Night Business: Warning Parties Create Roadblocks for Late-Night Transit

By Rachel Swan: sfweekly – excerpt

When Supervisor Scott Wiener called for a Late Night Transportation Working Group to address the dearth of transportation options for people working graveyard shifts, he envisioned a motley battalion coming together for a noble cause. Labor organizers, cab drivers, car-hire services, public transit agencies, and nightlife employers all have a vested interest in San Franciscans having a safe way home after dark, he thought. And surely they can agree on ways to accomplish that.

But setting up a task force in a sphere as balkanized as transportation might be a tall order. Wiener found that out the hard way, when he convened the first meeting of the disparate interest groups on April 14. He’d invited representatives from all the major transit lines and the app-based Transportation Network Companies. He’d asked the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to invite drivers and managers of cab companies.

The meeting quickly devolved into bickering over who gets to make decisions and dispense resources in a highly cutthroat market. Wiener had essentially called upon feudal warlords to broker a government peace negotiation… (more)

Expanding taxis and shuttles and allowing private vehicles to use Muni-only lanes after rush hour is the least expensive way to increase transit after hours, but cost and public safety is not a consideration when your number one goal is to force cars off the street, so no doubt the only solution they will consider will costs the city more money.

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