Transit News: Free Muni for seniors, faster Muni, extending Central Subway, Sunset Tunnel, Wharf hard to get to via transit

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  • SFMTA chief signals free Muni for seniors ‘very likely’ (SF Examiner)
  • All-Door Muni Boarding Still Means Quicker Buses, Less Fare Evasion (Streetsblog SF)
  • Meet the BART-stopping woman behind “Black Lives Matter” (grist)
  • Extending the Central Subway: Why Stop at Fisherman’s Wharf? (Streetsblog SF)
  • BART needs a second transbay tube (Chronicle opinion)
  • How The Sunset Tunnel Became The Gateway To The West (Hoodline)
  • Fisherman’s Wharf transit options difficult to navigate, workers say (SF Examiner)

Amid his busiest month of the year, Santa snoozes on BART


I guess Santa is soaking up every minute of shut-eye before his biggest work night of the year.

My friend Beth (@bwinegarner on Instagram) spotted this snoozer on BART recently, and I’m pretty sure this bad Santa gets on the naughty list for such behavior. That goes for the rest of the sleepers on BART, too. Santa knows, children. Santa knows.

Like BART-riding salmon, “swimming” upstream …


Comparing some BART commuters to salmon, SFGate wrote last weekend about a practice it called “upstreaming,” or riding the train in the opposite direction you’re headed for a few stops during commute hours simply in order to get a seat. You know, those riders who cram near the doors and get off at Civic Center or 16th Street only to cross the platform and board a train going the other way?

The SFGate article reminded @suldrew and @Rusty_Staples of an old Muni campaign to prevent back-riding and crowding at the Embarcadero station.

Although he didn’t recall the campaign, Muni spokesman Paul Rose says it isn’t a problem for Muni these days.

“It hasn’t been a major issue for Muni,” Rose told us in an email. “Our average trip time is generally much shorter than BART and BART has a higher percentage of riders making trips above 30 minutes. So it makes the upstreaming strategy less valuable to our riders.”

Well then. Have you seen rush hour commuters/salmon engaging in this behavior? What are your thoughts on it?

BART in western San Francisco? The dream inches closer to reality

Photo by BART via Streetsblog SF

What’s on your BART wish list? Late-night trains? Half-check. A second Transbay Tube? Extension to the western neighborhoods of San Francisco? Embryonic checks. Flying BART cars? Wake up! You’re dreaming.

Streetsblog SF reports that BART plans to study the effects of adding a second Transbay Tube and service to the other half of the city.

Ellen Smith, BART’s acting manager for strategic and policy planning, recently told a SF County Transportation Authority Board committee (comprised of SF supervisors) that regional transportation agencies plan to fund a study of a subway connecting the South of Market area to Alameda, with a possible extension west underneath the Market Street subway, towards the Richmond and Sunset Districts.

OMG! But don’t get yer hopes up for this new-look BART system to happen anytime soon. “‘We could be talking decades,’ Smith said. Building a new underwater tube is ‘clearly a massive investment and undertaking, technically, operationally, financially, and politically.'”

Read the whole post on Streetsblog SF. Then contemplate the effect this extension would have on the Mario BART map.

Previously: Visualizing BART to Marin (and Napa and Sonoma)

West Oakland BART reopened after protesters chain themselves to train

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The West Oakland station has just reopened after Ferguson activists chained themselves to a BART train this morning and closed down the station all morning, according to @SFBART. As of 3:07 p.m., the station has just reopened and BART continues to experience delays.

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Photo by @jilltucker

The San Francisco Examiner reports that about 15-25 protesters chained themselves to trains on both sides of the West Oakland station, and passengers were evacuated. Because of the protest, trains cannot travel to and from the Transbay Terminal. The protest was first reported around 10:45 a.m., the Examiner reports. CBS Local reports that several protesters were arrested.