Market Street

   I have a plan for our great Market Street that I think will make most people happy. It is quite simple. 

* No cars allowed

* No more MUNI buses allowed- About 4 months ago I was stuck on Market. I counted 10, yes 10 buses back to back, to back, to back, to back, to, back, to back, to back, to back, to back!!! You call that transportation?!

   What will be allowed:

* Our beautiful and historic F-line trains.

* Of course, delivery trucks.

* Bikes, scooters, etc.

* And for the "pièce de résistance"; I got this idea from Bergenline Avenue in North Bergen, New Jersey. It is a heavily traveled avenue, about 5 miles long. They have plenty of buses. What they also have that I just loved are small privately-owned buses that will stop for you with a wave of your hand, travel down the avenue and let you out wherever you want!

   We could do something similar on Market. Instead of privately-owned, each small bus (like those chariot buses) would be run by a local non-profit. They could dress up their bus however they like. 

 

    For example:

You arrive at Market and Van Ness, the F-line is not there at that time. You see the mini-bus for the SFSPCA coming; you wave your hand, you hop on, and pay $2 dollars. You tell the driver "5th street please", the driver drives down makket, you hop off, and have a short walk down the block.

    Pop pop! you're there!

   The Benefits:

* A wide open market street

* Beautiful colorful mini-buses mixed in with the wonderful F-line.

* Muni drivers now freed up to drive other routes.

Thinking about solutions,

Paul

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