The Transit future we need
We’re fighting for the public transit we need to get where we’re going.
Call on our city leaders to build the future of Muni!
To Mayor London Breed, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and SFMTA:
Public transit is at the foundation of San Francisco’s economy, a key solution for our climate goals, and at the core of a more equitable, accessible, livable city.
If Muni is not there when people need and want it, if they can’t count on it for fast and reliable trips, or if they don’t understand what service exists, they will find other ways to get around.
Losing ridership will send us backwards in our work for equity and sustainability – it will also mean less revenue for Muni, creating more service cuts. This can start a transit death spiral where increasingly more riders abandon transit, further dropping revenues, leading to more cuts.
The vicious cycle hurts everyone, but especially people who have no other options to get around.
We call on our city leaders to take bold action to build the transit future we need:
Bring back all Muni lines
We need to be able to get around town – to jobs, to school, to go shopping, to see friends and family, to access open spaces, to access services. If SFMTA allows the use of more overtime while they hire new operators, and the demand for downtown commute trips stays low, Muni could return service on all lines. We ask SFMTA to provide a plan to restore all Muni routes by this winter.
To the extent SFMTA needs to phase in returning service this year, they should prioritize closing Muni coverage gaps, extending evening service hours, and serving the needs of communities of color, lower income riders, people with disabilities, seniors, and youth.
Give Muni priority on the streets
This is the original meaning of San Francisco’s transit-first policy – to prioritize space on our streets for public transit. Transit-only lanes keep Muni out of traffic, so trips are quicker. Transit lanes make Muni more reliable, by removing delays that can lead to buses bunching together or cause gaps in service. Transit-only lanes also allow for more efficient service, because a bus that finishes a run sooner can do more runs in a day.
SFMTA needs to continue the success of the temporary transit lane program and quickly install transit-only lanes in a way that creates a useful network to connect all neighborhoods. Quick-build projects and pilot projects can get riders moving who are most impacted by Muni delays and lack of service. When creating the final projects, outreach and input should center transit riders, especially those most dependent on service.
Many of Muni’s problems stem from chronic underfunding – which means our train system runs on a floppy disk and there isn’t enough money to hire bus drivers.
We need our city leaders to champion funding measures that are progressive, stable, and scaled to the need and urgency to rebuild Muni. We call for funding to support a transit system that encourages transit use with affordable fares and frequent, reliable service. Muni ridership on Rapid routes has increased 22%, despite a nationwide decline in ridership. We need funding for a network of Rapid service that connects all communities with cross-town travel times of 30 minutes or less by 2030. Learn more about our 30×30 vision.
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