Originally Posted by M II A II R II K
Proposed M-Market high frequency subway for SF Muni
I saw a link to this on streetblogs and thought it was interesting. I couldn't find any info on the website as to who was promoting this. Is Muni even considering this?
There's no way they're considering this if part of the plan involves buying low floor European-style trams, what with Muni writing a big check to Siemens for some new LRVs in the last few weeks.
It looks like the idea on that site is to divide the Muni Metro system into underground and at-grade sections, making for a higher capacity "M-Market" underground line from Embarcadero to West Portal, and then the other lines (which are reconfigured or replaced) force a transfer at Church, West Portal, or Balboa Park. I could see how this would really improve the service for people who are just traveling within the Market spine, but I could also see how this would result in poorer service for people going from the neighborhoods to downtown, which, in my opinion, is the bread and butter of Muni Metro.
It's an interesting idea, though I'm not really sold on it. I'd be curious to see how they came up with their cost estimates. They look extremely low to me when you compare them to the actual cost of the Central Subway. I can't tell whether this is a plan that would work or whether it's just another person with a copy Illustrator deciding to draw some pretty lines over the city without taking into consideration how
people actually use transit.
It seems like the main complaint from this (not enough Market subway service) could be easily and cheaply solved with more S-Castro Shuttle service, and isn't Muni saying that they will be able to run the Siemens cars in bigger consists than the overweight Bredas??