LRV4 Tracker

Since December 2017, Muni has been adding the new LRV4 trains into the fleet alongside the existing Breda LRVs. We thought it would be fun to watch the rollout in realtime and built a handy tracking tool. This map shows the locations of the new trains and the lines that they’re operating on.

Safe Routes to Transit

We’re collaborating with Walk SF on Safe Routes to Transit: Door to Door, Not Just Stop to Stop, a campaign focused on creating safer access for people walking to public transit. We have the opportunity to shape what transit and pedestrian safety will look like in the Tenderloin and Outer Mission/Excelsior neighborhoods, and to empower neighbors to advocate for the improvements they want to see.

Ride Audits

Ride Audits are a focus group tool that we developed with help from our friends at TransitCenter. We recruit everyday riders to participate in our Ride Audits – from outreach at bus stops to working with local community groups. Participants evaluate routes, stops, bus shelters, and their experience on bus. They get to share and discuss their observations directly with us and with planners from SFMTA.

Rapid Geary

Geary Boulevard has seen some great improvements in recent years. From the new fleet of low-floor buses, to more frequent service, to the red Transit-Only Lanes (TOLs) downtown, the capacity of the 38 and 38R Geary buses has increased and the travel time has decreased. However, buses are still too crowded, too slow, and Geary Boulevard is still too dangerous.

BRT Coming to Van Ness

Some of our earliest concerted advocacy was for the Van Ness BRT. If it weren’t for our dedicated volunteers who were there when it counted, we would likely have ended up with a watered-down side-running rapid line. (Keeping it center-running is key to keeping it out of traffic conflicts, resulting in a faster, smoother ride.)

Funding for Transit

We’re always working behind the scenes with an allied coalition to secure sustainable funding for public transit. As ballot measures come up, we activate our members to support transit funding.

Transit Week

Transit Week is our signature celebration of public transportation and all who ride it. Join us in September for reaching out to riders, thanking them, and a variety of events and activities.

22-Day Muni Challenge

We invited the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors, and other city officials to ride Muni for 22 days in June, 2015 to better understand the rider’s daily experience and prioritize funding and planning a more reliable, robust, and visionary transit system.

All-Door Boarding

San Francisco Transit Riders members proposed an all-door boarding pilot program to SFMTA in fall 2011. The agency put the policy change before the MTA Board which, after testimony by SFTR members, ultimately adopted the proposal.

LRV4 Tracker


Since December 2017, Muni has been adding the new LRV4 trains into the fleet alongside the existing Breda LRVs.

We thought it would be fun to watch the rollout in realtime and built a handy tracking tool. This map shows the locations of the new trains and the lines that they’re operating on.

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Safe Routes to Transit


Door to Door, Not Just Stop to Stop.

Our partnership with Walk San Francisco aims to deepen the connections between transit and walkability, and to empower community members to speak up as both transit riders and pedestrians.

Transit trips are door to door, not just stop to stop. Prioritizing safety while accessing transit, while on the bus, and for all the moments in between is vital for the mobility of everyone – especially populations that don’t drive, such as youth, seniors, and those with disabilities.

We’ve successfully conducted our first Ride and Walk Audit for the 27 Bryant, and have started reaching out to community-based organizations in the Tenderloin and Outer Mission/Excelsior for deeper collaboration. We’re popping up in the neighborhoods at different bus stops and intersections to hear directly from you how we can make your access to transit safer.

We have plenty in store for the rest of the year, so stay tuned!  If you want to get involved or learn more about the campaign, shoot us an email.

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Ride Audits


We have conducted four separate Ride Audits from Visitacion Valley, to the Tenderloin, to Geary Boulevard. And more are being planned.

Ride Audits are a focus group tool that we developed with help from our friends at TransitCenter. We are now collaborating with Walk SF on expanding the lense to look at a broader picture of pedestrian and rider concerns – all riders are also pedestrians, after all!

We recruit everyday riders to participate in our Ride Audits – from outreach at bus stops to working with local community groups. Participants reflect a range of ages, abilities, socioeconomic contexts, and cultural groups. These riders get to evaluate routes, stops, bus shelters, and their experience on bus. They get to share and discuss their observations directly with us and with planners from SFMTA.

Ride Audits can truly inform transit and street improvements, getting planners to understand the daily challenges riders and pedestrians face while they work to design a better system for us all. It is our most specific, in-depth way to raise the rider’s voice!

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Rapid Geary


Geary Boulevard has seen some great improvements in recent years. From the new fleet of low-floor buses, to more frequent service, to the red Transit-Only Lanes (TOLs) downtown, the capacity of the 38 and 38R Geary buses has increased and the travel time has decreased. However, it has not become a true BRT, as we hoped, due to vocal opposition, lack of political will, and lack of funding. Buses are still too crowded, too slow, and Geary Boulevard is still too dangerous.

