Today’s Headlines

  • Taxi Drivers Protest Outside City Hall But Strike “Fails to Materialize” (SF GateSF Examiner)
  • SFMTA Declares First Week of Nx Judah Express Bus Pilot a Success (SF Appeal)
  • Yee’s Protests of Ford’s Severance Contradicted by Past Votes to Raid Muni Funds (Bay Citizen)
  • More on SFMTA Deputy Director Carter Rohan’s Resignation (SF Examiner)
  • Man Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver in the Mission Identified (SF Appeal)
  • Joe Eskenazi Takes Public Transit from SF to L.A. in Two Long Days (SF Weekly)
  • Supes Introduce Demolition Ban Measure That Could Impact Park Merced (SF Gate)
  • Baker Street Bike Lanes Re-Striped Ahead of Schedule (Bike NoPa)
  • BART Brings Interactive Seat Lab to Herman Plaza Today (SF Examiner)
  • Demand for Denser Housing on the Rise in California (LAT)

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  • EL

    Regarding the Nx, I’m really surprised that Muni is bragging about the high spike in ridership last Thursday, especially when that was the day that the subway was completely shutdown for many hours.

  • Sean

    I think the Nx is a great success. I dont actually take it, but it has seceded in thinning out the mass of standees at Church and Duboce before heading into the Market tunnel. Travel time is cut for the beach folks and maybe, just maybe I can get a seat someday on the train. 

    That being said, the stop glut in the Inner Sunset is still a HUGE problem, I cant believe how many stops there are between 19th Ave and Carl/Cole. There was a large bunching problem yesterday with 2 2car trains within a minute of each other after I waited about 20 minutes on a Giants Game day at 6pm. 

  • SteveS

    Well, that certainly is one of the advantages: drastically more reliable than Muni’s joke of a rail system.

    Hopefully this will get them thinking about creative solutions in other places. The Nx is really a pretty marginal case for express bus service: with no good right of way for the express leg to speed through, so the benefit is just reduced crowding, lower cost per passenger, and increased reliability, but not much faster commutes for the riders.

    If the Nx can be successful, there must be even better opportunities elsewhere. I would think you could build a Tx route that hops on 280 and delivers people in the Southeast neighborhoods the shorter commute they were promised and never delivered. And obviously if we could get physically separated transit lanes and signal priority you could start doing things all over the city!

  • mikesonn

    SteveS, the Tx is the 8x. Muni would be better off bringing back the 15 if they wanted to improve service on Third.

  • SteveS

    @mikesonn:disqus 8x only serves Visitacion Valley; if you are north of Paul in Bayview or Hunter’s Point you are cut off from it by Caltrain tracks. I bet a commute hour bus running on Third from Gilman/Paul to Marin then taking the same route as the 14x would get lots of ridership.

    It would be great to just bring back the 15 and have it run on the dedicated ROW, but then you have to spend millions lowering all those platforms. The lines with no platforms seem like the best place to start testing that sort of thing.

  • mikesonn

    Good point SteveS.

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