They Don’t Want an App for That – excerpt

The venerable San Francisco Civil Grand Jury is out today with their report detailing possible solutions to the San Francisco Municipal Railway’sswitchback” problems.
“Switchback” is what Muni calls it when they stop a streetcar or bus before the end of the run, kick out the passengers to wait for the next vehicle, and then head back in the opposite direction…

You can read the Grand Jury’s report and recommendations here. You can also read the Muni’s rapid response below.
But what is worth a detailed read is the report’s finding that the Muni turned down a free iPad app using GPS to help track vehicles and avoid switchbacks. The Muni said it didn’t have the budget for the iPads needed to make the app work…


Who does Muni work for? They can’t afford a few iPads to help their customers, but they can afford a few billion dollars worth of public debt to put in the Central Subway for the wealthy landowners and bankers who will profit most handsomely from the up-zone of the transit corridor about the subway.

Thanks to Phil Ting’s resetsanfrancsico for this story that the media seems to have missed.

SFMTA issues statement regarding use of switchbacks – excerpt

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board Chairman Tom Nolan and Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin issued a statement on the San Francisco Civil Grand Jury Report, “Better Muni Service Needed, Without Switchbacks.”

Nolan stated, “Managing a public transportation system in a city such as San Francisco is quite challenging and requires staff to balance multiple and competing needs. When I joined the board, I had an extensive background with several transit agencies, yet it still took time for me to recognize all of the nuances that go into managing this unique system. The Civil Grand Jury report recommendations and findings reveal how tough it is to get a good understanding of the system. This lack of understanding has unfortunately resulted in a report that is superficial at best.”…


Ever wonder why people don’t take the Muni? Maybe they don’t understand the system either.

San Francisco agency’s leaders respond to report critical of Muni’s ‘switchback’ use
Civil Grand Jury Blasts SF Muni ‘Switchback’ Passenger Offloads

The civil grand jury’s entire report on Muni switchbacks is available at:

Civil Grand Jury slams Muni switchbacks; Muni swings back

Rachel Gordon : SFGate – excerpt

Muni shows “a callous disregard” for its riders when it uses switchbacks, the transit-industry practice of unloading passengers and turning around trains and buses unexpectedly before they reach their final scheduled destination.

That was the opinion of a new report released Thursday by the San Francisco Civil Grand Jury, accompanied by a press release with the title, “DUMPED IN THE RAIN AFTER DARK.”

To say that officials with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which runs Muni, bristled at the assessment would be an understatement. They said the all-volunteer investigative citizens panel convened by the Superior Court based its conclusions on flawed assumptions “that don’t really square with what we believe the reality to be,” in the words of Ed Reiskin, San Francisco’s director of transportation…


San Francisco’s Uninformed Civil Grand Jury Strikes Again

And they wonder why no one trust the Muni. That pretty much sums up why I quit riding years ago.

OMG, the SFMTA-Free “Forum on the Future of Transit in San Francisco” is Coming on August 18th, 2012! -excerpt

That’s right, the SFMTA isn’t sponsoring this one-day event next week and it isn’t invited neither.


SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2012, 10:30 AM TO 4:00 PM

Koret Auditorium, Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, S.F.

“ will be holding a Forum on the Future of Transit in San Francisco at the Koret Auditorium, SF Main Library, on Saturday, August 18. Registration starts 10 am; program begins 10:30 am.

The morning session deals with the current state of transit in San Francisco, and the afternoon session takes up ideas for improvements in Muni service and financing.

Speakers include:

transportation engineer Gerald Cauthen,

disabled rights activist Bob Planthold,

Tom Rubin, CPA who has been the chief financial officer of two of the largest transit agencies in the United States,

public policy consultant Bob Feinbaum,

architect Howard Wong, and

foreperson Linda Clardy of the 2010-11 SF Civil Grand Jury.

Co-sponsors of the Forum include the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods, San Francisco Tomorrow, Sierra Club and TransForm.”


We understand the sponsor of the forum plan a  twitter feedback for the participants.