One of my former co-workers left me a comment about my recent posting about tips for rookies on BART and stated: "You should write a list of demands of MUNI and get them published in the newspaper. Or, write them out and nail them to the director of MUNI's door (like Martin Luther)."
Not a bad idea! But I don't think I'll ever get that close to Nat Ford's door without getting arrested by San Francisco's finest (which should be riding our buses), and I don't think the Chronicle gives a damn about my blog. (Side note: That Chronicle comment was a little too rough; sorry SF Chronicle!)
Here's my list of demands to Muni:
- Regaining the trust of the public with a reliable and efficient transportation service.
- The immediate resignation of SFMTA Chief Nathaniel Ford, and union leader Irwin Lum.
- The citizens of San Francisco reserves the right to vote for the Executive Director of the SFMTA versus the appointment by the Mayor.
- Faster buses than the average eight miles per hour.
- Investment in new Muni metro vehicles with extensive testing to assure no breakdowns, but must also be cost effective.
- Investment in high capacity, double articulated buses to serve major transit corridors.
- Increase in speed on the Twin Peaks Tunnel segment between Castro and Forest Hill.
- Addition of more historic trolleys or purchasing of low floor trains on the F-Market.
- Creation of express bus lines for mid-day and Saturday service for areas west of 19th Avenue (Sunset) and Park Presidio (Richmond).
- Increased police presence on all Municipal Railway vehicles. If that doesn't work, a dedicated transit police should be used.
- The swift termination of employees who have been found responsible for major vehicular and pedestrian accidents, and ones with too many complaints.
- Immediate clean-up of vehicles with graffiti and investment into ways graffiti can be easily erased without "ghost" graffiti still present on surfaces.
- The end of the bureaucratic red tape that has stalled major projects to improve transit.
- Improved maintenance of transit vehicles including more preventative maintenance.
- Having backup vehicles prepared at key locations around the city when a vehicle breaks-down.
- A knowledgeable 311 staff specifically dedicated to Muni; must have full understanding of system and policies, and when complaints must be addressed immediately versus the next business day.
- Assure operators of no retribution or punishment for confronting passengers; such as passengers playing music too loud.
- Installation of pre-paid fare machines at major transit stops to create quicker boarding.
- Eliminating bus stops that stop every block; should be changed to once every two blocks (minimum).
- Weekend service hours at the SFMTA Customer Service Center at Van Ness/Market.
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