Motorcoach

S.F. Muni to restrict larger commuter shuttle buses, require greener fleet

Posted on November 19, 2015

SFMTA
SFMTA

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) approved enhanced regulations for commuter shuttles that will restrict larger shuttle buses from smaller streets, require greener fleets to reduce emissions and put in place rules to prevent labor disruptions.
 
The new regulations create an ongoing program that builds off an 18-month pilot program set to expire at the end of January 2016. Under the ongoing program, the fee charged to shuttle operators will increase to pay for stepped-up enforcement. The higher fee will also help cover the cost of street improvements like boarding islands and sidewalk bulbs that will also improve Muni performance and enhance pedestrian safety.

Under state law, the fee is limited to the cost of running the program. The updated amount will depend on a number of factors, but it will be higher than the $2.4 million per year collected from shuttle companies under the pilot program.
 
In January 2014 the SFMTA Board of Directors approved an 18-month Commuter Shuttle Pilot Program to regulate and better understand the hundreds of commuter shuttles using the city’s streets to take people to work or school either in San Francisco or to Peninsula and South Bay destinations. The voluntary program included charging private shuttles to stop in Muni bus zones, concentrated enforcement and extensive data collection on the frequency and location of shuttle loadings.

Under the new regulations, which take effect February 1, 2016, commuter shuttles over 35 feet long must stay on Caltrans arterial street network.

All shuttle vehicles not already approved for use in the pilot as of January 31, 2016 must be either model year 2012 or newer, or be equipped with a power source that complies with emissions standards applicable to the 2012 class of vehicle. As of January 1, 2020, all shuttle vehicles used in the program must be model year 2012 or newer.  After 2020, all shuttle vehicles must be no more than 8 years old.
 

Photo courtesy NACTO.org
Photo courtesy NACTO.org
Shutt le operators must also comply with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ March 2015 Labor Harmony Resolution, including the submission of a Service Disruption Prevention Plan that describes the shuttle operators’ efforts to ensure efficient and consistent service in the event of potential disruptions, including labor disputes.
 
The new regulations also require increased data sharing from participating shuttle operators to better understand where their vehicles are operating and assist in enforcement.
 
An analysis of the pilot program found that conflicts with Muni buses were reduced by about 35% on a per-stop basis, and the number of commuter shuttle stop locations were halved from about 250 before the pilot to 124 during the pilot.
The analysis also found:

  • Shuttles in the permit program had about 17,000 daily boardings on average weekdays, or 8,500 people taking a daily roundtrip from or within San Francisco
  • Nearly half (45%) of shuttle rider survey respondents do not own cars
  • 45% of those who do not own cars cited shuttles as the “main reason” they did not own one
  • If the shuttles are not an option, nearly half (47%) of survey respondents said they would drive alone to work. That would translate to almost 8,000 more one-way car trips a day, the equivalent of every car that uses 24th Street daily. That’s more than 2 million one-way car trips a year on what are already congested streets.
  • Only 5 percent of shuttle riders said they would move closer to work
  • By taking cars off the road, shuttles remove nearly 4.3 million vehicle miles traveled from the streets each monthWith limited exceptions, shuttles are free to use San Francisco’s streets regardless of an SFMTA regulatory program. The agency’s regulatory efforts are an evolving process that has and will continue to take into account community concerns.

With limited exceptions, shuttles are free to use San Francisco’s streets regardless of an SFMTA regulatory program. The agency’s regulatory efforts are an evolving process that has and will continue to take into account community concerns.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Prevost sponsors online driver training courses offered by ABA

The ABA Driver Training program was developed by safety experts from industry-leading motorcoach companies and manufacturers.

ABA taps Omaha, Neb. for 2020's Marketplace

The dates of the 2020 Marketplace will be Jan. 10 to 14, 2020. This is the first time ABA has come to Omaha for its annual event.

Quarter 2 coach sales down slightly, according to ABA Foundation numbers

The decline in sales for the second quarter were offset by the continued strength of sales of the new 45-foot motorcoaches, which saw a 2% increase over the same period in 2016.

MCI completes 13-motorcoach Coach Atlantic order

The 2018 J4500 has been making news for a landmark interior design that’s added more comfort, space, and a significant number of aesthetic improvements, all features Coach Atlantic wanted to be first to offer its customers.

Mid-American adds 2 MCI J4500s

The 2018 J4500 features new airline-inspired ceiling lights and aisle puck lights that illuminate the roomier cabin which also features new parcel racks that blend with the front cap of the vehicle.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close