Today’s Headlines

  • Muni’s 90-day Plan to Improve Service (SFExaminer)
  • Muni to Upgrade ‘NextBus’ Tech (SFExaminer, SFChron)
  • Muni Meltdown 2018 (MissionLocal)
  • Finishing the Summer of Muni (Curbed)
  • Driver Hits Pedestrian in Sunset District (SFExaminer)
  • ‘Love our City’ Cleanup (Hoodline)
  • More on plans for Remainder of Bay Bridge (SFChron)
  • Courts Rule it’s Not a Crime to Sleep on the Street (SFChron)
  • Supervisors Defend Gas Tax (SFWeekly)
  • More on California’s Push towards Renewable Energy (SFChron)
  • Commentary: Get Ready for the Return of the Scooters (SFChron)

Get state headlines at Streetsblog CA, national headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Wasn’t the TEP supposed to have taken care of Muni “problems?” Guess not.
    Muni is crap and always will be crap. No wonder people are choosing ride hailing services over inconsistent and failing transit service.

  • thielges

    I wouldn’t condemn Muni to permanent failure. There are plenty of cities that offer better transit (some even in the USA!) and no reason why SF can’t do better. If there are core organizational or political issues, then fix that.

  • shamelessly

    Muni has gotten progressively better over the 25 years I’ve been riding it. It hasn’t happened all at once, and it happens in small steps. But I’ve seen sensible bus route consolidation (so I don’t have to wonder whether to wait on Valencia or run a block over for a Mission bus), bus-only lanes, implementation of contactless fare media (Clipper cards), and newer more comfortable buses and subway trains for a start. Looking forward to the opening of bus rapid transit on Van Ness soon, and on Geary down the line. Our city is constantly evolving, and Muni evolves with it. It doesn’t happen overnight, but it does happen.

  • The same core issues continue to plague our city and affect its riders. If SFMTA doesn’t know how the fix the problems then bring in a team who can. As for Shamelessly’s comment…Muni doesn’t evolve with the ever-changing city. If it had, we would have a robust network of rail lines and seamless transfer points.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    Last week I spent 40 minutes going from Folsom to Embarcadero on the N, an average of less than 1MPH. Because they have the same trains, control systems, and operating procedures they had 20 years ago. Muni is a disaster.

  • City Resident

    It’s worth giving credit where credit is due. As others have pointed out, Muni has noticeably improved although much work still needs to be done.

  • Aren’t we still waiting for signal priority along the T?
    I’m not sure what’s worse. Muni’s excuses for not providing a reasonable transit service or people’s excuses for Muni not providing a reasonable transit service. Yes, having a real transit system costs money. If the public funds aren’t there to build and maintain then look to private funding. We got a lot of wealthy companies in our 7×7 grid that can pony up.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    To say that we’re “waiting for it” would seem to imply that they are planning to do it, which they are not.

  • embarcadero

    Except that Muni is already the most extravagantly funded transit system in the country, on the basis of the subsidy-per-ride number

  • Flatlander

    This is factually incorrect, as Muni’s farebox recovery ratio is right in the middle of most large cities in the US, and that number doesn’t even benefit from the more profitable Caltrain and BART systems, whereas in many cities the same agency would operate those commuter routes.

  • Ah, but we were told that they were planning to do it. So, in a sense, we are waiting for it. But, you’re correct in that they are not planning to do it.

  • As we all know Muni has never done a good job of handling its finances. (When in doubt, raise fares and cut service.) If its funding is so well padded then it needs to be accountable for its financial problems and explain why we aren’t getting a stellar transit system.

  • Stuart

    how people convince themselves of something so factually wrong

    What makes you think RichLL believes the misinformation he posts? He has a long history of posting ‘alternative facts’, being proven objectively wrong with citations to authoritative sources, and then showing up the next time the same topic comes repeating the same lies.

  • mx

    Have they now said that there’s no plan to do it anymore? Was there any reason given?

    That’s not doubting you or sarcasm; I’m legitimately curious when/how it got dropped or if they studied it and determined it wouldn’t be a significant improvement, if you happen to know. I wasn’t able to find anything.

  • embarcadero

    A muni ride averages about $10 a ride in costs. The fare is about a quarter of that.

    A 75% subsidy is high and $10 a ride iis the highest in the nation