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Tue Apr 2, 2013, 08:11 AM

SF: Who gets hit by Muni switchbacks? It's mostly low-income and outer neighborhoods

from the SF Bay Guardian:

Who gets hit by Muni switchbacks?
It's mostly low-income and outer neighborhoods

03.19.13 - 4:08 pm | Rebecca Bowe |

Muni switchbacks that annoying practice where trains force all the passengers off well before the end of the line have been in the news lately, with new Supervisor Katy Tang making switchbacks her first political priority.

But when you zero in on who bears the brunt of these service disruptions, it becomes clear that not all transit passengers are created equal. In fact, Muni data shows that the vast majority of switchbacks were concentrated in just three locations this past January.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency reports shows that the top three stations hit by switchbacks in January were the T Third stop at Third Street and Carroll Avenue; the N Judah stop at Judah Street and Sunset Boulevard; and the J Church stop at Glen Park Station, in that order. While the January data provides only a snapshot, annual figures show that the T and J lines each averaged around 36 switchbacks per month since February of 2012, while the N averaged 49.

Muni defends the switchbacks, saying that trains sometimes have to be rerouted to fill service gaps elsewhere. But for passengers, it's a huge inconvenience they're left with little choice but to sit tight until the next train arrives, which in some cases can be as long as 30 minutes. ...................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.sfbg.com/2013/03/19/who-gets-hit-muni-switchbacks

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