Muni looks to stretch its most scenic route


Fall asleep on many Muni lines, and you might wake up somewhere you want to get away from as quick as possible.

Fall asleep on the 76-Marin Headlands, and you might wake up somewhere you want to stay as long as you can.

One of Muni’s quirkiest, least-frequent and most-scenic bus routes — the Sunday-only, once-an-hour 76 — could be facing its biggest overhaul in decades.

The only Muni line to cross the Golden Gate Bridge, the 76 shuttles 250 to 300 locals and tourists every Sunday to and from the Marin Headlands.

The 13-mile bus line has an on-time performance rate of just 10 percent, and often leaves riders stranded for up to 90 minutes, the Ex reports.

But hey, on the bright side, the 76 is both wheelchair-accessible and bicycle friendly.

San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency directors are expected to vote Tuesday to overhaul the 76 line by:

  • Expanding service to Saturday and Sunday;
  • Eliminating largely unused downtown stops; and
  • Extending the line another three-quarters of a mile in the Marin Headlands to the quaint Point Bonita lighthouse.

The Muni drivers’ union is on board with the changes, saying they back any changes in service that bumps up ridership. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area — which of course includes the entirety of the Marin Headlands — offered up $235,000 to operate the line for 14 months.

Jesse Garnier
Jesse Garnier is the editor and founder of SFBay. A Mission District native, he also teaches journalism as associate professor at San Francisco State University.

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