Due to road closures, officials are urging individuals who need to go downtown to use public transportation. Bailey O’Carol is reporting live from The Newsroom with more information about the potential for increased ridership on the Muny transit system. This week is like a Super Bowl for public transit in San Francisco, as many people will rely heavily on it to avoid the anticipated heavy traffic.
Some individuals who stopped using public transit during the pandemic see this as an opportunity to reconsider their choice. Don Anworth, who currently drives to work, believes that once the traffic increases to pre-Covid levels, using Muny will be faster.
However, concerns about safety and reliability have deterred some people from using public transportation in the city. Despite these concerns, officials are urging the public to take advantage of public transit due to the numerous road closures, including lane closures on the Bay Bridge.
BART, in particular, is expecting a surge in ridership and has prepared for it by increasing staff, enhancing security measures, and lengthening trains. To assist passengers, Muny will reroute multiple buses to accommodate the street closures.
Volunteers have been distributing maps and pamphlets to keep people informed about the route changes. Normal services will continue for both BART and Muny..