MTA Announces Finalized December 5 Muni Service Changes

N.gifGoodbye, weekend N-Judah service along the Embarcadero. Image: SFMTA

The MTA today announced the specific Muni service changes it will make on December 5 as part of its efforts to close a $129 million budget gap. Half of Muni’s bus routes and one of its rail routes are affected, with changes including discontinued or shortened routes and altered service hours and frequencies. To soften the impact, several routes will get increased service. Six routes will be discontinued altogether: the 4-Sutter, 7-Haight, 20-Columbus, 26-Valencia, 53-Southern Heights, and 89-Laguna Honda.

None of the specific changes come as a surprise, since the MTA has discussed the plans at several of its board meetings (including a prolonged debate among Richmond district residents over the 2-Clement’s new terminus.) The agency has repeatedly said the changes do not represent implementation of the Transit Effectiveness Project, but that the TEP did inform the changes, making them more surgical and logical.

"These Muni service changes are the results of months of work by SFMTA staff and countless stakeholders," said MTA Executive Director Nat Ford in a press release. "We must apply this same diligence to ensure that all our customers understand these extensive changes."

While the MTA’s TEP data has made the service changes less painful than they could be, the agency is not yet out of the water financially, and sources say the agency faces a mid-year deficit nearing $50 million. This round of service cutbacks also did not amount to the projected savings the agency had hoped for. That could mean further, even more painful service cuts if the agency isn’t able to increase its revenues or cut costs elsewhere.

See the complete list of changes on the SFMTA’s website.

  • Mark

    Nearby Muni Service: Muni’s J Church Line…provide[s] nearby service.”

    The J Church stop in Glen Park is the most frightening MUNI stop I’ve ever been to. Right in the middle of the freeway; only one way out – up a flight of stairs with a blind turn and no way to see who’s waiting to mug you. Then you have to cross a freeway exit to get into Glen Park. Anybody who claims this two routes are equivalent should actually visit the station instead of just looking at it on a map…

  • Mark, you forgot to mention it’s unmarked as well.

  • Diane

    Yup – I agree whole-heartedly. After using that stop once, from then on I drive if I go to that area. How stupid is it to feel like I have to do that?

  • @Jamison I once got off BART at Glen Park determined to switch to the J-Church. At some point in my search I did see overhead wires, but could never find evidence of the station. I walked to Diamond and Bosworth, defeated, and got the first bus headed in my general direction.

  • Geordino

    I’m going to miss the 26. Hope it gets reinstated.

    Used the Glen Park stop today.
    The walkover had litter strewn about.
    Atleast this time. It wasn’t human waste.

    You never know what or who you will encounter in that isolated stop.

  • I rode the 26 once or twice. It’s much more convenient than the J which was sometimes late.

  • Scott

    Sad to see this go. I use this route at least 6 times a week. I’d like transit to get easier, not more challenging.

  • Yeah, this *$&%ing sucks that the 26 is discontinued. My mom just moved close to me, and it is already impossible for her to walk the two blocks to the 26 line, but I was hoping that with some practice she would be able to get down to it, as it stops on my block.

    This is going to make it much more difficult for her.


    Looks like there is a reroute of the 36 that could serve our needs with a transfer.

  • Adam Hartzell

    Uhm, uh, I actually kinda like the aesthetics of the Glen Park J Church stop. There’s something about standing there in defiance of all the car-dependency that, well, I like. It’s one of my favorite transit stops in SF.

    Just thought I’d throw in a voice of disagreement amongst a sea of consensus.

    And for those who don’t like it, I understand that there are urban planning projects in the works w/ GP to eventually remove that overpass, make San Jose Avenue more like a boulevard, and better connect GP with the neighborhoods to the South of GP. I presume a re-working of that stop will be a part of those plans, so you all might likely get your wish, whereas I’ll just have memories.

  • SFResident

    Crap. The 26 is/was one of the more functional buses in the city. It was also my favored route from my house to some of my most frequented bars. The late night 37 was another frequently used bus – and it is one of the most clean and punctual buses in the city.

    The priorities of this city are so screwed up. Free parking over reasonable bus service? Sometimes I feel like many of our civic leaders would be happier in Houston.

  • On the bright side, I can probably take the 48 direct from Noe Valley to 22nd St Caltrain faster than I can take the 35 to the Castro to the T or N to 4th/King. That meander around Potrero Hill was the worst.

    Of course it will still be 3x as long as biking to the station.

  • Ajay

    Wait: didn’t the MUNI just increase fares by 33% (from $1.50 to $2.00)?
    Is this what we get for the fare increase?

    What you’re seeing, dear readers, is the fat bureaucracy taking advantage of the weak economy to cut costs; which would be OK if, when the economy recovers, the services would be restored. Do you think that’ll happen? Fat chance! When the economy recovers, the surplus will be doled out as “overtime” and bonuses and trips to Hawaii.

    MUNI has many cleaners on payroll. Has anyone ever seen a MUNI vehicle which was cleaned recently?

    All government bureaucracies are like pythons (or anacondas, take your pick). They’ll keep squeezing more and more out of the taxpayers, with no end in sight.

    The solution: cut the pay/benefits of the MUNI officials in parallel with the cuts in service.
    If all else fails: hand MUNI over to Bauer. At least they know how to run clean buses.

  • With the N Judah service eliminated on weekends and holidays from Embarcadero to Caltrain, I’ll probably just walk up to Market Street instead of bothering to walk to the Folsom/Harrison Muni Metro stop on The Embarcadero to wait on a T-Third (especially on weekends if turning N Judah trains around slows things down for the T-Third as it did when the line first started up) … and I might as well save 25 cents and ride BART using my TransLink card if it gets me close enough to my destination. With the monthly pass price going up to $60 in January (I think?) without BART access included, I probably won’t be buying those fast passes anymore – and I’ll use MUNI less overall as a result. Luckily, SOMA is a pretty flat area and I’m able to ride a bicycle … can we get some more bike racks installed around SOMA please? 🙂

  • Oh yeah … good luck with that budget deficit, SFMTA. Please don’t spend any less on pedestrian safety in SOMA (as if).

  • Gotta admit – I’m glad to see the 7-Haight being cut. It was made obsolete by the 71. The only thing worse than empty cars are empty buses.

  • John Kilpatrick

    The cutting of the already overcrowded 10 in half is the last straw. I’m giving up on getting to and from Caltrain. The good news is that I get to use my handicapped placard to park for free at meters. So I get to thank the city for making my attempt at public transit a fail by denying the city meter money and puut carbon in the air. Works for me. Screw transit. It’s a load of crap.


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