I just picked this tidbit up via shareable cities but back in February US News & World Report ranked San Francisco as the #6 best city in the US for Public Transit. Â In their apparently quickly written and lightly researched blurb for my fair city, they wrote:
San Francisco’s Municipal Railway, which dates from 1912, operates using a range of transportation options, from light rail vehicles to the city’s famous cable cars. The larger metropolitan area is served by Bay Area Rapid Transit, better known as BART, which connects San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and other surrounding areas, at speeds that reach 80 miles per hour. By comparison, a train on Washington, DC’s Metro system has a 59-mph maximum speed.
If they had done just a little more research into SF muni fails, perhaps by reading the N-Judah chronicles or any of the other great blogs in San Francisco that follow our transit hopes and our transit crushed dreams they would realize that in 2010 Â muni ran over several pedestrians (sometimes fatally), two muni f-cars collided on Market Street because the operator of one was chatting away instead of paying attention, and that our fearless SFMTA leader was out of the office for 53 workdays last year (interviewing across the nation for the opportunity to wreck other cities transit systems!).
And I really wonder how we would do now that we have documented SF muni fails like bus drivers that text while driving and then curse out the passenger with enough gall to question theirÂ commitmentÂ to public safety. If that wasn’t bad enough, we’ve also got MUNI drivers that have no qualms drivingÂ light-rail cars filled with passengersÂ through tunnels with their doors open.
I shudder to think at how thing are run in cities that ranked lower on the list than we did!