Posted by Tyra Fennell in Blog, Kommunity Kiki, Tyra's World on February 11, 2015
Residents of the Bayview Hunters Point and Visitation Valley neighborhoods rely heavily on the T/Third Street Muni line to commute to work and for their daily tasks. More than 33,000 riders use the line every day; unfortunately, they suffer through on-time performance of only 42 percent. Just the other night I waited for six trains designated for 23rd street/Dogpatch to pass before a Sunnydale T-Line train finally arrived. I stood on the platform with a myriad of frustrated passengers. Given the current lack of viable transit options and the new housing being built along the waterfront, Muni must take immediate steps to improve service in all of San Francisco’s southeast neighborhoods.
Muni has plans to upgrade service on the T-line, but neighborhood stakeholders are distrustful and fear the current plan is inadequate. In particular, the plan does not address the inherent competition for trains and operators between full-loop (Sunnydale) and half-loop (23rd/Dogpatch) service runs.
I recently attended a meeting with a small cohort of Bayview Hunter’s Point residents and SFMTA director, Ed Reiskin to learn more about strategies to address the aforementioned issues and also understand what we could do as community members to support the department’s efforts to #fixthetline. We also presented Director Reiskin with a list of recommendations, which included:
1) A codified guarantee that Muni’s actual schedule for full loop T-line service will meet or exceed the goals listed in the 2014 Transit Effectiveness Project.
2) An agreement to prioritize full-loop trains over short-loop trains. That is, if a resource shortage forces Muni to choose between running a full-loop train and a short-loop train, Muni should be required to run the full-loop train.
3) All T-line trains that are going to stop at 23rd street should be marked before they leave Embarcadero Station so riders can choose to stay warm and safe.
4) Assure that T/Third MUNI traffic signal preemption along Third Street are operating effectively to assure the train is not held up with there is low pedestrian traffic.
Many of these requests were well received by the director however, if you live in the Southeast sector and are effective by inadequate T-line service, we encourage you to take the following steps to voice your concerns.
- Call 311 and complain with specifics.
- Tweet your complaint to @sfmta_muni. They do respond to tweets.
- Attend SFMTA Citizen Advisory Council (CAC) meetings which occur the first Thursday of every month at the SFMTA office located at One South Van Ness Avenue and make public comments. Trust me…this helps!
- Move the hashtag #fixthetline via your social media feeds. Let’s get it trending.
I am not suggesting that this blog has outlined all of the solutions needed to fix the T/Third Street MUNI line but what it has started is a conversation amongst neighbors which has led to a direct line to SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin who has welcomed a continued dialog and hopefully together we can strengthen transpiration services in the Southeast sector. I will continue to write about this issue and update readers on progress.