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Muni’s new hybrids sputter into service

Muni’s new hybrids sputter into service (via SFBay)

Riders will start seeing new buses on San Francisco streets this week after city and transit officials unveiled Muni’s new fleet of hybrid buses near Pier 48. The 62 new biodiesel-electric hybrid buses will help replace Muni’s aging fleet of motor coaches, which have been service for more than…

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Posted by on June 19, 2013 in Mayor's Office, MUNI, SFMTA

 

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Increase in rear door boardings on Muni helps cut boarding times

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Photo by flickr user Confetti.

Muni riders seem to be getting used to the all-door boarding policy. More and more riders are boarding the back of the buses since the implementation of the policy six months ago, which means less time waiting at bus stops during boarding times.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency says 51 percent of passengers are now boarding the back of the bus. The transit agency surveyed bus stops with at least passengers boarding. It looked at bus routes from its express/shuttle, rapid, community and local, which all showed an increase in rear door boardings.

A six-month report from the transit agency also says that dwell times at bus stops during boardings have decreased because of the increase of rear door boardings. As much as four seconds were saved per stop at bus stops with at least 10 passengers boarding. As many riders know, every second counts when it comes to getting somewhere on time.

Majority of complaints about the policy are mostly related to drivers not opening the back doors, and express riders are still not fond of the policy. Overall, complaints are down since the policy went into effect in July last year.

Muni says the fare evasion rate is down from 4.6 percent (July 2011 through Jan. 2012) to 3.5 percent (July 2012 through Jan. 2013). Muni ramped up its enforcement last year by hiring 11 transit fare inspectors to ensure riders that they will be checked for proof of payment at anytime, on any bus.

Fare inspectors handed out 40,262 citations to riders without proof of payment between July 2012 through Jan. 2013, which is an 87 percent increase (21,476 citations) between July 2011 through Jan. 2012.

The transit agency says it will perform a more comprehensive report, which will include running times for selected routes, a citation and enforcement update and a look at revenue.

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2013 in MUNI, SFMTA

 

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MTC committee moves forward three funding options for transit youth fare programs

Supervisor David Campos talks with San Francisco youth outside the Metropolitan Transportation Commission office. (Photo by Jerold Chinn)

San Francisco youth will have to wait two weeks for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to decide on whether or not to fully fund the city’s request of $5 million for a 22-month pilot program to hand out free Muni Fast Passes for low-income youth.

Commissioners met Wednesday to discuss three funding options that not only include the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency program, but also the Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and Alameda County (AC Transit) who are also requesting funds to support similar programs.

Santa Clara County wants funding to hand out discounted monthly passes for low-income adults who do not qualify for transportation benefits. The authority is requesting $2 million for the 24-month pilot program.

Alameda County Transportation Commission wants to rejuvenate its student pass program. In 2002, the commission funded a program that provided free bus passes for low-income middle and high school students, and reduced the cost of the youth monthly pass. After the first year, the program was halted because of AC Transit’s financial situation. Alameda is requesting $500,000 for development of its project and $4.5 million.

All three options were moved forward to the full MTC commission without no recommendation from the MTC committee. The commission will meet again on July 25.

Funding Options
1. Focus on the San Francisco pilot project , but reserve funds from the OneBayArea climate program in the future for pilot programs for Alameda and Santa Clara counties.

2. Fund the San Francisco program ($4 million) and Santa Clara ($1 million). The option would also provide $500,000 to Alameda County to develop its student pass program. Alameda also has a transportation sales tax measure this November. If it passes, the county could get as much as $2.5 million as a match to local money.

3. The last option is start the planning for a regional reduced fare program for low-income youth. Funding though would potentially not be ready until 2013-2014. The details of the program include providing low-income youth with a 50 percent discount of monthly passes.

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2012 in MUNI, SFMTA

 

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Muni expanding traffic camera program

Published 05/21/12
San Francisco Public Press

Drivers who think they will not get caught driving in a transit-only lanes in San Francisco might want to avoid driving or parking in front of a Muni bus.

The city’s Municipal Transportation Agency reports that its agents wrote 3,052 citations in 2011 to drivers who travelled in dedicated bus lanes in the Financial District and Chinatown thanks in part to cameras mounted on 30 Muni buses. The year before, agents wrote 2,102 citations.

Since it worked so well for two years, Muni plans to add 300 more cameras in the summer of next. The goal is to eventually have them on the entire 1,000-plus bus fleet.

John Haley, director of Muni operations, said the pilot program, launched in 2008, was a success. The cameras, which are placed forward-facing on Muni buses, images cars either parking or driving in transit-only lanes. Two parking control officers review the footage to identify license plates and write the citations.

Fines range from $60 for driving in transit lanes to $105 for parking in them. The increase in citations generated about $314,000 in 2011.

The transit agency plans to expand the transit-only lane network, separating the car and bus lanes on Mission and 16th streets, in 2014. That was one recommendation from the Transit Effectiveness Project, a plan to speed up some of Muni’s busiest transit corridors.

Citations written in the last three years (and revenue generated):

2009 — 1,311 ($186,742)

2010 — 2,102 ($219,254)

2011 — 3,052 ($314,385)

Source: SFMTA 

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2012 in MUNI

 

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Man struck by Muni train dies

Muni stations were closed for several hours on Monday to investigate a train that hit a man in the late morning at the Civic Center station platform. Photo by Jerold Chinn.

Update 04/25/11:
The SF Examiner reports that the man hit by a Muni train was identified as Daniel Dillen of San Francisco. He was 62. It’s still unclear how Dillen made contact with the train at Civic Center station late Monday morning.

Original Post:
A man in a wheelchair has died after being struck by a Muni light-rail vehicle at the Civic Center station around 11:30 a.m. Monday. The man, possibly in his 50s or 60s, died at the hospital after suffering severe injuries to his left, according to Muni spokesman Paul Rose.

Muni service was shut down for at least two hours between West Portal and Embarcadero stations while the San Francisco Police Department and Muni officials investigated at the scene of the accident. There’s still no word yet on how the man was hit by the Muni train.

Rose said they will be reviewing video surveillance on the station platform and on the Muni vehicle that struck the man to find out what happened. The police department will be working jointly with the transit agency on the investigation, according to the SF Examiner.

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2012 in MUNI

 

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