Late night transit options up for review, expansion

Muni at Castro and 18th (photo: Matt Baume)
Muni at Castro and 18th (photo: Matt Baume)

Nightlife in San Francisco contributes $4.2 billion annually to San Francisco’s economy, employs over 50k people in largely middle class jobs, and generates about $50 million in city tax revenue, but many of these middle class workers and revelers have a difficult time getting home after hours from neighborhoods like the Castro.

Muni Metro service ends at 1AM and BART stops running around midnight, which leaves unreliable OWL service, walking, getting a more pricey, hard to hail cab ride home, or worst of all: people driving drunk.

Results of SFMTA Polk Street Survey (photo: SFMTA)

Results of SFMTA Polk Street Survey (photo: SFMTA)

The SFMTA recently conducted a nightlife transportation study focused on the Polk Street area and found that the two biggest improvements that could be implemented for late night transit are increased bus service at late night and late night BART service.

District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener wants the same study done for the Castro and at this weeks Board of Supervisors meeting called on transportation providers including the SFMTA, BART, AC Transit, ride-sharing companies, and the taxi industry to report on current late night service options and proposals for improving service for late night workers and patrons. The meeting is scheduled to take place at a Land Use Committee hearing in late February or early March.

“Our nightlife and entertainment industry is a significant part of our cultural and economic lifeblood, but we aren’t succeeding in giving people good options to get home safely at night,” said Supervisor Wiener. “We need to be sure that people leaving bars or getting off work late at night have reliable and accessible transit options, so they don’t drive drunk or end up waiting in the dark for a bus that comes once an hour.”

Roy McKenzie

Roy has been a Castro resident since 2010 and is passionate about politics, camping, and food. Follow his babbling on Twitter.

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  1. KevinSF says:

    Keep people from driving into the Castro to go bar hopping. Give the Castro neighborhood its own designated parking letter The “S” area includes parts of the Mission, Western Addition and Twin Peaks. Enforcement of 24 hour restricted 2 hour parking. Allow only 2 vehicle parking permits per address with the second one costing double. I have neighbors in a 2 person household with 3 cars an SUV and a motorcycle ALL parked on the street (They turned their garage into a workshop of some kind).

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