Today’s Headlines

  • SFMTA to Give Presentation to SFCTA on 14-Mission Switchbacks (SF Examiner)
  • Chron Editorial on Caltrain: Region Must Rally to Save Vital Transpo Mode
  • Supervisor Sean Elsbernd Reappointed Caltrain Board Chair (SF Examiner)
  • Ca. High-Speed Rail Board Approves Funding for Station Development (Fresno Bee)
  • Fehr & Peers Likely to Study Streetcar Service to West Sac (Sac Press via Jeff Wood)
  • Man Killed After Crash Involving His Truck and a Monterey-Salinas Transit Bus (Californian)
  • Seven People Injured on Sutter Street as Limo and Taxi Collide (SF Gate)
  • City of San Mateo to Unveil Bike Plan This Week (SF Examiner)
  • Contra Costa County Officials Discussing Enforcing “Shaping Our Future” Plan (Coco Times)
  • Sebastopol Road at Stony Point is Santa Rosa’s Most Dangerous Intersection (Road Warrior)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Jeffrey W. Baker

    Muni’s claim to only turn back at the ends of routes is horse hockey, as they say back home. I was on a 21-Hayes bus that turned back at Fillmore, dropping off a standing-room-only load of mostly very confused German tourists who thought they were going to Golden Gate Park. Personally I have never heard of the “21-Hayes to Fillmore”. Naturally it is impossible for fifty people to get on the 21 at Fillmore because it’s already fully loaded when it gets there, so all those passengers were effectively stranded.

  • Alex

    Cool. Let’s address the problem of short runs on a route by route basis. It’s not like it’s a systemwide problem. On my walk home the other day I came across a tourist at 19th & Judah trying to get back to Powell. I told her to take the N (which was ~30-40 minutes away). She asked if she’d have to transfer again to get to Powell. How do you say “Maybe, but it depends on the driver’s mood.” in Japanese? FFS, I was on an inbound M that magically turned around at Church last night. Even the driver was surprised. Thankfully it was only a one car train, so there were only a hundred odd people on it who had to cross the platform.

    We don’t need separate hearings, with separate presentations to tell us the exact same information about problems that plague nearly every route. How much overtime is being blown on these stupid presentations anyhow? The MTA is stubbornly trying to prop up service in the core to the detriment of the far flung regions. This is a bad idea for the same reason that cutting weekend service on Caltrain is a bad idea. People living in the core area are likely to walk or ride transit anyhow. Providing convenient not-core service encourages incidental transit users to become regular transit users. Cutting that service encourages people to drive.

    The MTA would do very well to cut the bullshit. The vehicles that serve the 14 are the most unreliable in the fleet (with a mean distance between failure of around 700 miles, I think). This need not be the case. Perhaps it would be better for the MTA to start coming up with solutions instead of excuses. Maybe even do something wild and crazy like adjusting the published schedules to reflect the long-standing reality of not enough drivers, and not enough vehicles on many routes. Better to underpromise and overdeliver than the other way around.

    As for the riders I’d highly encourage them to simply hold the door(s) open until the next vehicle arrives. There’s no sense in braving the elements if you’ve already paid for a transfer.