Today’s Headlines

  • Two Pedestrians, Driver Injured in Three-Car Crash at 14th and South Van Ness (ABC)
  • Driver Fleeing Police Hits Former Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, SFPD Officer (NBC)
  • City Officials to Campaign for Lower Speed Limits, Speed Cameras at State Capitol (Examiner, SFBay)
  • Muni Installs N-Judah Handicap Platform at 28th Ave (SFMTA); Bus Bulb-Outs on McAllister (SFMTA)
  • Muni On-Time Performance Has Dipped Over Past Year (SFBay)
  • Former SFPD Traffic Chief Ali Defends Use of Anti-Terrorism Funds for Muni Fare Enforcement (Exam)
  • CA Assemblymember Wants to Allow Transit Agencies to Let Private Shuttles to Use Bus Stops (Exam)
  • Danville Case Could Make Impacts on Cyclists Part of Required CA Environmental Review (Merc)
  • Planned Caltrain Upgrades Over Budget (GC); South SF Approves $49M Station Rebuild (Daily Journal)
  • Driver Who Killed Girl in Cupertino Freeway Crash Arrested After Drugs Discovered in System (ABC)
  • $79M for Traffic Signs on Hwy 80? Even Car Commuters Think It’s a Waste (Mercury Roadshow)

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  • aslevin

    The cost estimate increase for Caltrain electrification is old news. The price tag for the additional improvements for longer platforms and level boarding is new news.

  • helloandyhihi

    54% Muni on-time performance. That’s crazy, especially in light of the Mayor pushing to spend $20 million a year to give away free Muni passes and Sunday meters.

  • Richard Mlynarik

    Just keep throwing money at them!

    Electrification was already at 2x the going rate of any advanced industrialized first world democracy, before the “unexpected” increase in the “estimates”, and before any and all actual improvements in service were pushed off into “just trust us we’ll do it all later for sure” mythical “Phase 2”.

    But yes, you’re right. This is indeed old news. The same cast of rent-seeking non-achieving barrell-bottom-scrapers have been not delivering and blowing out costs for three decades now. But just a couple more billion and another two decades and … who knows what we’ll still be promised.

  • Alicia

    How do they measure “on-time”? It would be interesting to have a breakdown of the length of delays.

  • runn3r85

    Last I heard you are considered on time if you are in the range from 1 minute early to 4 minutes late.

    The best part is there is no accountability. If they can’t get to 85%, then all heads of SFMTA should be fired. If you don’t hold people accountable, they will never reach the goals.

  • murphstahoe

    The problem being if the goal is pretty much inherently non-achievable, all you get by firing everybody is a succession of lower achievers, who come even further from the goal.

  • voltairesmistress

    Agree. What frustrates and angers is the Muni spokesman’s obfuscation. Reading the article one does not get an analysis of what exactly is causing the increased delays. There are hints that it is a dearth of operators or operator behavior (e.g. not starting on time from the end of the line) or a lack of functioning buses and trains due to maintenance or an insufficient number of buses/trains for an increased ridership. No pinpointing of causes, just a lot possibles. All of which leads to hands in the air and “we are trying”, but most important, no accountability. If you can’t measure what matters, you can’t fix it.

  • thielges

    Another problem is that meeting an aggressive on-time goal is in conflict with safe driving practice. We don’t want bus drivers speeding to meet their on-time goals. On-time goals work in commercial aviation because pilot’s behavior is under heavy scrutiny. If they cut corners to make up time then that behavior will be noticed and there are even heavier repercussions.

  • runn3r85

    I’m not saying you need to hit 85% this month, but if your on time rate is continuously decreasing, then there is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. They already count a bus “on time” if it’s 4 minutes late.

    And if you set a goal, but there is no accountability, there is no point in setting goals. Because when they reach their “goal”, they’ll claim success and demand bonuses. When they don’t meet them, some excuse will appear and everyone will just shrug and say, “Oh that MUNI, up to no good again.”

    Tax payer money, bridge toll money, and fares are being wasted. Service hasn’t improved, but a lot more money keeps getting pumped into the system. That there should be enough for anyone to cry foul.

    There are plenty of muni drivers who could use some retraining. And there is definite poor communication between MUNI execs and the drivers. The 52 bus line changed routes temporarily because of construction last month and we’ve had drivers take all different permutation of routes, none of which are the official ones.

  • murphstahoe

    “if your on time rate is continuously decreasing, then there is a serious problem that needs to be addressed.”

    Yes. Mayor Lee telling SFMTA to ignore double parked vehicles that stall the bus lines is a serious problem And no way in hell is he going to let Ed Reiskin address it.