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San Francisco Transit Advocate Platform: Get Anywhere in 30 Minutes

Transit riders in the famously small city of San Francisco (in geographic size, anyway) have set a goal to design and build a system that makes it possible to travel between any two points in the city in 30 minutes or less.
May 9, 2016, 12pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Camden Avery reports: "This month, the San Francisco Transit Riders Union, a transit-focused grassroots advocacy and improvement organization, announced 30X30, its ambitious new efficiency benchmark for public transit in the city."

Armed with its own crowdfunding website, 30X30 sets a benchmark of making any part of San Francisco accessible by transit in 30 minutes or less by the year 2010. Reed Martin of the SFTRU is quoted explaining how that goal could be achieved:

"Fundamentally, the three cornerstones of how we get to 30X30 are increasing speed, frequency, and reliability," he said. That "means different approaches for different lines—everything from red carpet lanes, allowing buses to cruise past traffic, to subway expansion, enabling truly high-speed trains just below the surface."

The local transit system, Muni, recently implemented a new phase of the "Muni Forward" program by redesigning the system on a high frequency grid. Neither the article nor the 30X30 site mentions the Muni Forward program. 

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Published on Friday, May 6, 2016 in Hoodline
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