Muni M-line to be restored
August 25, 2010 8:46 AM
The doors open as students file in and out.
The first day of instruction began at SF State and students waited on both sides of 19th Avenue to board buses on their way to and from classes.
While this has been a daily routine for many during the summer semester, students attending the fall 2010 semester are relieved to know that Muni services will be restored in a few weeks.
This includes restoration of the M Ocean View and K Ingleside railway lines to their original routes.
The St. Francis Circle Rail Replacement Project, which began May 17, is expected to be completed September 4.
"It's about time," said Danielle Serrano, 21, a health education major, as the 28 bus finally arrived at the stop across from the University. "The buses are super infrequent and usually crowded."
Selina Weiss, 21, an urban studies major said she's relieved that service is being restored to the rail line.
"Once the M-line starts, maybe the 29 won't be as crowded," Weiss said.
According to the SFMTA website, 61 percent of services are being restored since reductions took place in May.
Although MUNI cuts have taken place repeatedly by the Board of Supervisors, the setbacks have affected students and caused them to show up late to class and board buses late due to overcrowding.
Louvier Ko, 19, a biology major said using the M-line bus is "kind of a hassle and sucks for transfer when going downtown."
Currently, M-line riders must go to the West Portal station and transfer to the rail lines.
Ko said the M bus is frequent and convenient for people who ride bikes whereas it's difficult to take a bike on the rail line. She waits for the 28 bus to arrive and said in the past she's experienced multiple 28 buses arriving at one time and then not arriving for another hour.
Raymond Zhou, 19, a biology major utilizes both the 28 and the M-line bus. He said he will use the rail line when it becomes available because of its more frequent service.
The M-line rail will provide more services beginning 5:30 a.m. and arriving every 9-10 minutes between the hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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