San Francisco has proclaimed itself to be a Transit First city, and as a point for debate, discussion and protest, our local transit system tops many lists. But the city’s Municipal Railway system of buses, streetcars, trolleys and cable cars are failing to meet the minimum standards of service set by voters in 1999: that Muni strive for a minimum of 85 percent on-time service.
The San Francisco Public Press is examining Muni’s ongoing on-time performance problems from a number of angles. Areas we’re exploring include scheduling, the NextBus system, figuring out who’s held accountable for poor performance, future goals, plans for drastically altering the city’s streetscape to improve transit, and how system audits are handled.
We’re evaluating Muni’s slowest routes to spell out the problems faced by riders and operators alike – and explaining how old-fashioned slow traffic makes hi-tech scheduling devices inaccurate. We’ll also look at the working conditions that Muni operators face, ranging from assaults to the pressure of performance standards.
Our reporters will produce a package of stories and graphics on Muni slated to appear in the fall edition of our quarterly print newspaper and then online at sfpublicpress.org.