lyft drivers are squeezed due it the rate changes. [bell ringing]. >> i hope you can understand. >> chair heinicke: thank you. mr. rath bone, welcome back. >> good afternoon directors, i'm a san francisco taxi cab medallion holder. i want to talk about process and three examples i believe are relevant here. last year, i was a delegate from your taxi task force, a process that explored transportation in san francisco for the next 50 years. the participants were especially
concerned with equity and income disparities and "finding ways to build consensus to address such challenges and developing effective ways to reduce inequities". the facilitators that guided the process, i was impressed bethe outcome. -- by the outcome. some years ago commissioner heinicke convened a working group. we examined every possible angle and laid the groundwork for a good plan that solved a lot of problems and had a lot of winners. it was a good plan from a good process. yet another good process was the emerging technology group. chris and i participated with people from lyft, chariot, mta and other organizations.
here's what was said. we invited interest party and took consensus. directors, the new airport rules are an example of poor process. indeed a process failure. instead of consensus this causes extreme divisiveness. instead of balancing interests, it worsens inequity amongst identical taxi cabs. please send this plan back to the process stage. get a good facilitator to find a solution. >> chair heinicke: next speaker, please. >> thank you very much for listening to me. i'm just trying to tell you, i'm one of the pre-k owners and we're hurting. it's not just our medallions, but it's also the families
behind us. the drivers, and the children, too. so please re -- re -- try not to -- thank you. >> chair heinicke: thank you, mr. wong, for coming down today. >> thank you. so this airport ban is a bad policy for the public, for the taxi drivers, for the companies, for the medallion holders. it will hurt tourism and business convention as well. various city supervisors -- the purpose is to cut the tide of forfeiture by medallion purchasers, but there is a
separate ish of $50 million that the credit union can slam dunk you out of. it's clear you fleeced them. the public understands you needed the money for new buses, so i would suggest a bond measure augmented by a tax to pay for the damage done and to make people whole who have purchased the medallions. the report seemed preordained and just to have the finding that the way to respond to the taxi industry being crushed by being outnumbered 30 to 1, 45,000tnc versus the fleet size. that's absurd. i call your attention to the transportation code, there is something called a surrender policy. where if a buyer market emerges, mta gets 20% of the sales value of the 800 medallion holders who
committed their lives to getting the permits get the other 80%. rather than you're taking the $40 million, i think you want the full $200 million, so rather than wait for the buyout, you're setting us up where we can't possibly operate. we call on the commissioners, the directors here to change this policy. maybe have a bond measure and do the right thing. not crush the cab industry. thank you. >> chair heinicke: thank you. next speaker, please. >> my name is ben. after the last board meeting i decided to cash in my chips of 15 years in the cab and went out, bought a car, signed up for lyft. i'm making so much money. as a cab driver i'm killing it out there. if i turn on my phone right now, i'm going to get a call.
it doesn't ever stop. it feels unfair, as someone who was in the cab industry for 15 years, like, i didn't have to pay any money to the city or anything. i just down loaded an app and i'm making like two grand a week. this is crazy. so like charge us a thousand dollars a year, right? the lyft and the uber drivers, that is really like peanuts. that is 40,000 drivers, that is $40 million a year and that will bail out these medallions and we won't have to make everybody all upset. and half the medallions will pay it off. i'd pay thousand dollars a year to keep the fountain of money in my pocket going. i'd be happy to pay a thousand dollars a year. and the drivers don't want to do that, there are driving in from bakersfield and sacramento, maybe they shouldn't be driving
in, go out to the marina, they're all sleeping in the parking lot. it's crazy. >> thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> my name is -- good afternoon, everybody. i'm here. i'm medallion. we are 640 people with the medallion, $250,000. this time we are surviving. we are totally out of business. there is no business. lyft took all our business, uber. we want your help to give us break. or give us price and pay the city. and we are satisfied, otherwise, what the mta do this --
>> chair heinicke: thank you very much. next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, board of directors. i'm evelyn. i'm the owner of alliance cab, small business cab company. i'm here to tell you that this plan will ruin the industry. 259 pre-k cabs will be banned from the airport. others will be given second class treatment and wait 4-5 hours before they get a ride. if you think that banning the cabs from the airport will bring supply to the city, let's look at reality. there are 40,000 clogging the streets of san francisco. the drivers are not going to go to the city that is dominated by them. they will not rely on uncertainty to put food on their
table and pay for their rent. let me just give you an example of the superiority of our competitors that are truly the root of the problem and that sfmta has not found a way to control. in the last j.p. morgan convention last week, a big group arrived at the airport the day before. there were a lot of -- there is about 200 people there. there were a lot of cabs lined up in the street. despite the rain, they did not take the cab. they were waiting for uber. one lady took my cab and told my driver, you know, j.p. morgan gave us instructions they will only pay company cards if they use uber. not even lyft. why? because j.p. morgan will be part of the uber ipo. what is the domino effect of
this? cabs will sit in the yards. companies that are paying for the cabs and insurance will crumble and fold up. it will open more avenues for the ubers and the lyft. >> chair heinicke: thank you very much. >> you will have ruined the industry and there is no turning back. hi. i'm here to talk about the randall street. thank you for taking that up. first of all, i'm asking the bored to put the randall bike rack on hold. i want to make you aware of the problems with the selection process. the approval that happened on september 6, also ignores the citizens advisory council suggestion that all of the go bike racks be approved by this board and not a single engineer. concerned neighbors who know the traffic patterns and the safety issues of this location better
