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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Strangest Muni Permanent Route Change (44 O'Shaughnessy)

I noticed a tweet today from Jerold Chinn, a reporter for the SF Public Press, and he mentioned about a new Muni 44 O'Shaughnessy reroute and provided a link with the details on the SFMTA/Muni's website.

Muni says the re-route is for the inbound direction of the 44 line (going north). The old route to make the turnaround to go back outbound (southbound) was to turn left from 6th Avenue to Clement, right turn to 7th Avenue, right on California, and a final right on 6th Avenue. Basically, the route is to just go "around the block." See map below:

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But the new route Muni mentioned will instead have the bus continue down Clement to Park Presidio, make a right onto Park Presidio, and right on California.

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From crunching the numbers, that's a 15 block permanent re-route for the line. I feel this permanent reroute is just a joke, why make a bus waste extra fuel driving 15 blocks when it can really just go on its normal route?

Also, why make it go all the way down Clement to Park Presidio? Clement is just as congested as Irving Street on a normal weekday with double parking and heavy traffic. And making it turn onto Park Presidio is not a great idea, what happens if traffic is heavy due to an accident ahead? Is the bus going to attempt to make a wide turn on one of the busiest corridors in the city?


Ryan G said...

There must be a reason for this reroute. It may make more sense in the future to run the bus down Funston instead of Park Presidio, but I have to think there's a good bit of ridership that takes the 44 and then transfers to the 38 to get to the 28. Maybe they figured it makes more sense to provide some access down Clement and California instead of running another bus down Geary for those few blocks. But then, I'm not sure there's any sense to many of the changes MUNI makes.

Jim said...

According to the TEP, Muni eventually wants to electrify the 2, essentially turn it into the 4. However, wires only run down California, not Clement, to 8th.

Maybe with the 44 running down Clement to Park Pres, it cover that portion of the 2 should the line be electrified.

Akit said...

The problem with the 44 route is it only goes one way, west on Clement. The 44's route is supposed to just circle around so its return trip goes south on 6th Avenue in the Richmond.

Anonymous said...

I guess they're looking for a quick connection to the 28 (without using the 1, 38, 31, or 5...or from the Marina, the 43). Still, it seems to subject the route to several slow, congested blocks for not much benefit. Wasn't aware there was such a need... Compared to the 2 Clement, which circles around via 14th to Geary to 15th WITHOUT stopping on Geary (making it necessary to walk 1 block to connecting lines, or get dropped off secretly by a friendly driver), this will at least offer a little new connectivity.
Ben in SF

Jim said...

@Ben in SF: This change has the 44 stop at Calif and 12th, which is still a block walk to the 28.

Charles said...

There was a conflict on 7th Avenue between parents double-parked waiting for their kids to get out of the grade school on that block and the 44 line coaches. Instead of setting up a system to regulate the parents in their cars (remember the Transit First policy of 1973?) Muni decided to reroute onto 8th Avenue. The residents of 8th Avenue complained (after all, they moved to 8th to be near, not _on_ a bus line). So Muni looked for the nearest street without houses: Park Presidio Boulevard. It's a classic case of Muni bending to a few loud complaints instead of doing what's right and best for transit service.