Supervisor Wiener Calls for Hearing on Improving J-Church Reliability

Flickr Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/theoverheadwire/##Transit Nerds##
Flickr Photo: ##http://www.flickr.com/photos/theoverheadwire/##Transit Nerds##

Supervisor Scott Wiener, who has pledged to make transportation issues a priority, today called for a hearing to address a growing number of complaints about unreliability from riders on the J-Church line.

“It’s a major line that carries a lot of people, and it’s very unpredictable for reasons I do not understand and want to understand,” Wiener said. “I want the current, up-to-date information from the MTA in terms of what’s going on with the J-Church and what they have been doing recently to try to improve service.”

He cited known physical challenges presented by the turn from Church onto 30th Street, “stops and starts” on Church Street, “inconsistent frequency”, and seemingly “random” NextMuni arrival predictions, which he said doesn’t seem to be as much of a problem on other lines.

He expects to have the hearing within 30 to 60 days and may even propose some physical changes to improve the line.

Wiener, who represents District 8, said he will work with D11 Supervisor John Avalos, whose district also encompasses the J line. Avalos has also expressed concerns about Muni reliability, and recently called for a hearing on the problem of switchbacks on the 14-Mission line.

“Over the last few months we’ve seen improved service reliability due, in part, to preventing sander hoses from severing the signal cable, upgrading system software to improve the switch from manual to automatic, and addressing maintenance issues, such as switches and other mechanical issues,” said SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose. “We will continue to work with the Board of Supervisors to further improve service in the future.”

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Supe Wiener’s Misguided Opposition to Sunday Parking Meters

|
Since Scott Wiener took office as District 8 supervisor, he’s stood out as a progressive transportation advocate at City Hall, holding the SFMTA accountable for improving service for Muni riders, making the streets safer for pedestrians, and more. So it was disappointing to hear him say he’s against the SFMTA’s long-overdue proposal to enforce parking meters […]

Wiener to SFMTA: Don’t Warn Double-Parkers, Cite Them

|
Typo correction: The SFMTA says commercial vehicles are only allowed to double park when there is no legal parking space nearby. At a hearing this week on the prevalence of double-parking in SF, Supervisor Scott Wiener said parking control officers shouldn’t give double-parked drivers a chance to move before receiving a citation. “If the worst thing […]

The Sorry State of Double-Parking Enforcement on SF Streets

|
There’s no question: Double-parking in San Francisco is rampant, and it routinely causes danger for people on bicycles and delays for Muni riders. Just a day after Supervisor Scott Wiener held a hearing on the issue at City Hall at the beginning of the week, a Muni bus driver and car driver collided on Mission at […]

Mayor, Eight Supervisors Promise to Ride Muni Every Day Until June 22

|
The SF Transit Riders Union’s challenge to ride Muni for 22 days kicked off yesterday with late sign-ons from Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisors London Breed and Mark Farrell, who had initially declined to commit. Supervisors Katy Tang and Malia Cohen still declined, and Supervisor Norman Yee has not confirmed a pledge since he tweeted a selfie on Muni after […]