All-Door Boarding Is Coming Soon!
April 4, 2012
By: Ryan Blake
One of the many reasons that Muni moves so, so slowly is simple physics: people can’t walk in a door if other people are walking out of it. Thankfully, the SFMTA will greenlight a simple solution we’ve been waiting for – starting this July San Franciscans can look forward to all-door boarding on MUNI vehicles. Although not a drastic move, it will boost efficiency and hopefully get MUNI moving faster than a whopping 8 miles an hour. (Last year, we at Reset started an online petition to support all-door boarding based on the high demand we heard from our community town halls hosted by Assessor Phil Ting.)
Initially there was speculation that fare evasion would increase with all door boarding, but the San Francisco Transit Riders Union pledges that all-door boarding would “create faster trips for riders, improve reliability, increase fare compliance, and save the agency money.” All-door boarding has been in effect for the light-rail J, K, L, M, N, and T lines for years with success in respect to fare inspections.
A Leap Forward in MUNI Efficiency
At Reset, the only thing we love more than public transit is efficiency, and we have a long record of wishing for a better MUNI. Making rear boarding an official policy is a huge leap in the right direction, but we think boarding all doors is long overdue for MUNI in a city that is hungry for efficiency.