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Release date: March 14, 2013

*** Press Release ***

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which manages transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced that due to a reduction in ridership during the spring breaks for San Francisco State University and the San Francisco Unified School District, Monday, March 25 to Friday, March 29, Muni will implement minor daytime frequency adjustments. In addition, several commute routes will see permanent minor adjustments to provide greater efficiency for those schedules.

The SFMTA Strategic Plan calls for the Agency to make limited schedule adjustments during seasonal ridership lulls in order to be more efficient with public funds. The changes being implemented March 25 to 29 will be minor and reduce employee overtime and vehicle maintenance for the week—saving the Agency approximately $45,000. The first implementation of such changes made in December matched the reduced demand and saved the Agency $275,000. Similar schedule changes may also be put in place during the summer.

“Last December we learned that by making small service adjustments based on ridership data, we could achieve three important goals – reduced overtime, decreased fuel and maintenance costs and increased operating efficiency,” said Ed Reiskin, SFMTA Director of Transportation. “Spring break offers another opportunity to better match Muni service with customer demand and improve our effective use of public funds for Muni operations.”

The upcoming changes are based on data collected last year that compared the number of people riding Muni during the 2012 spring break to a regular week during the spring. The data showed a nearly 17 percent decrease in riders at the busiest time in the morning and almost a nine percent decrease at the busiest point in the afternoon.

The following lines will have minor frequency adjustments during the morning and afternoon commutes March 25 to 29:

  • 8AX/8BX Bayshore Express
  • 9L San Bruno Limited
  • 14 Mission Local
  • 22 Fillmore
  • 24 Divisadero
  • 29 Sunset
  • 31 Balboa
  • 38 Geary
  • 43 Masonic
  • 48 Quintara-24th Street
  • 49 Van Ness-Mission

In addition, the 28L 19th Avenue Limited which focuses on school trips will not operate. Regular weekday frequencies on these routes will be restored on Monday, April 1. For a list of specific frequency adjustments, visit or call 311.

Permanent Muni Schedule Changes

Also starting on Monday, March 25, the following permanent schedule changes will go into effect:

  • 80X Gateway Express trip at 7:05 a.m. will be discontinued. Passengers may take the 82X Levi Plaza Express departing Caltrain at 7:05 a.m. The 82X serves all 80X stops.
  • 82X Levi Plaza Express trip at 8:30 a.m. will be discontinued. Passengers may take the 8:25 a.m. or 8:45 a.m. 82X trips.
  • 1AX, 1BX, 31AX, 31BX, 38AX, and 38BX – Minor adjustments to the afternoon commute departure times from downtown to improve service reliability.

For more information on Muni service, please call the San Francisco Customer Service Center at 311 or visit For additional information on Muni's Accessible Services Program, please call (415) 701-4485 or TTY (415) 701-4730.

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