Today’s Headlines

  • More on ‘Chop Shop’ Ordinance (SFChron)
  • Cable Car Wait and Expensive Tickets (SFChron)
  • Shocked the N-Judah Makes Sparks (SFGate)
  • More Housing Woes: SF Tops Nation for Couples with Roommates (SFGate)
  • Atherton Hit-and-Run Suspect Sought (Almanac)
  • Richmond Hit-and-Run Suspect ID’d (EastBayTimes)
  • Concord Woman Hit and Killed in Crosswalk ID’d (EastBayTimes)
  • Could SMART Train Make a Dent in Marin Traffic? (MarinIJ)
  • Marin’s Climate Change Campaign (MarinIJ)
  • Commentary: How I Learned to Love California High-speed Rail (Curbed)
  • Commentary: When Dispersing Bike/Ped Funds, Check What Works (EastBayTimes)
  • Commentary: Helping Fellow Bus Rider (EastBayTimes)

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  • mx

    I’m glad Matier and Ross are asking the obvious question: why are there always multiple cable cars sitting idle at Powell when there’s a long line at the turnaround? Too bad nobody attempts to answer it.

  • Sean

    Layover, mealbreaks, recovery time. The cable cars themselves may be able to run all day but the work rules in SFMTA’s CBA limit operator hours, therefore pull-outs. I also assume they want a reasonable amount of spacing as the stops in the middle of the street don’t cater well to tailgating.

  • mx

    They do need a reasonable amount of spacing, yes, but if there are seven cars sitting idle on a day when Muni says the system is running fine (I routinely see 4 or so at Powell), surely there’s a problem? Operators deserve their breaks certainly, but you can’t tell me this is a properly running system.

  • Sean

    You should see more ends of the line of a high frequency system then. The Muni 38, SamTrans ECR usually have several stacked up buses at either end, sometimes maybe 8 buses for the ECR in Palo Alto and that’s 15 minute service.. The Mason and Powell lines end at Powell, coming in every 4 minutes combined. Since they want to keep headways and the vehicles are often late, they need to pull out extra cars in case the next one is stuck in traffic. M&R are just pointing out some anecdotal evidence that they don’t understand. Sure, there is a real problem of SFMTA operators leaving late from the terminals, and if you are waiting in line I could see wanting to blame someone.

  • Tourists have stopped to ask me if the long wait and trip are worth $7. My answer is always the same…”No. It’s not worth it. It’s a total rip off.” It’s disgusting that a supposed filthy rich city filled with multi-billion dollar companies cannot provide affordable cable cars.

  • Jeff Gonzales

    I mean, there’s only so many cable car spots and if tourists are willing that much why not take the extra revenue? Sure neither of us would care for it but then we just don’t take it.