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S.F. Muni ridership up over 2-year span

Posted on October 17, 2013

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which manages transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), announced that over the past two fiscal years, trips taken on Muni have increased by more than 4%.

The national increase for calendar years 2011 and 2012 was just under 4%. Along with the growing economy, several major initiatives by the agency coincided with this increase.

Over the past two years, average weekday boardings increased 4.16% and annual boardings increased 4.31%. The total annual customer boardings for fiscal year 2012 was 222,125,944, a 3.92% increase over the year before. The fiscal year 2013 annual boardings total was 222,991,005, a .39% increase over FY 2012.

The average weekday customer boardings tell a similar story. In fiscal year 2012, weekday trips increased by 3.13% over the year before; in FY 2013, they increased by 1.03%. The SFMTA is seeing a slow, but steady increase that mirrors the national trends of increased use of public transportation along with the recovering economy.

“The more people choose public transit, the better it is for San Francisco’s overall transportation network,” said Ed Reiskin, director, transportation. “While this is encouraging news, we have to continue the work to improve Muni efficiencies, while simultaneously planning for its future growth.”

Increasing ridership comes as the agency implemented improvements to Muni service including:

  • Nx Judah rush hour express bus, which provides near-term improvement to Muni’s most heavily used light rail line.
  • The innovative red transit-only lanes on Church Street between Duboce Avenue and 16th Street that are helping to speed up the slowest section of the J Church Line and the 22 Fillmore Route.
  • All-door boarding, which helps Muni reliability and speed as riders can board at any door of their bus or train.

Other initiatives such as the regional payment card, Clipper, the low income Lifeline Pass and Free Muni for low and moderate income youth, help make taking Muni more accessible and affordable.

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