Newsom, Dufty, Ford, announce J-Church
on-time performance pilot program
Newsom pledges to implement
18-month Transit Effectiveness Project
Mayor Gavin Newsom (left) and SFMTA Director Nathaniel Ford (right)
rode the J-Church MUNI line Friday to announce a new on-time performance
pilot project. Recent SFMTA on time performance (OTP) reports
have shown the J-Church line to be the citys lowest performing
From the Mayor's Office of Communications
March 3, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO Joined by Supervisor Bevan Dufty
and Executive Director/CEO of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation
Agency (SFMTA) Nathaniel Ford, Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced
a new on-time performance pilot project on the J-Church light
Recent SFMTA on-time performance (OTP) reports have shown the
J to be the citys lowest performing rail line at 61.9%.
As part of the Transit Effectiveness Projects (TEP) Early
Action Plan, the SFMTA will apply the findings from the 1-California
pilot to a rail line to help the agency understand how to improve
on-time performance system wide.
The 1-California pilot recently resulted in an increase in on-time
performance from 81% to 88% over a three-month period.
Thanks to the leadership of Supervisor Dufty on this issue,
we have the opportunity to apply what we learned from the 1-California
to improve service for all of the citys rail lines,
61% is a D-. We can and must do better, Newsom added.
"J-Church riders have suffered from dismal service and I'm
glad that the City is keeping faith and committed to turning things
around, said Supervisor Dufty.
Supervisor Bevan Dufty with daughter Sidney Dufty
Some problems were due to lack of equipment and drivers,
but fundamentally, I believe that we can change this and win back
the confidence of the riders," Dufty said.
"The TEP is pointing the SFMTA in the right direction to
improve service city-wide, Ford Said.
SFMTA Director Nathaniel Ford
By focusing on the lowest performing rail line, we hope
not only to show improved service reliability on the J-Church
in the short term, but also to gain successful strategies for
improving all rail service in San Francisco," Ford continued.
The SFMTA will focus MUNI and DPT resources on vehicle and operator
availability, street supervision, and coordination with traffic
enforcement on the J line. The agency will work to identify locations
with multiple or frequent violations which impede traffic flow,
and identify and begin implementation of traffic management changes
to improve service delivery.
The pilot also includes on-going analysis to compare pilot performance
to initial data, including collecting weekly data on OTP, vehicle
loads, and overall performance of operations and enforcement.
The J-Church pilot study will begin March 5, 2007 and will conclude
July 13, 2007. The study will include a multidisciplinary effort
to improve the J-Church OTP during peak service times over the
On an average weekday, the J line has an average weekday ridership
In his 2006 State
of the City Address, Newsom pledged to make transit
first a reality for all San Franciscans by for the
first time in 25 years conducting a system wide analysis
of routes and ridership, with a goal to fundamentally overhaul
For more information on MUNI service, please call MUNIs
Telephone Information Center at (415) 673 MUNI (673-6864), or
For additional information on MUNI's Accessible Services Program,
please call (415) 701 4485 or TTY (415) 701-4730.
Established by voter proposition in 1999, the SFMTA, a department
of the City and County of San Francisco, oversees both the Municipal
Railway (MUNI) and the Department of Parking and Traffic. With
five modes of transit, MUNI has 700,000 passenger boardings each
Over 35,000 extra vehicles enter San Francisco on any given business
day, and rely on DPT to keep the flow of cars, transit vehicles,
delivery trucks, pedestrians, and bicycles moving smoothly through