SFMTA puts bus reroute on hold to weigh rider concerns

By Laura Wenus, Fran Taylor : sfgate – excerpt – (video on vimeo)

The city’s transit authority has put a contentious reroute of the 33-Ashbury on hold after concerned riders and riders with mobility restrictions voiced concerns that the change would limit accessibility to San Francisco General Hospital.

The 33 Ashbury/18th Street currently travels from the Richmond through the Haight, Castro, and inner Mission, finally turning down Potrero Avenue to the hospital. A proposed Muni Forward reroute keeps the 33 on 16th Street past Potrero to the Dogpatch, requiring riders traveling to the public hospital to transfer to the 9 San Bruno.

Patients and staff at SFGH, neighbors, and advocates for seniors and people with disabilities have all voiced objections to the plan to take the 33 off Potrero…

Opponents of the route change have pointed out that Medi-Cal regulations require that medical services be offered within 10 miles or 30 minutes travel time from a patient’s residence. In compact San Francisco, the 10 mile stipulation presents no problem, but…READ MORE… (more)

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