How is Muni’s back-door boarding working for you?
Photo by Devon Shaw
Muni began letting passengers enter through the back door in July. Go ahead — I’ll give you a minute to get the snickering out of your system (don’t worry — I’m laughing, too).
Five months into the program, we’re wondering what you think of it.
In a letter-to-the-editor-style email, Muni rider Nic lets his thoughts be known:
“[T}his City often lacks a certain amount of order and civility. One notable exception used to be the Muni express buses. Instead of the usual scrum jockeying for position to board the bus, the riders of these buses would wait in orderly lines to board in the order they arrived …
“No more …
“Now, there is one line, but there are two doors. Sometimes the open back door is ignored and tranquility prevails. Often, however, one jerk breaks for the back door hoping to score the window seat, no matter his place in line. And once one person goes through the back door the dreaded scrum returns.
“I welcomed official recognition for back-door boarding. On lines such as the 38, with its four doors and double-length, there is no reason for everyone to board in the front. But I want to put out a call for a return to front-door boarding in the one place where it makes sense — the express bus. Please, riders, let us return to the days where politeness reigned supreme and jerks were not rewarded with those single seats with a lot of leg room.”
At least as far as Muni’s on-time rates go, there’s been no noticeable improvement.
What do you think? Does boarding Muni via its back doors speed things up for you and your fellow passengers?