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Put your public-process hat on, ’cause it’s time to know stuff.
This little story, like many these days, starts on Facebook. Maria posted this on the Muni Diaries Facebook page:
Hey, just got off of 3 Jackson and I saw a notice that said that 3 Jackson was being eliminated from the entire muni system and that there is a petition to save 3 Jackson. Does anyone know what muni document says that 3 Jackson’s being eliminated?
And we were all HWWWWA? Our social channels had nil on it until this point, and I thought, surely, some ire-laced vitriol wrapped in all-caps would’ve wandered our way if this was truth.
It didn’t, but it’s still true. It’s one of many (many) suggested actions in the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP): the city’s attempt at improving our citywide transit system. You’ve probably noticed that it hasn’t been implemented yet (zing!)
Not only is the 3-Jackson (sometimes known as the 3-Jacassus) being proposed for elimination, so is the 12-Folsom, per a hefty city planning document called a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR):
Transit Impacts. The Service Improvements or Service Variants would provide additional capacity on existing routes, realign 25 routes, introduce service on six new lines and routes (E-Embarcadero, 5L-Fulton Limited, 11-Downtown Connector, 32-Roosevelt, 49L Van Ness/Mission Limited, and 58-24th Street), and discontinue service on two routes (3 Jackson and 12 Folsom-Pacific).
A handy-dandy detailed chart about the proposed changes is also available in the report.
So, they aren’t just taking away. They are adding, too, and I can barely contain my excitement over a 49L. But they are suggesting taking some away, and you 3 and 12 devotees might have something to say about it. After all, the last time Muni lines went the way of the dodo, we received some heartfelt obituaries for them—some of our favorite posts to date.
If you do have something to say about it, don’t forget to weigh in. According to the planning department, public comment on this draft EIR will be accepted until 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17.
Maps of these proposed changes, as well as much more info and the contact information for public comment, is available online: Planning Department’s TEP Draft EIR page (with downloadable documents).
Since you may or may not parse your comments and language in the interest of public politeness, we’d like to hear how you really feel. Let us know, won’t you?