Shuttle Storm Points to Regional Bus System?

Michele Di Pilla who runs the Argentine Gift Shop at 3250 24th St. is connected to the city's jitney history. Photo by Rigoberto Hernandez.

The San Francisco Bay Guardian wrote today about the Google buses and what the controversy points to: a need for a regional bus system. Interestingly, for years there were private shuttles that took San Francisco residents around the city for 10 cents a ride and one of the builders of that business is still in the Mission District.

But the controversy over the private commuter buses does show that there is great potential for a public regional express bus system. Consider that in 1980, nine percent of commuters in San Francisco left the city every day to go to work. In 2010, outbound commuters approached 25 percent. Owing to regional political fragmentation, Muni cannot provide intercounty service and thus is not the travel mode of choice for many of these commuters. And although Caltrain and BART offer some regional service, the sprawling locations of suburban firms often make regional rail impractical or at the very least time-consuming owing to unavoidable multiple transfers to local buses. READ MORE HERE.

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  1. John

    The SFBG is almost always wrong on the issues but, in principle, the idea of having a transit system that recognizes that we are one urban area rather than nine distinct entities is a sound one.

    The one form of transit that works well in SF (at least when the workers aren’t striking) is BART. It is fast, comfortable and goes where people want to go regardless of county lines (although Marin recused itself, apparently).

    If BART could morph into a real subway system, like world-class cities have, we can start thinking that SF isn’t a quirky, provincial village.

    Add to that private jitneys, such as discussed here, and a network of both private and public buses, and we might even no longer need employer shuttles.

    But build the transit systems first, and demonstrate that they are reliable, comfortable, safe and fast, before asking us to give up our cars and private shuttles.

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