Today’s Headlines

  • Software Error Forces Muni Metro to Suspend Double Berthing (SF Examiner, SF Bay, KTVU)
  • Mayor Lee Supports State Law to Allow Cameras That Catch Speeding Drivers (SF Chronicle)
  • Three Muni Passengers Robbed and Injured in Separate Incidents (SF Examiner)
  • Chemical Tests Find Hydrogen Bubble Manufacturing Defects in Failed BART Rail (SF Examiner)
  • Bay Area Bike Share in Three Peninsula Cities Extended For One Year (Green Caltrain)
  • South San Francisco City Staff Recommend Against Residential Parking Permit Program (SM Daily)
  • Driver Killed in Solo Crash on Highway 680 Identified as 58-Year-Old Dennis Rohrbach (SJ Mercury)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • mx

    Muni has only been testing double berthing for a few years, so it’s natural such an obvious flaw would go undetected (there were no announcements of any kind when I was at Van Ness when they were testing the new software on Sunday). Remember when this was supposed to be a “quick fix” experiment to prove that SFMTA was capable of rapid improvements? Somehow boring a deep tunnel under the city has taken less time than getting double berthing rolled out.

    Double berthing isn’t totally useless, but it doesn’t actually speed up service and is basically a small band-aid around the fact that heavy “traffic” manages to build up in the subway. At this point, any possible benefit has been utterly outstripped by the amount of effort that has gone into implementation.

    If Muni wanted to actually do something about traffic in the tunnel, they could start by improving procedures at Embarcadero Station. No matter how many trains are backed up, operators and supervisors frequently take a lethargic attitude toward turning trains around at Embarcadero. Supervisors need to make sure that new operators are in position before their trains arrive and that trains don’t sit idle on either track. Get the dwell times at Embarcadero down to be no longer than any other stop and you’d be well on your way to solving the problem.

  • mx

    And on a sadder note, the Chronicle is reporting that a pedestrian was seriously injured in a crash at Market and Duboce. According to the initial report, “the man sprinted south across the 2000 block of Market when he was
    struck by an eastbound Acura, police said. The man was taken to San
    Francisco General Hospital with head trauma, a broken arm and a broken
    leg.”

  • However, Muni officials realized that because of a software problem, some trains were not being announced until after they left the station, according to agency spokesman Paul Rose.

    To be fair, “Ms. Muni” was never the most reliable narrator in the first place.

  • Caleb

    Anything more than 30 seconds dwell time on any of the interlined stations, especially Embarcadero, is unacceptable. Can we have muni operator pay based on line run times? Penalties for slacking off, chatting with colleagues, idling away on the platform while trains full of hundreds of citizens queue up behind?

    I have been on many slow moving inbound trains only to get to Embarcadero and see operators leaning out the window chatting it up with the other employees on the platform. Outbound, too. It may be the starting station for J,L,M, but it is a through station for K,N lines. Any delay here undermines the efficacy of the whole network. You just want to go up to the cab and yell under the window, “Go. Go! There are no trains in front of you, the conversation can wait. Close the doors and goooooooo!”

  • mx

    Agreed. Long dwell times at other stations is often the result of overcrowding, passengers with disabilities needing extra time, etc… I can live with this. The situation at Embarcadero is usually nothing more than a lack of urgency. This is obvious to anybody who’s ever spent more than five minutes in the station.