What’s On Your Muni Wish List?
Photo by Troy Holden
If you had a few million dollars to spend on Muni, what would be on your wish list?
I can name a couple of things that we often talk about on Muni Diaries: on-time buses, safer drivers, and an improved Nextbus system. But that only scratches the surface of issues for Muni riders.
I know there is a significant segment of the transit-riding community that this blog will probably never reach because these riders have no computer access at home. They don’t have the luxury of sitting down to browse around the internet.
I was prompted this morning by the KALW radio program Your Call. Today’s show asks what should be done with the $495 million federal stimulus funding allocated for Bay Area transit agencies and road projects.
One of the show’s guests, Guillermo Mayer (a lawyer with the Bay Area’s Public Advocates), said transit agencies pay more attention to “choice riders” â€” people who choose to ride the bus. So the focus has been “How do we get more people to ride the bus?” rather than “How do we better serve people who have no choice but to ride the bus?”
Proposals like better buses and airport links are aimed at attracting a wealthier base of choice riders. But what are some proposed features that would actually benefit the working class?
So, what is on your Muni wish list? And what do you think should be on this wish list so that it can serve everyone who rides the bus, including low-income riders?