Today’s Headlines

  • Plans to Extend Central Subway (Hoodline)
  • BART Board Tours Powell Station AKA ‘the Toilet’ (SFChron, SFBay)
  • SF Tries to Clear Homeless from Civic Center BART (SFExaminer)
  • BART Police Chief on Crime Reporting (SFChron)
  • Muni’s Three-Bike Racks (Hoodline)
  • Salesforce Gets Naming Rights to Transbay Transit Center (SFChron)
  • Seniors Especially Vulnerable at Crosswalks (SFWeekly)
  • Uber and Lyft Banned for SF Worker Ride Program (SFExaminer)
  • Cable Car Bell Ringing Winner (SFBay)
  • Boy and Father Hit by Pickup Truck while Bike Riding in Vallejo (SFGate)
  • Mill Valley Protects Steps and Paths (MarinIJ)
  • Commentary: Sad State of Oakland Streets, Sidewalks et al (SFChron)

Get state headlines at Streetsblog CA, national headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • mx

    SFMTA also announced they’re shutting down the subway for a month’s worth of nights and weekends (excepting Outside Lands) for testing the new trains — https://www.sfmta.com/calendar/alerts/new-train-testing-muni-metro-subway

    Surely other cities in the world manage to buy new trains without shutting down their subway system for days and days, right?

  • p_chazz
  • mx

    Sure, but those are systems that are literally falling apart and endangering people’s safety. And shutting them down is a big deal in those communities. People are moving to other parts of the city because of the L train shutdown.

    We already had a quite lengthy set of subway shutdown for rail replacement, then one for emergency telephone installation. It’s just rather disrespectful of riders for the agency to casually toss out “yeah, we’re shutting down the subway starting next week” as if it doesn’t really matter.

    Has there been any explanation for why the testing couldn’t be done over a longer period of time for fewer hours each day? It would feel far less insulting if there was at least some element of “we really wanted to avoid this, but here’s why we can’t do it any other way than a shutdown” to it.

  • david vartanoff

    the answer, of course is overnights, but because Muni never hires enough operators, scheduling crews for overnights would also cause missing runs during normal service.

  • NYC subway is constantly upgrading and making repairs to its 100+ year old system. Service disruptions are the norm, but the major difference between SF and NYC is that the latter has a far more extensive system running than SF. If I know the A/C trains are being rerouted on weekends I have options to get around. However, if the K/L/M lines are shut down in the Market St. tunnel, I’m screwed.
    The other difference is communication. NYC riders are warned well in advance of any track work or planned service changes.