The Municipal Transportation Agency of San Francisco,¬†California released a report about the performance and needs of the city‚Äôs transit system.
The report shows that peak-hour Muni delays caused economic losses of $4.2 million for the month of April 2013, which the SFMTA rounds out as $50 million in annual lost economic impact for the city.
Highlights from the report:-
- Customers experienced 151,263 hours of delay last month due to maintenance, and another 20,932 hours due to operational reasons;
- Delays added commute time of 1.5 percent for San Franciscans; and
- Caused annual economic loss of $50 million due to lower competitiveness and higher costs. This does not include the impact of off-peak delays or reduced shopping access.
SFMTA says it faces a $320 million annual structural budget deficit, including $70 million for unfunded operating needs, of which $50 million is for transit alone.
The agency has $12.35 billion worth of assets, out of which $6.69 billion are assets that directly impact transit services. They say they need another $260 million per year to keep these assets in a ‚Äústate of good repair.‚Äù However, a total of $680 million required for such repairs has been deferred, as of 2010.
The report says that with a $50 million recurring annual investment, the SFMTA could:-
Replace 10 trains per year; or
Increase service by eight percent; or
Rehabilitate 170 buses per year; or
Replace 64 buses per year.
The resulting economic benefits from the improved service and reduced delays would more than make up for the infrastructure investment costs.
The report suggests initiatives that will improve performance, including all-door boarding, adding transit-only lanes, setup of a line management center, and more frequent demand-based adjustments of schedules.
They also suggest performance could be improved through communications and customer outreach, including real-time contact with customers through Twitter and NextBus, and a new website and audio system.
Muni is one of the oldest transit systems in California and carries more than 200 million customers each year, and operates everything from cable cars to light rail, diesel buses, electric buses and trolley coaches.