Muni F Line to rise to $6?

Muni F-Line at Market and Noe (photo: torbakhopper / flickr)
Muni F-Line at Market and Noe (photo: torbakhopper / flickr)

As part of the Mayor Ed Lee’s plan to rescind the Sunday parking meter enforcement that started last year, the SFMTA is looking for ways to recoup some of the $9 million windfall the meters (and ticketing) brought in by raising the F Line ride cost to $6 in line with the cable cars.

Supervisor Scott Wiener dislikes the idea as evidence from a Muni underground meltdown this morning where the Supervisor tweeted that when the underground fails, the Muni F-Line is the Castro’s life line to downtown,

The increase from $2 to $6 would bring in about $4.6 million according to SF Gate. The Mayor is hoping to get constituents off his back about the meter enforcement and also engage their support for a $500 million transportation bond on the November ballot.

via SF Gate

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  1. Gerard Koskovich says:

    What’s with pandering to drivers while sticking it to Muni riders? The F-Line isn’t simply some theme-park ride; it’s a crucial part of effective transportation on Market Street. The proposal is an utter contradiction of the City’s transit-first policy.

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    • rblack says:

      If they want the F to be a tourist attraction then they need alternative surface transpiration along the same route.

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      • If the fare increases were to go through, the consequences of making the F-line unaffordable is more riders than use the J will need an alternative option. A lot will turn to the Metro subway, which will increase crowding and slow the subway down further.

        Our they may drive instead, but a parallel bus line may just be needed to absorb all those riders stranded without the F.

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    • Jack Frost says:

      Did you just say pandering to drivers? Clearly you do not own or drive a car in SF. The last word I would ever use to describe the city’s relationship with drivers is pandering.

      There are SO MANY other ways for Muni to work more efficiently its a total joke that the first and only idea put forth is to charge more for the F line. Face it, until there is a 3 – 4 day strike by muni riders demanding significant changes to the way muni is run, they are going to only raise the rate to ride them. They have zero incentive to do anything else.

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  3. Craig says:

    Unless the SFMTA plans to run a “regular” bus line down the Market St. corridor, this plan is unacceptable for those of us who use the F line as our daily means of transportation.

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  4. How much does SF hate people that don’t drive to Safeway / Whole Foods??

    Just enough to charge them $6 to take the ONLY ground level transportation option on Market Street,

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  5. DerekSF says:

    I’d like to see that study that this will generate additional revenue. Locals will abandon the F-Line, and tourists with families are going to make tough choices between riding the cable cars OR the street cars and finding other ways to get to the wharf. This just seems like an all around bad idea.

    And while i’m not against the rationale for sunday meters, when I drove to the mission on super bowl sunday to get Colombian food, Valencia street was completely empty, yet the meters were charging 4.75/hr. I thought they were suppose to be congestion based pricing, I felt like I got raped with an Uber Surge. That is definitely going to discourage me, and I assume others, from driving and spending money in the city on sundays.

    It was either this weeks SF Weekly or Guardian that said Muni was considering raising rates to $2.25, while another article mentioned using MUNI funds for free rides for all youth under 18, regardless of family income. Yay, more government hand outs at the expense of the rest of us.

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    • rblack says:

      I could maybe get behind free fares for seniors and the disabled, but youth already get a subsidized fare of $.75 – not exactly a huge hardship.

      Meanwhile MUNI has a deferred maintenance deficit of $2 Billion.

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  6. Patrick says:

    Thanks for nothing David Compost!

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  7. When will SF City Hall start handing out bootstraps at the Project Homeless Connect handout conventions??

    Ron Paul in ’16!

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  8. Josh says:

    If this passes, does that mean the monthly MUNI pass will no longer cover the F?

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  9. critter says:

    get rid of the streetcars then and put regular lite rail back on market

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  10. Erik says:

    This is a rip off, tourists arent the only ones that use the F-line…

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  11. sjg says:

    Why couldn’t they allow Clipper card users continue to pay the $2 fare and charge the tourists the $6 fare?
    Let the tourists pick up the tab for maintaining the trains (which I am sure isn’t cheap). If the tourists are wlling to cough up 6 bucks to ride the cable car..they won’t think twice about the F train.

    If they don’t want to pay the fare, they can take the underground. Tourists are here to spend money, if they want to pay, I think we should be willing to take it.

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    • sjg says:

      I meant to say that Muni should charge Clipper card holders the $2 fare and non-clipper card users the $6 fare. I am not sure if my first sentence made that clear.

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  12. Anandakos says:

    It’s nearly a mile of relatively high density between Church and Van Ness. The only bus to serve even a portion of that section of Market is the 6/71 cluster from Van Ness to Page/Haight. That’s too great a distance to deprive of basic service. The 8 Market will have to be revived if Hizzoner gets his way on this.

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