It’s pretty safe to assume that tomorrow’s (and forever more’s) major Muni service cuts will impact us all — as the head of the Muni drivers’ union told SF Weekly, “The lines that remain are going to be much more crowded,” which means yay more fun for everyone!

The biggest change for me is that, as an N Judah rider, If I want to travel past the Embarcadero on weekends or holidays I’ll need to transfer to the T. I guess I’ll only have to do that if SoMa dweller Brock Keeling starts making me Sunday brunch.

So that’s my amazing workaround, to be employed if Keeling starts ponying up with the beginets. But what about you? Are you directly affected by the Muni slash, and, if so, what are you doing to work around it?

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Greg Dewar

    Stopping the N like that on Saturdays is so freakin’ stupid. Remember what a failwhale it was when they did this before, and it made going to a Giants game a nightmare? Stupid Muni.

    And stupid mainstream media like KTVU and the Chronicle, which have bought into Mayor Football Bat’s doublespeak about how this is an “improvement” or an “overhaul.” Ugh.

    Yay for SF Appeal, though.

  • Greg Dewar

    Stopping the N like that on Saturdays is so freakin’ stupid. Remember what a failwhale it was when they did this before, and it made going to a Giants game a nightmare? Stupid Muni.

    And stupid mainstream media like KTVU and the Chronicle, which have bought into Mayor Football Bat’s doublespeak about how this is an “improvement” or an “overhaul.” Ugh.

    Yay for SF Appeal, though.

  • NoeValleyCat

    I work in North Beach just a block or two away from Fisherman’s Wharf. MUNI has never made getting up here quick and easy. With the elimination of the 10 line, it’s going to be even harder and take much longer.

    My alternatives? The new 8BX (formerly 9BX) which goes down Stockton through Chinatown. One of the most hellish rides for any commuter: stopping every block, stuck in traffic behind garbage trucks, crowded past capacity and filled with rude riders with shopping bags.

    Or there’s the lovely F line. I love the streetcars, but let’s face it, MUNI treats it like a tourist shuttle with no thought to commuters. They’re great if you can catch one and if there’s enough room. But I’ve been left stranded by streetcars whizzing by one to many times to confidently rely on this line.

    So what are my choices. None but to suck it up and add more time to my commute. Thanks MUNI for not only taking more of money, but making it harder for me to use the system.

  • NoeValleyCat

    I work in North Beach just a block or two away from Fisherman’s Wharf. MUNI has never made getting up here quick and easy. With the elimination of the 10 line, it’s going to be even harder and take much longer.

    My alternatives? The new 8BX (formerly 9BX) which goes down Stockton through Chinatown. One of the most hellish rides for any commuter: stopping every block, stuck in traffic behind garbage trucks, crowded past capacity and filled with rude riders with shopping bags.

    Or there’s the lovely F line. I love the streetcars, but let’s face it, MUNI treats it like a tourist shuttle with no thought to commuters. They’re great if you can catch one and if there’s enough room. But I’ve been left stranded by streetcars whizzing by one to many times to confidently rely on this line.

    So what are my choices. None but to suck it up and add more time to my commute. Thanks MUNI for not only taking more of money, but making it harder for me to use the system.

  • Akit

    I’m a little shocked that Irwin Lum has come over to the public’s view that changes suck.

    I’m looking at Muni’s claim they will increase frequencies on the 38L, it normally runs on 7 minute cycles, but it would be changed to six minutes (as per 511). Not sure if one or two extra buses on the streets would actually help.

  • Akit

    I’m a little shocked that Irwin Lum has come over to the public’s view that changes suck.

    I’m looking at Muni’s claim they will increase frequencies on the 38L, it normally runs on 7 minute cycles, but it would be changed to six minutes (as per 511). Not sure if one or two extra buses on the streets would actually help.

  • Xenu

    I’ll be walking. I need more exercise anyway.

