There’s quite a bit of assorted updates for today. The biggest news for Our N, of course is the closure of the N Judah line between Duboce/Church and Cole Valley due to construction work. Because the detour will need to bypass the tunnel and ride down Haight Street, you can expect your trip in and out of the Sunset to take a little longer, so plan accordingly. You can find a map of the route at the MUNI website.
Next, we have an email from Reader Thomas, who asks about an issue we’ve talked about a little bit before and makes a modest proposal of his own to speed things up on the N:
I just wanted to see if you had any thoughts on adding a Muni ticket machine to the UCSF stop at Irving and Arguello.
Everyday during rush hour, the mighty N comes to a stand still for 6 or 8 minutes while the good people of UCSF load into the first car, each diligent in their fare payment at the drivers door.
If the folks at Muni just put in one of those ticket machines (similar to what they have by ATT Park and CalTrain) they could make that stop so much easier.
I wrote the SFMTA a few times with the suggestion, but they never responded.
This is a fairly common sight on inbound Ns – so many people need to buy a ticket, the long line keeps the N waiting while people board. Then, the front car gets packed full of people, and gets even more so at Carl and Cole, all the while the back car is half-empty. There has been loose talk in the past from MUNI to at least put in the same machines they have at 4th/King elsewhere to speed up boarding and collect more money, but we all know where that went.
Finally, thanks to Twitter, I got an alert about what sounds to be a serious accident involving a MUNI Bus and a bike rider courtesy of Luba at the Avenues Blog involving the 16 Noriega. It sounds pretty serious. Let’s hope the bike rider and his dog are OK.
I don’t think we’ll be seeing any more of that amazing 75 degree weather for a while, but it’s still that nice, cool sunny SF weather that makes living here so nice. Go out and see the city while you still can, and check out the new holiday exhibit at the SF Conservatory of Flowers as well!