Saturday, February 25, 2017

Transit ridership falling?

From a comment to this story: "It's overly simplistic to say 'bus restructuring' leads to ridership growth. Actually, what leads to ridership growth is service growth, not a mere rejiggering of buses."



At 12:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I ride Market St. buses and streetcars nearly every day. Unless there is a boarding "counter" on these surface vehicles that I don't know about, I do not know how MUNI can determine ridership, because the number of riders that do not scan a Clipper Card is staggering. Furthermore, with a significant increase in wealthy workers, it is obvious to me that, at least during non-commute hours, that these residents are increasingly opting for Uber/Lyft instead of busing it and that their bike ridership is limited to recreational rides outside the City (if at all), rather than to complete errands or commute to work. Sadly, I think that the "core group" of cyclists-for-commuting (and therefore eliminating car ownership/driving)and environmentally-conscious has plateaued and maybe declined. I surmise that this core group is comprised of skilled and professional workers of moderate income and having been displaced by wealthy tech workers are the sort that have moved to places like the East Bay. And of course, it has already been well-documented that the bullying ride companies have flooded the streets with drivers and helped to create for example, the intersection blocking that we see along Market St., which blocks MUNI vehicles from proceeding unimpeded through their green lights. These drivers also barely pull over and endanger cyclists and thru traffic--especially when also looking at their screens, for example at 2nd St. Montgomery station where they block the inbound bike lane, leaving only the inner lane for fast moving buses and cyclists to compete.

At 5:33 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Bike commuting declined according to the last count report.

According to the latest Transportation Fact Sheet,, a lot of people are commuting into the city every workday:
"As a regional job center, the daytime population of San Francisco grows with
employees commuting to the city for work. The estimated daytime population was approximately 901,500 in 2006, increasing to 1,070,000 by 2014. Nearly half a million San Francisco and Bay Area residents commute in and out of San Francisco each day, with approximately 330,000 non-San Francisco residents commuting into the city for work and 113,000 San Francisco residents commuting elsewhere in 2014."

A lot of that traffic is because of Uber and Lyft.


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