All-Door Boarding Is Coming Soon!

April 4, 2012

By: Ryan Blake

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.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.)

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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.

 

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