Muni continues to inch along slowly, report says


San Francisco Muni buses are not moving any faster.

A 2016 citywide benchmark report looked at how San Francisco compares to other cities in the state and throughout the United States in topics like public health, livability, housing, demographics and transportation. The San Francisco Controller’s Office released the report on Feb. 14.

The report, which compared data with 16 other cities, showed the average speed for Muni’s motor coaches was 8.1 miles per hour – the slowest among all cities. The average Muni motor coach speed in the 2014 benchmarking report also hovered around eight miles per hour.

Muni also placed second to last with the slowest average light rail speed of 10.8 miles per hour out of 10 cities with light rail service. Trolleybuses in San Francisco moved even slower than motor coaches at 6.3 miles per hour.

The figures come from 2014 data from the National Transit Database.

Congestion may have something do with the slow-moving Muni buses. The report said the San Francisco and Oakland metro area had the third highest number of rush hours per day.

San Francisco did rank high against other cities in the way people get around. Using data from the 2014 American Community Survey, the city ranked second with 34 percent of people using public transportation. It also ranked third in both walking and biking.

The City was the second lowest among those who commute using a car, truck or van.

Data gathered from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, which is used to by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to track traffic fatalities including pedestrian fatalities, showed San Francisco had the sixth lowest with 3.6 fatalities per 100,000 population.

The 2016 benchmarking report is available  on the The City’s controller’s website.

Jerold Chinn
Jerold Chinn is the San Francisco Bureau Chief of SFBay. A San Francisco native, he has spent a decade covering transportation in San Francisco. Send tips to or at Twitter @Jerold_Chinn.

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