We support the current Geary Rapid plans from Market Street to Stanyan, with a couple of possible exceptions (see below). We are looking forward to the pedestrian safety improvements, including bulbs and refuges on the median. We agree that making the number of travel lanes consistent will ease speeding and bottlenecking. We eagerly look forward to the end of utility construction, smooth pavement, and red TOLs to safely whisk riders along. SFMTA anticipates construction to start in fall of 2018, to be completed in 2020.

In spring and summer of 2018, we’ll be making sure the rider’s voice is heard, and that this modest project is not delayed or watered down further.

Some areas of concern:

  • Should the 38R stop at Spruce St. be removed? This leaves a large gap between stops, from Masonic to Arguello.
  • Should the boarding island proposed at the eastbound stop at Laguna and Geary be a bus bulb for more safety? There are apparently challenges with the road incline and conflicting right-turning vehicles.
  • According to SFMTA, all stops will have shelters with NextMuni information. Shall we push for shelter improvements? Higher seats, lower maps, more area-specific information (nearby transfers and alternatives)? Other ideas?

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BRT Coming to Van Ness


Some of our earliest concerted advocacy was for the Van Ness BRT. If it weren’t for our dedicated volunteers who were there when it counted, we would likely have ended up with a watered-down side-running rapid line. (Keeping it center-running is key to keeping it out of traffic conflicts, resulting in a faster, smoother ride.) We also held a forum on Van Ness BRT so that transit riders could speak directly with agency officials about the project.

We have representation on the Citizens’ Advisory Council and we’re keeping an eye on the project, eagerly waiting for it to be done. Sadly but perhaps predictably, the project is behind schedule.

We feel many of the delays are avoidable and have to do with how SFMTA projects are implemented – something in how contracts are managed, how projects are overseen, how contractors perform. We continue to push for ways to improve the process so large projects can get done without the extra headache, disruption, and cost of longer construction times.

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Funding for Transit


In the November 2014 election, education and outreach by SF Transit Riders helped to successfully secure major funding for Muni with Propositions A and B. We also helped squarely defeat the anti-transit, pro-parking Proposition L.

Prop. A authorized up to $500 million in borrowing for Muni capital improvements. Prop. B directs funds to SFMTA for Muni and increased street safety. Significantly, Prop. B Muni funds can only be spent on increasing service: either buying more buses and trains, or paying to increase service on the street.

In 2016, we helped a coalition campaign for Props J and K – Prop J directed funds to be spent on homeless services and public transit; Prop K raised those funds through a sales tax. Prop K lost, so although Prop J won handily, it never went into effect without the sales tax funds.

We continue to work with an allied coalition on legislation to fund public transportation in a sustainable, growing way. We support Regional Measure 3; we’ll fight the gas tax repeal; and we’re developing a framework to secure major regional funding along the scope of that recently passed by Seattle and Los Angeles.

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Transit Week


September is time for Transit Week! We developed this as a week to get out on the streets, talk to and THANK all the riders we can reach, thank the drivers that get us around town safely – to build our community of transit riders!

Most folks stuck on the bus don’t think of themselves as anything special. But they are! Because of the folks on the bus, there are that many fewer cars on the road. More people on transit means better air quality, less noise, safer streets, and, it’s been shown, healthier people! A stronger transit system benefits not just transit riders, but all San Franciscans.

So we take the opportunity to celebrate riders for a whole week, featuring different neighborhoods, different modes, different activities. Stay tuned for what we have in store for 2018!

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22-Day Muni Challenge


Participating officials tweeted while riding, walking to, or waiting for transit every day for those 22 days, posting it to Twitter with photos using the hashtag #OnBoardSF.

The challenge ran from Monday, June 1st to Monday, June 22nd, one day for each of the years since 1993 when San Francisco voters passed Proposition AA: “City officials and full-time employees [shall] travel to and from work on public transit at least twice a week.” 22 years later, this policy agreement has never been acted on, and this is a chance to make up for lost time!

When they regularly ride public transit, city officials better understand the rider’s daily experience and prioritize funding and planning a more reliable, robust, and visionary transit system to support it. This is an opportunity for our city officials to promote their own commitment to public transportation, showcasing that they care about the future of Muni.

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All-Door Boarding


San Francisco Transit Riders members proposed an all-door boarding pilot program to SFMTA in fall 2011. The agency put the policy change before the MTA Board which, after testimony by SFTR members, ultimately adopted the proposal.

All-Door Boarding has decreased boarding times on many routes, including by 17.9% on the 1AX-California and 8% on the 38-Geary.

SFTR received an award from Livable City for our success implementing this policy change, and All-Door Boarding was voted the Best Livable Streets story on Streetsblog in 2012.

Through our campaign work, we proposed the pilot program, created and distributed 2,500 informational brochures to inform riders about All-Door Boarding, and successfully worked with the SFMTA to see that it was implemented.

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