Today’s Headlines

  • Malfunctioning Muni Next Bus Signs (SFExaminer)
  • Twin Peaks Car Restrictions Start Today (SFExaminer)
  • Transbay Talks Retail (BusinessTimes)
  • Supervisors Pass Density Housing Bonus (SFExaminer)
  • SF Rents Falling…Relatively (SFWeekly)
  • New Helmsman for Presidio (SFChron)
  • San Francisco to Pay for Drunk Firefighters DUI (SFGate))
  • More on BART Bond Questions (SFist)
  • Questions about BART Police Internal Affairs Process (EastBayTimes)
  • Feds Want to Learn from a Car Crash (EastBayTimes)
  • Editorial: Time for Law Enforcement to Crack Down on Texting Drivers (DailyJournal)
  • Editorial: Tech Shuttle Compromise was a Good One (SFChron)

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  • david vartanoff

    Previous articles have said that tech shuttle stops on Church St were among those abolished. Church St is wide enough for Muni, but too narrow for tech shuttles???

  • lunartree

    You’re looking for a logical answer, but lets not pretend the tech shuttle debate involves anything other than emotion.

  • mx

    I like the assertion in the Chronicle editorial that “San Francisco residents” pay the SFMTA’s bills as if the people riding tech shuttles aren’t, by definition, San Francisco residents. Why would on earth they be commuting every day from SF if they didn’t live here (and hence pay property tax here, often at high rates not capped by Prop 13 in fact)?

  • Flatlander

    I’m actually not sure if there’s a contradiction here. Some of those tech shuttle buses are enormous, significantly larger than a Muni bus.

  • Mario Tanev

    Regarding the shuttles, here’s the simple math to explain why some riders are abandoning the shuttle and driving instead, with one example.

    The commute from the Mission now stands at 90 minutes one way (up from 60 minutes a couple of years prior). Adding a 5-10 minute walk before the latest changes, you get to 100 minutes one way. It is a gruelling commute. The increase in the commute time left riders with two choices: find another job (with less pay) or accept the increase. Driving offered a small advantage of 5-10 minutes, so it was not a useful option.

    Now, the stop at 18th and Church was replaced by a stop at 16th and South Van Ness. It was instead going to be replaced by 19th and Dolores, but free-parkers were opposed. According to Google Maps, the shortest walk is 16 minutes. Let’s now add the 16 minutes to the commute, and that becomes 116 minutes. For some now, the difference between driving and taking the shuttle is 26 minutes one way, or an hour each day. For people with children and families, the commute duration was at a tipping point, and it tipped over.

    In addition, the shuttle is often late (up to 10-20 minutes). If the walk to the shuttle is within 5-10 minutes from one’s residence, with real-time tracking, one can time it so they get to the shuttle not too early, not too late. If that becomes 21-26 minutes, that becomes impossible, and since the gaps between runs are large that can result in a long wait for the next run. Driving is a lot more reliable.

    It’s also quite a long walk to catch a bus, but probably preferable to Muni, due to reliability. Just the additional walking time is equivalent to walking from the 30th & Mission and 24th. For those with the 10-minute walking pre-implementation, it’s equivalent to walking from 30th to 20th. That’s two 14R stops of distance. Keep in mind that the average person on that corridor has to walk 1/4 of the distance between two stops, and the worst case is 1/2. So a shuttle rider has to walks 8 times as long as the average 14R rider. While exercise is good, there is a reason why people complain about stop consolidation of even one block. People don’t have the time or ability to necessarily do it every day. Here we’re talking about 10 blocks. Driving doesn’t have that issue.

    So to the author:
    “It made sure that the new stops were within half a mile of the old ones.” — it is 0.8 miles. And by the way, 0.25 miles is the standard for rapid transit service, so 0.5 is asking for double that distance.

    “Moving the stops by only a few blocks asks tech workers to make only the tiniest of sacrifices.” — I wonder if you would consider an added hour to your daily commute and 3 full rapid stops of walking to your bus stop a tiny sacrifice

    “Moving shuttle stops from smaller streets onto larger ones will reduce neighborhood congestion and improve quality of life.” — the stop was going to be moved from Church and 18th to Dolores and 19th, but was prevented by free-parkers and was instead moved to 16th and South Van Ness. Dolores is by no means a small street.

    “But the fault here is with those workers. ” — It would be interesting to see how you find fault in yourself when you face the same circumstances.

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