A block too far

Because I’m a bit of a transit nerd, I took a few hours today to ride the new Muni Metro T-Third line on its first day of operation. The line is open for a shakedown period from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends only until April.

Right now all the facilities of the line are in operation — the trains and stations. It runs all the way from Castro Station to the Embarcadero, the 4th St. CalTrain terminal, and all the way down Third St. on the east side of the city.

It’s supposed to take 31 minutes to go from the CalTrain terminal to the end of the line at Sunnydale Ave. Today, it took a LOT longer. Clearly the operators are under instructions to take it slow until the people of the Bayview District get used to the idea of hundred-ton trains coming down the middle of their main street.

Part of the reason I wanted to ride the line today is to confirm that it does not actually go to the Bayshore CalTrain station. Indeed, it stops about 1000 frightening feet short of the Bayshore CalTrain station, despite some maps that show the line reaching the station. View a popup showing the incorrect map.

The only way to reach the Bayshore CalTrain station from the Sunnydale terminus of the T-Third line is to walk up the butt-end of Sunnydale:
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… through a parking lot, between some rusty shipping containers:
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through a wasteland, and up to the platform.

The right way to get from the T-Third line to the Bayshore CalTrain station is to get off at Arleta, the stop before Sunnydale, and walk from there. It is both closer and safer. Don’t believe Muni’s map!

3 Comments so far

  1. tyler82 (unregistered) on January 13th, 2007 @ 3:03 pm

    Wouldn’t it be easier to just ride the train to the King St. Caltrain station and switch there?
    Do the traffic lights on the surface streets change green for the light rail vehicles, or do the trains have to wait for the lights to change just like oridinary traffic. I hope this isn’t the case because then it would be just like riding the bus.


  2. $667 - aka - budget of the beast (unregistered) on January 13th, 2007 @ 3:12 pm

    What were we expecting for just $667 million, you can’t even hire a couple drug addled atheletes for that kind of money these days…


  3. mark (unregistered) on January 13th, 2007 @ 5:55 pm

    Wouldn’t it be easier to just ride the train to the King St. Caltrain station and switch there?

    Yeah, but you’d be going north just to go south. That might work if you live north of Cesar Chavez.

    Actually the problem is also for the people trasferring from the train to Muni.



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