Today’s Headlines

  • Muni Testing Three-Car Trains (Hoodline)
  • More on Debate over Transit Housing Bill (EastBayTimes)
  • Milpitas and Berryessa BART Station Dates Slip Again (EastBayTimes)
  • Rapper Takes BART (EastBayTimes)
  • Fruitvale’s ‘Cycles of Change’ (Hoodline)
  • Bike Share Chaos (SFChron)
  • What Uber/Lyft Drivers Really Earn (SFChron)
  • Uber and Lyft Add Healthcare Transportation (SFExaminer)
  • Amtrak Capital Corridor Delayed by Freight Derailment (SFGate)
  • Pedestrian Killed at 5th Street Onramp (SFExaminer)
  • Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest Winner (MassTransit)
  • Commentary: Chariot Should Compete with the Bus (SFExaminer)

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  • mx

    “Muni Testing Three-Car Trains”

    Let’s just fire up the ol’ Streetsblog search, shall we?

    Sep 23, 2013: Muni Metro to Launch Double-Train Loading, Three-Car Trains in October

    Feb 7, 2017: Arriving soon: Three-car N-Judah trains

    How many years are we supposed to tolerate being lied to by SFMTA?

  • Jeffrey Baker

    I think we did get double berthing at Embarcadero, inbound AM peak only. But the rest of it is lies, yeah. Forever.

  • Double berthing is hit or miss. Absolutely no rhyme or reason. Sometimes a train will stop twice at CC inbound, then once at Powell, then twice at Montgomery. Or only stop once at all three stations. Or any combination of stopping. I’ve also seen double berthing take place outbound as well which completely throws off everyone on the platform because they don’t know if the train is going to stop once or twice. Or not at all. Meanwhile, the trains back up in the tunnels during peak anyway.

  • david vartanoff

    Double berthing was a pointless idea and total waste of effort. Muni’s problem from the get go is trying to achieve throughput of a train every 2 minutes–apparently difficult with the various junk technologies they employ. I say this because 60 years ago Chicago Transit Authority was able to schedule AND operate trains in their State St subway 2 minutes apart with 1940s technology and skilled train operators.
    Exacerbating Muni’s difficulties is their methodology at Embarcadero. Trains reversing there could be speeded up with better procedures.

  • mx

    The situation at Embarcadero has long been one of my pet peeves. How much time could be saved if Muni just managed to ensure trains didn’t sit there, blocking the tunnel and hundreds of people behind, for extended periods of time while waiting for an operator to wander over? Trains pull in, the operator gets off, and then nothing happens until someone new eventually shows up. The station is already full of metro rail supervisors; they should actually, um, supervise and prevent delays. It would cost nothing.

    As a sidenote, what’s with the stupidly slow doors on the new trains? The trains are nice, but the extra delay feels so unnecessary. Everyone I know who has been on them has commented on it.

  • Decades old technology and skilled train operators…now that’s where Muni stumbles.

    In a nutshell, the Muni Metro system that emerged in the late 70s is pretty much the same as Boston’s Green Line that was built in 1900. A big downtown section was put underground while multiple surface lines merge via a couple portals. Central Subway is following suit.