Report on Muni’s light-rail trains is latest bad news for agency

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Muni’s light-rail trains, which collectively carry more than 150,000 passengers each day, posted an on-time performance rate of just under 50 percent in May, according to a recent report that is the latest of several pieces of disconcerting news about the transit agency.
Officials from the transit agency acknowledge the systemic problems, including aging trains and the rundown tracks, but say upcoming fixes may correct some of the issues.
On average, Muni’s light-rail vehicles break down once every 25 to 30 days, and the agency has few reserve vehicles to immediately put into service, according to John Haley, director of transit for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which runs Muni. The 151 trains that comprise Muni’s light-rail fleet should have been completely overhauled about five to six years ago, but that never happened, which is why they’re so prone to breakdowns, Haley said…
The run-down condition of the agency’s trackways also lead to slower train speeds. In addition, a large confluence of bottlenecks — such as the intersection at Fourth and King streets — results in numerous delays. Scheduling for the lines — which carry passengers at street level and below the ground — has not been updated for the current operating conditions, and the agency lacks enough supervisors to monitor performance, Haley said…
One of the solutions for light-rail problems not listed on Haley’s report is seat reconfiguration. Supervisors Scott Wiener and London Breed issued a letter to Muni Transportation Director Ed Reiskin on Friday, asking him to consider rearranging train seats for more capacity… (more)

“the agency lacks enough supervisors to monitor performance”, according to Haley…

They also lack engineers, mechanics and parts, and the ability to keep the the light-rails moving. In fact, the only thing the SFMTA seems to be any good at is infuriating drivers and riders and creating traffic jams. They get an “A” in harassing the public; an “F” in running the Muni.

Now the Supervisors want to remove seats from the trains? How safe is that? Do you really want kids and the elderly standing on trains instead of sitting? Cars are required to have seat belts. Buses are not. Kids in cars are required to be securely belted into car seats. Now you want those same kids to stand on the bus handing onto the seat? Not everyone can reach those high overhead bars, and not everyone can stand up on a fast-moving bus.


2 thoughts on “Report on Muni’s light-rail trains is latest bad news for agency

  1. Posted for reader:

    I just found this article (“Report on Muni’s light-rail trains is latest bad news for agency”)… Supervisor Wiener wants Muni to consider having seats only on the periphery of the Muni units.
    This idea was Wiener’s response to a report on the inefficiency issues with Muni service. If he does take all the seats out except around the edges (like New York’s subway trains):
    · Will all these seats (however few that will be left) be for people under ADA and for seniors?
    · Will people jump ship (Muni) and drive since they can’t sit after a hard day’s work?
    · What will be the impact for people who are not permanently disabled or senior but may have issues and have to sit?
    Could it be that he doesn’t want the seats on Muni because we’re going to have 280,000 more people in SF by 2040 and there won’t be enuf $ in Muni to service all the people (that’s why we’ll have 73,000 more cars) but he thought this up as part of the “solution” to Muni’s inefficiency issues?
    Maybe this seating configuration is used in New York’s subway trains, but we do not have a subway system where the trains are totally underground and have no factors to slow them down.
    – Rose


  2. Posted for a reader:

    Seat Reconfiguration
    If this seat reconfiguration idea goes thru to cram as many people as possible, reduce the number of Muni units running (and thus making it cheaper for SFMTA)
    I do not understand why the Muni fast pass costs are again being jacked up (I think starting July) — besides the fact that Muni is not making $ or the $ is not being prioritized to run Muni. I think there will be pushback from higher Muni fares and less likely chance of being able to get a seat. Where’s the common sense in this big Muni plan? I must be missing something.
    – Rose


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