“Let’s take a hard look at late night transit options” Says Supe, Forms Working Group

San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced a resolution at this afternoon’s Board of Supervisors meeting to form a late night transportation working group that will create a plan to improve after-hours public transit in the region.

Earlier this month, Wiener convened a hearing at the Board of Supervisors’ Land Use and Economic Development Committee with select city agencies, entertainment and nightlife advocates, transportation officials as well as late night and early morning workers and employers to discuss the apparent dearth of late travel options.

Wiener has called for better and safer after-hours service, especially since BART and the San Francisco Municipal Railway do not run 24 hours.

He said there are limited public transit options for late night workers and residents and visitors leaving bars and other nightlife venues.

The supervisor said after the hearing it was determined that economical options such as transbay bus service and Muni late night OWL service is sporadic and not well publicized for late night travelers.

The working group will be tasked with proposing solutions that can lead to policy change, he said.

The group will include members of late night industries, workers, transportation providers and other stakeholders. The San Francisco Entertainment Commission and the city’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development will oversee this working group.

The group will report back to the Board of Supervisors in about six months, according to Wiener.

“Let’s take a hard look at late night transit options,” Wiener said at today’s meeting.

He said a full-scale review of late night transit hasn’t been done before despite a 2011 finding that the city’s nighttime economy contributes $4.2 billion annually, generates about $50 million in tax revenue and employs more than 50,000 people.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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  • sebra leaves

    How much time and money will the city spend to avoid the obvious solution to the late night transportation that cost the city nothing? Private cars and cabs work fine and are the safest transportation at night.

  • sfparkripoff

    Supervisor Scott Wiener will do anything to distract the public from the real issues that voters care about. He cant the balance the city budget, reform public worker pensions, or get the MUNI to run on time so he wastes his time (and our money) on
    banning nudity, Happy Meals, and trying to tax soft drinks.

    All the is really doing is keeping the “City Family” funded with huge $100,000 salaries and LAVISH GOLD PLATED PENSIONS! If anyone doubts why San Francisco is broke, look no further than the fact that 1 out of 3 public employees make over $100,000 a year, 20% more than the private sector pay, with vastly better benefits and health care. The crushing weight of San Francisco City employees’ salaries and benefits is one reason the City keeps pushing new taxes on to residents.

    For the love of God with someone run against this narcissistic idiot.

  • Charles

    Umm… Muni does run all night. See: http://transit.511.org/accessible/providers/allnighter.pdf for a Bay Area wide map. Of course, the SamTrans bus runs only three trips, and AC is running hourly, but in SF, the L and N lines are covered by bus service, the 14, 22, 38, and 108 lines run their full length, the 24 runs a slightly shortened route, and the K, T, 8x, 9, 28, 30 and 47 lines are covered by the 90 and 91 owl lines. All of these Muni owls run every 30 minutes, with timed transfers. That’s better than the daytime service in most US cities.