than any city hall traffic engineer nearly unanimously opposed the rack placement. and these neighbors and families came out in person to say so. about a dozen showed up at the original hearing on july 6, which was the friday after fourth of july when the city was a ghost town. and then many, many more showed up at the sfmta observation hours we demanded. dozens sent in protests and 70 neighbors signed petitions which were presented to this board last summer and shared with the sfmta staff. it motivates ramped up p.r. campaign to get the site approved, sfmta ignored the signatures. the staff and families got no notices of either the hearing or the observations. to understand the other assisted dying -- side, they did not live
within a half mile of the area. and were prompted by a zealot to comment. over 13 of the e-mails were by him. he was copied. over the two observation periods less than a half dozen of those people showed up while dozens of people in opposition. this site, we know the area. [bell ringing] we live there. >> chair heinicke: thank you. >> we're concerned about the safety of the kids, thank you. >> you heard director torres will be pursuing that with staff. thank you, next speaker, please. >> good afternoon. i'm also here about the randall site. i live a block from the site. it's an area of southern valley, northern glen park, a traditional neighborhood that includes the fair mount. i'm here to request this board adopt the cac recommendations to
have the board approve bike share sites. we asked that the recently approved randall site be placed on hold and nearby alternatives be explored. we support bike share, our concerns are with a very particular location in front of the school on a very narrow, busy street. a location that was already a congestion and safety concern for the community. going back quite a ways. the bike share program has recognized the problems with the street and chosen toing ignore . the traffic of 280, the traffic of school, pick up and drop off, children running across the street, ignoring crossing guards, if there even was a crossing guard. there is not. this is a problem in the community. no one looked at to see the safety of this before they thought about putting it in
there. the bike program we inquired about how the site was originally selected. and we've been given nothing of substance. they've often -- what they've given us lacked verifiable data. for instance, they recently said when approving the 22nd street site, that their criteria was 90% slope. well, randall is 11.5% slope at the very least. they said, well, it was 11% earlier. and then said it was 12%. that varies. what they -- >> chair heinicke: thank you, sir. >> what motivation -- >> chair heinicke: sir. your issue has been heard. in fairness to everybody we will enforce the time limit. thank you for coming down and your service to the neighborhood. >> yes, good afternoon.
and thanks for this opportunity to speak. >> chair heinicke: you're welcome. please. >> for years driving taxi in san francisco with clean record and san francisco because we have loan to pay. and this loan affects separated me from my family. i have five children, damaged my credit card, my living. so we support the medallion for one thing, we -- if free medallion, if you want to work and join, purchase medallion, nothing wrong with that. if you want to keep driving taxi, there is good opportunity and that's the only help we can get from the city, because we know the city of san francisco, they're not going to kick uber and lyft out. we know that. we need help with the proposal.
we support it. and anybody, as me, i drive for a free medallion and most of my friends. no problem with nobody. so purchased medallion is going to be great opportunity from what i see to be able to make a little money, a living, to pay the loan. so when the free medallion comes and anybody interested to stay in this job in my view, welcome. drive with purchased medallion, because 23 years in this job, i just want to retire. i want to stay with my family and my kids. it's not that complicated. we have no problem with nobody. and with extra money we pay to the bank, because we have a loan. and other people, they have no loan. if my house is paid off, i don't care. i live anywhere. [bell ringing].
>> chair heinicke: thank you very much. >> you're welcome. >> chair heinicke: thank you. next speaker, please. >> thank you. i am medallion buyer. the other day i was reading through the contract that i signed when i bought the medallion and in the contract, the mta promises that the value of the medallion would be kept at $250,000. and the sales program continues. and none of this is happening right now. the value of the medallion has plummeted way down. and there is no sale, no medallion sale for, i don't know, long time, maybe a couple of years. anyway, we have invested our life savings on those medallions, okay? i'm speaking on behalf of myself and other people.
thousands of people are suffering because of a mistake mta has done by pricing the medallion at this price. and then everything collapsed when uber and lyft came to the scene. anyway, we are not here against pre-k medallions. we don't want them to be hurt, but we have invested our money, our life savings into those things. too many of us are not having enough money to pay for the rent. some of them lost their houses. now this procedure is at the airport. it's good. it's not enough. i'm sure -- i mean, when -- even further, they're going to be drivers, buyers, who will commit suicide. i mean this has happened already in other cities and in new york.
i'm sure it's going to happen very soon if the city does not act very fast, very soon to help us. you're going to hear stories of suicide. >> chair heinicke: thank you very much. next speaker, please. welcome, sir. >> good afternoon, board of directors. good afternoon. my name is... i've been a taxi driver in san francisco for 30 years and i own k medallion. we totally understand that sfmta has a crisis going. the crisis that sfmta has to come up to pay for the purchased medallion owners. but is that -- how is that fair to say, k medallions took advantage of the purchased medallion? if you went to school.
somebody graduate today and say to you, you graduated from low school, top school 20, 30 years ago, you need to get out of the job, is that fair? that's what you're doing. you're saying the k medallions, get out. others come and work. how is that fair? k medallions, we can help the purchased medallions. we can pay 5, $10 extra per day to work at the airport. you can collect that money, use their money to pay for their loans. we have 900k medallion owners. we can give you -- even if you charged $200 per month, you can collect more money. instead of just banning the whole out of the airport, just
think about it, how can we come up with some kind of payment that we can use to help the other guys. that is better way than kicking -- you have -- everybody has a family, sir. >> chair heinicke: thank you very much. thank you. next speaker, please. >> herbert winer. >> herbert winer, passenger at risk. i got the rudest new year greeting from mta this morning as i was embarking from the l, the door slammed on me. now, this is dangerous. people have actually died as a result of these vehicles' doors slamming on them. and i don't want to wait around for a remedy until some member of the mta board for mta