  • Xenu

    I’ll be walking. I need more exercise anyway.

  • sfresident

    This change won’t really get to me, although the 26 was nice at times. It’s almost always faster to walk from Montgomery to the ballpark than it is to take the N. Seriously. That’s how slow MUNI is.

    When they start charging the BART surcharge it won’t be fiscally prudent for me to get a fast pass anymore so I suspect I’ll end up walking, taking cabs, and driving more often. I’ll also not head into the inner sunset on the N or 24th on the J nearly as much. Lame.

  • sfresident

    This change won’t really get to me, although the 26 was nice at times. It’s almost always faster to walk from Montgomery to the ballpark than it is to take the N. Seriously. That’s how slow MUNI is.

    When they start charging the BART surcharge it won’t be fiscally prudent for me to get a fast pass anymore so I suspect I’ll end up walking, taking cabs, and driving more often. I’ll also not head into the inner sunset on the N or 24th on the J nearly as much. Lame.

  • Seven

    With more 71Ls rolling starting tomorrow and my employer finally ponying up for commuter benefits next month, I’m (shock and awe) actually looking at improved and cheaper Muni for my work commute in 2010. So there and stuff. Yeah.

  • Seven

    With more 71Ls rolling starting tomorrow and my employer finally ponying up for commuter benefits next month, I’m (shock and awe) actually looking at improved and cheaper Muni for my work commute in 2010. So there and stuff. Yeah.

  • raqcoon

    This won’t affect me much, if at all. Just like the fare increase in July affected me three times. And the forthcoming January increase (is there one?) can’t touch $2.99/gallon that gets me 30 city miles. Granted, I don’t have a dayjob, I work on my own and know when/where to park for free (or sponsored if I’m doing a gig). Unbelievably, sometimes driving and paying parking is still cheaper than Muni! But when I had a dayjob, I rode bicycle.

    With SFBC’s big plan (see my video), who needs Muni? Bicycling is $0.00 round-trip. It’s not the most perfect transportation (it’s actually kind of a hassle if you carry stuff, but you’ll figger it out), and you still have to ride Muni on rainy days (such as most of next week, right in sync with the Muni changes. Those will be stinky, crowded days on Muni).

    We all have to look at alternatives to Muni (aside from car/bike/BART, hey, how about a scooter or motorcycle?). If you’re a worker and don’t need a physical presence, why can’t you telecommute part of the time? Maybe full days or times you can come in and leave during non-commute hours. In fact, why not ask your boss to try it out during next week’s rainy days? Or maybe you’re the boss, WTF?

    MUNI BLOWS, DON’T DO IT!!! EVEN NATHANIEL FORD (probably) DOESN’T RIDE MUNI!

  • raqcoon

    This won’t affect me much, if at all. Just like the fare increase in July affected me three times. And the forthcoming January increase (is there one?) can’t touch $2.99/gallon that gets me 30 city miles. Granted, I don’t have a dayjob, I work on my own and know when/where to park for free (or sponsored if I’m doing a gig). Unbelievably, sometimes driving and paying parking is still cheaper than Muni! But when I had a dayjob, I rode bicycle.

    With SFBC’s big plan (see my video), who needs Muni? Bicycling is $0.00 round-trip. It’s not the most perfect transportation (it’s actually kind of a hassle if you carry stuff, but you’ll figger it out), and you still have to ride Muni on rainy days (such as most of next week, right in sync with the Muni changes. Those will be stinky, crowded days on Muni).

    We all have to look at alternatives to Muni (aside from car/bike/BART, hey, how about a scooter or motorcycle?). If you’re a worker and don’t need a physical presence, why can’t you telecommute part of the time? Maybe full days or times you can come in and leave during non-commute hours. In fact, why not ask your boss to try it out during next week’s rainy days? Or maybe you’re the boss, WTF?

    MUNI BLOWS, DON’T DO IT!!! EVEN NATHANIEL FORD (probably) DOESN’T RIDE MUNI!

