Muni increasingly booting passengers before they reach the beach
It’s not your imagination: Muni really is turning back more N-Judah and L-Taraval trains before they reach the end of the line, leaving Ocean Beach-area residents to walk the rest of the way to home or work, even though they’ve paid the same fare as riders who got off at stops farther east.
Muni is increasingly using so-called “short turns” to deal with train delays and traffic problems, according to the San Francisco Examiner, which reports that Muni has detailed the practice in a report addressing inquiries from members of the Board of Supervisors.
Short turns happen when Muni operators force riders to get off at a stop before reaching the end of the line. Operators then turn the train around in effort to make up time when there are delays, according to the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency, which operates Muni.
Switchbacks have increased on three lines in The City: the N-Judah, the L-Taraval and the M-Oceanview.
In 2009, the N-Judah line tallied 226 short turns. That number increased to 378 in 2010. Likewise, 177 trains have been turned around midroute on the L-Taraval line this year, an increase from 97 times last year, according to the MTA.