Muni announced this week that it is making some pretty significant service changes on June 30 to improve access to downtown and Caltrain. This was in part due to the public feedback on the T-Third’s troubled start of service as well as the discontinuance of the 15-Third north of Market Street. (Chronicle report here.) The N-Judah will go back to Caltrain, the Castro Shuttle will be restored, and the new 20-Columbus will be a new rush hour service from North Beach to downtown replacing the 15 north of Market.
About thirty or forty Muni riders attended the town hall meeting held in response to an online petition complaining about service problems and route changes associated with the startup of the T-Third line. A good number of Rescue Muni members were among the attendees.
MTA Executive Director/CEO Nathaniel Ford outlined the agency’s action plan to deal with service reliability problemsâ€”increasing operator availability, dealing with bottleneck intersections, etc.â€”and promised a preliminary answer within a week to service design concerns raised at the meeting. He emphasized that he wanted to find the right answers to the problems before taking final action.
Attendees, many of whom were transit commuters who live outside the city, made a number of comments and concerns. Here’s a list of the ones I managed to jot down during the meeting; there were quite a few good points raised. I apologize in advance for any omissions or errors. Note that this is a summary of the speakers’ opinions, and doesn’t necessarily represent the views of Rescue Muni, nor those of our evil puppetmasters. Read the rest of this entry »