Today’s Headlines

  • More on Uber Pedestrian Death (SFChronEastBayTimes, NYTimes)
  • Transbay Transit Center Opening Pushed Back to August (SFGate)
  • More Details on Yesterday’s BART Delays (SFGate)
  • N-Judah Riders to See More Frequent Trains (SFExaminer)
  • More on Money for Seawall Repair (Curbed)
  • Mayoral Candidates Plans for Homeless (Curbed)
  • Mill Valley to Study Single-lane Configuration of Miller Road (MarinIJ)
  • Transamerica Pyramid Won’t Remove Trees (Hoodline)
  • Faces of BART (EastBayTimes)
  • Commentary: Don’t Stall AVs Because of a ‘Mishap’ (EastBayTimes)
  • Commentary: HSR’s Moving Target (SFChron)
  • Commentary: Housing Legislation can Make a Difference (SFExaminer)

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  • david vartanoff

    Running Ns every 4 minutes, which would not be necessary if they ran 3 car trains, means lower service levels on the other 4 lines. If Muni could sustain a train every 2 minutes, what we see is N,K,N,L,N,M,N,J,N,K. That means each of the other lines has a 16 minute wait. Perhaps the SFMTA Board members should spend some time at Embarcadero in evening rush watching what actually occurs. And they should wear bright vests identifying themselves to riders in order to encourage input.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    The only path forward for Muni is to run 4-car trains under market and make everyone transfer to the other lines above ground.

  • Thank you! Running 3-car trains on the surface in mixed traffic stopping every two or three blocks will be worse than running 2-car trains. Market St. subway needs longer train sets and everything else on the surface should remain on the surface. This will also eliminate redundancies on the surface. For example, combine the M/L route. An inbound L becomes an outbound M at West Portal. The subway will be able to handle higher volumes more frequently with longer train sets. The Embarcadero platforms can handle 3-car sets so trains can run to 4th/King. It would be ideal if the J ran underground between Dolores Park and San Jose Ave so that the J/N could be combined with 2-car sets (stations at 24th and 30th Sts.). These surface lines would create mega transfer stations at both West Portal and Church St. The beauty of it is that at any point they can still enter the subway if there is an emergency or other need.

  • david vartanoff

    The N has exclusive ROW 9th to 19th Aves; thus 3 or 4 car trains in that stretch are fine. The crunch point is from 9th to the Sunset Tunnel. It may be necessary to Red Paint the tracks for rush hour, and build a stoplight preventing cars from exiting or entering the UCSF garage when they would block trains. West of 19th the exclusive ROW could be built as originally planned and there we are.
    IF Muni were not so untrustworthy, we could have 4 car trains to 19th with the two lead cars finishing the outer segment.
    As far as the WP lines,sure, a 4 car train splitting