Private buses have driven in SF ‘transit-only’ lanes for years — with the city’s blessing and despite the law
By Joe Eskenazi, Mission Local, Aug 22, 2018
The Muni board voted to allow private buses — tech coaches, Chariot vehicles, etc. — into the transit-only “red carpet” lanes on Geary. It’s a bad idea, but it isn’t new in San Francisco, nor is it legal. Read article.
Deprived of data, transit agency tracks tech shuttle buses with cameras
The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority estimates that companies spend roughly $249,000 a year to operate each shuttle, with an annual cost per rider of $12,000 to $15,000. At peak times, in the northbound direction, there were 111 shuttles on Highway 85 at El Camino Real in the morning and 130 buses in the evening, according to the agency. At Middlefield Road, there were 97 shuttles northbound at peak times in the morning and 106 shuttles in the evening. Peak times were 6 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 8 p.m.
Half of the shuttle trips during peak times had no passengers, as the buses deadheaded back to pick up more passengers. Read article.
By Wendy Lee, SF Chronicle, February 28, 2018