  • sfresident

    Raqcoon, I may look and act fit but I can’t ride a bicycle. Seriously, I have an injury that prohibits me from riding a bike. I guess I could ride a motorcycle, but a hell of a lot of the kids and elderly who ride muni couldn’t do that. There are a whole lot of people like me in the city. We need effective and efficient public transit if we’re to get out of our cars. Better public transit makes for a better city.

  • sfresident

    Raqcoon, I may look and act fit but I can’t ride a bicycle. Seriously, I have an injury that prohibits me from riding a bike. I guess I could ride a motorcycle, but a hell of a lot of the kids and elderly who ride muni couldn’t do that. There are a whole lot of people like me in the city. We need effective and efficient public transit if we’re to get out of our cars. Better public transit makes for a better city.

  • raqcoon

    Hello sfresident. I agree. Not everybody can ride a bicycle or afford wheels, and perhaps don’t like those modes of transportation anyway. People require and can really enjoy public transportation. So, the city is aware that people need it, the city has heard the complaints and concerns, BUT instead of making improvements, guess what the f*cking city does: raises fares and cuts services. What kinda guano is that?

    Well, here you go. A guy named Gavin Newsom explains it all: Muni changes, Muni security, Muni absenteeism, if you can sit through a 17 minute video of the topdogg babbling, e.g., “dramatic changes will save us money.”

  • raqcoon

    Hello sfresident. I agree. Not everybody can ride a bicycle or afford wheels, and perhaps don’t like those modes of transportation anyway. People require and can really enjoy public transportation. So, the city is aware that people need it, the city has heard the complaints and concerns, BUT instead of making improvements, guess what the f*cking city does: raises fares and cuts services. What kinda guano is that?

    Well, here you go. A guy named Gavin Newsom explains it all: Muni changes, Muni security, Muni absenteeism, if you can sit through a 17 minute video of the topdogg babbling, e.g., “dramatic changes will save us money.”

  • rwhitesf

    I’ve been planning for this for over a year, since the initial attempt to abolish the 4 Sutter. Weather permitting, I commute to work on a hybrid electric bike. It’s a great way to transition in and out of the work day, I get reasonable exercise, and it’s a lot of fun. The vendor is local. I have no financial interest in his company so my endorsement is totally sincere. Go check out http://www.electroportal.com. The bike I ride is called the Charger/Comfort. The seller took over the inventory of a company that was putting these bikes out in the late 90’s and they are a great deal compared to the current hybrid bikes that are on the market, which cost twice as much. Only tricky stuff is navigating the diamond lanes, especially at night and staying clear of buses, getting out of the way of cabs and avoiding the occasional diamond lane scofflaw (not to mention idiot pedestrians and over aggressive bikers). But if you’re careful, don’t act aggressive, and light your bike up like the Queen Mary at night, it is definitely do-able. I’ve been commuting this way for over a year now.

  • rwhitesf

    I’ve been planning for this for over a year, since the initial attempt to abolish the 4 Sutter. Weather permitting, I commute to work on a hybrid electric bike. It’s a great way to transition in and out of the work day, I get reasonable exercise, and it’s a lot of fun. The vendor is local. I have no financial interest in his company so my endorsement is totally sincere. Go check out http://www.electroportal.com. The bike I ride is called the Charger/Comfort. The seller took over the inventory of a company that was putting these bikes out in the late 90’s and they are a great deal compared to the current hybrid bikes that are on the market, which cost twice as much. Only tricky stuff is navigating the diamond lanes, especially at night and staying clear of buses, getting out of the way of cabs and avoiding the occasional diamond lane scofflaw (not to mention idiot pedestrians and over aggressive bikers). But if you’re careful, don’t act aggressive, and light your bike up like the Queen Mary at night, it is definitely do-able. I’ve been commuting this way for over a year now.