Creating ‘Tech shuttle’ hubs would reduce conflicts with Muni buses

By sfexaminer – excerpt (includes maps of possible hub locations)

Moving tech shuttle pickups off of San Francisco streets and into so-called “hubs” would reduce shuttle conflicts with Muni buses and significantly decrease shuttle presence in neighborhoods.

But doing so would come with steep tradeoffs, perhaps placing thousands of cars back on the road by tech employees who may not find the hubs convenient and stop riding the shuttles…

Those are among the findings of a much-anticipated report on the impact of creating tech shuttle hubs, released by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency last Friday.

The current Commuter Shuttle Program, as run by the SFMTA, is a voluntary regulatory program that 17 shuttle companies and 789 vehicles are registered to abide by. This encompasses inter-city hospital shuttles as well as the infamous tech shuttles, which transport tech workers to Silicon Valley and back during commuter hours.

Currently those shuttles weave in and out of neighborhoods to pick up passengers at 110 stops across San Francisco, though many stops are concentrated in Noe Valley, the Mission, and other neighborhoods favored by tech workers… (more)

To this argument: Tech employees who may not find the hubs convenient and stop riding the shuttles…”

I reply: Indeed removal of the local street tech routes MAY stop some people from riding shuttles, if they have to take a Muni or other service to get to the hubs. But, they MAY NOT as well. If we can test for one option, why not test for the other? A six month test that removes tech buses from small city streets such as 24th Street, is just as reasonable a proposition as a test six months “anything goes” pilot project, is is not?

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Creating ‘Tech shuttle’ hubs would reduce conflicts with Muni buses

  1. I posted a link to this shuttle program a few articles back. The whole idea from the beginning was always shuttle hubs. However they needed some story or bs to back it up. By purposley using a conflict with muni pissing muni riders off that will definetly be in support of moving them.

    Look out for the sfmta stooge non profit transit riders union come out in full support of this as they would like to keep “access to their transit riders”.

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  2. No, it WILL eliminate thousands of riders from the shuttles. If you add 30 minutes or more to everyone’s commute each direction, we’re going to go straight back to their cars. DUH!

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  3. “But doing so would come with steep tradeoffs, perhaps placing thousands of cars back on the road by tech employees who may not find the hubs convenient and stop riding the shuttles…”

    Well hello it’s 2017! These are tech people, they know how use a pc, cellphones, apps, etc. So they can find hubs convenient or not.

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