Today’s Headlines

  • SF Examiner and Beyond Chron Lambaste MTC’s Rejection of Free Muni for Youth
  • Supe Wiener Voted for Free Muni for Youth on MTC, Despite Being Against It (SF Weekly)
  • SF Assistant DA: Bucchere/Hui Bicycle Fatality “a Form of a Homicide” (ABC 7)
  • SFGate Bemoans the Coming Death of Free/Cheap Car Parking Near Giants Stadium
  • Hit-and-Run Driver Crashes Into Car, Busts Fire Hydrant in the Castro (KTVU)
  • Muni’s 83X “Twitter Bus” Ridership Well Below Projections (SF Examiner)
  • More on Latest Central Subway Construction Detours on Stockton and Grant (SF Examiner)
  • First SMART Rail Car Due for Testing in Fall 2013 (Marin IJ)
  • SFGate‘s Bike Commuter Profile: Is Bicycling in SF Really a “Daredevil Activity”?
  • News Flash: Not Owning a Car in SF Saves You “Hella Money” (SFBay)
  • Tech Companies Moving to SF Because “Employees Want to Ride a Bike to Work” (USA Today)

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  • mikesonn

    Stockton was not closed to private autos at 6am this morning. Update coming tomorrow. I won’t hold my breath.

  • mikesonn

    Also, the bike commuter “profile” on SFGate: That’s the best cycling route in the city – Valencia to Market. If that’s a “daredevil activity” then everything else in the city is on par with Valparaiso ( 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-Ha0E84mbjU ). SFGate did a hack job right at the heart of SF’s cycling infrastructure.

  • Joel

    A tweet says it’s closed:  http://twitter.com/Central_Subway

  • Where is the DA, and ABC, Chron, etc… on Josh Calder?

  • Where is the DA, and ABC, Chron, etc… on Josh Calder?

  • Richard Mlynarik

    Kaufman mentioned the NX bus line — a complementary express route to the N-Judah light-rail line — as another specialty route that neglects long-term needs.

    Really, all of Muni’s Express lines ignore the system’s major problems,” Kaufman said. “They only serve particular communities and they don’t address inherent problems with Muni service.

    The San Francisco Transit Riders’ Union Has Spoken.
    Express service = neglect.

    PS Freedom = slavery

  • Richard Mlynarik

    No cycletracks on Valencia.  That makes it harrowing.  Harrowing.  Didn’t you notice?  I was harrowed along harrowing Valencia just half a harrowing hour ago and am still trying to recover.

  • mikesonn

    I went by pretty early so maybe they were waiting for the PCO’s to wake up.

  • Mario

    Express service is only available during very limited hours and covers very few people. The NX was created to cover up for lack of operable LRVs, and the other expresses are needed because the lines they serve are notoriously slow, which again covers up for systemic problems (lack of transit priority, congestion, stop spacing and so on). So, yes, express service is neglect in sheep’s clothing.

  • mikesonn

    Lack of operable LRVs, SFMTA’s solution: build new subway.

  • Andy Chow

    What the express routes have done and could do more of is to provide a more reliable service using more reliable equipment and using more reliable techniques to significantly speed up travel time.

    Even if you can reliably reduce N-Judah’s travel time, I doubt that it would be faster than NX. Even if we could use the funding for NX to increase N-Judah service, the increased N-Judah service would likely have less of an impact in user experience than having the NX. Express routes aren’t direct competition to improving local services, but in light of the fact that it is very difficult to do anything effectively to speed up local service in the short term, express service is an easy way to improve rider experience quickly.

  • They’ve added an NX where the LRV could be improved.
    They’ve added the 83X to address a short distance that is walkable and bikeable.

    They are picking the wrong places to add express service.

    Express service from Noe/Mission/Bernal to Caltrain would be a lot more useful. Of course, all that might do is attract more passengers that Caltrain does not have room for.

  • Peter M

    The NX isn’t actually supposed to be faster than the N, the scheduled run time for both from 19th Avenue to Montgomery Station/Sutter & Sansome is almost exactly the same. The N is only slower due to the frequent problems with reliability and delays with the Metro.

  • mikesonn

    It is done. Wonder how enforced it will be.

    http://twitpic.com/admm1r 

    And hooray for a huge chain-link fence down the length of Stockton. SFMTA loves pedestrians!

  • Anonymous

    The NX is a band-aid solution to a long-term problem, which is the lack of fast frequent and reliable service on the N-Judah line. As a band-aid solution it’s not a bad one, but it should be recognized for what it is. The N should have more working LRVs, it’s own right-of-way for the whole length of Judah St, and about half the number of stops it currently has.

  • mikesonn

    Completely shut off this morning. 6+ ft tall chainlink fences put up around Stockton between Market and Geary. Sidewalk is open.

    Still waiting on the SFMTA to offer cycling route alternatives.

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