Save Muni Ideas for Planning 2017 The SF Examiner gave SaveMuni accolades recently (see below). Our meeting with the Editorial Board on No on J & K connected us with their transportation reporter, which Editor Michael Howerton recommended. The November campaign boosted SaveMuni—featured in the Voter Pamphlet sent to 513,000 voters, and engaging groups at debates throughout the city. SaveMuni should further build its gravitas with innovative SaveMuni Goals 2017 that are uniquely SaveMuni.
EXAMINER: Sweeping Muni app prediction upgrade could wipe out ‘ghost bus’ problem
Much of this was revealed on Nov. 21, when a small but influential advocacy group called Save Muni held its regular meeting in the community room of the San Francisco Police Department’s Northern District station on Fillmore Street. There, the assembled Muni advocates had asked Lisa Walton, chief technology officer of the SFMTA, to assure them that NextMuni bus predictions would improve.
The Save Muni group, including members Bob Feinbaum, Joan Wood and Gerald Cauthen, continued to pepper Walton and Stevenson with questions, revealing an intimate picture of how NextMuni would improve months before any formal announcement of such changes.
SFMTA GOALS:Modest, short-term and achievable.
Annual Report: Staff Presentation [includes Strategic Plan & goals]:
Staff Report [includes data & statistics]:
TRANSIT RIDERS UNION GOAL:Catchy, long-term but little methodology.
Hoodline: SF Transit Riders Union Launches Ambitious ’30X30′ Muni Campaign
This month, the San Francisco Transit Riders Union, a transit-focused grassroots advocacy and improvement organization, announced 30X30, its ambitious new efficiency benchmark for public transit in the city.
30X30’s primary argument is that any part of San Francisco should be accessible via Muni in 30 minutes or less by the year 2030. According to the project’s preliminary website, “Muni is the slowest major urban transit system in the nation,” running at an average of 8.1 miles per hour.
REVERSING BAD TRENDS: Declining transit metrics despite billions of dollars spent
For already-congested Bay Area transportation, maximum capacity has been reached on streets, highways and bridges. The number of cars continues to increase. Traffic congestion has increased by 22% since 2014. Two-thirds of Bay Area commuters drive alone to work. Per capita transit ridership has declined. Muni daily boardings have declined since 1991. Unlike transit growth in other cities around the world, San Francisco’s transit investments have been weak—-like the high-cost and low-ridership Central Subway that triggered citywide service cuts.
SAVEMUNI GOALS 2017: Address three overarching goals for public transit (short-term and long-term) that are unique to SaveMuni. Pursue only projects with high new-ridership to cost ratios (unlike the Central Subway).
1. INCREASE PER CAPITA TRANSIT RIDERSHIP – Ferry Expansion, which is declining despite billions of dollars in expenditures
2. INCREASE TRANSIT MODAL SHARE OF ALL TRIPS – Quicker and Cheaper, which has been stagnant at 24% for many years.
3. INCREASE TRANSIT RIDERSHIP – Air Rights Over Roads, which has been outpaced by more cars and traffic congestion… (more details)
savemuni-plans-2017 (download or read online)