75% On Time Rate For Muni? Big Deal.
So the "big news" from our friends at Muni is that the agency is now on time 75% of the time. Mayor Green Gavin was quick to belch out some press releases, and naturally, the press is in full stenographer mode on this one.
There's just one thing - the number is meaningless. First, this was after major service cuts (spun as an "overhaul") last year, so comparing a smaller system to a larger one is comparing apples and oranges. More to the point, it doesn't really matter if Muni is "on time" 75% of the time if the system isn't reliable. Think of the many times you've tried to get home on an outbound N, only to see an endless line of empty Js and KLMs speeding by, thus ensuring the only N showing up is super crowded.
So while everyone at City Hall pats themselves on the back for a Muni well done, remember that figure when you're stuck waiting around for an hour because of an unplanned for absence, or because something broke down. If nothing else, you can figure out the odds of when you'll be lucky enough to be using it when it's actually running on time.