Life Without The 15

10 Townsend I keep hearing from neighbors about the demise of the 15. From North Beach we now have very constricted ways to get downtown and to the BART lines. This is fallout from the T-Third. The 15 was discontinued in April, and now all roads basically point to Chinatown. It sucks. Taking the 30 means: sitting through the madness of produce trucks unloading, with a glittering prospect of Union Square shopping madness afterwards. The old 10 route went quickly down a one-way street.
MUNI news report.
Discontinued 15 route: PDF
Two neighbors now make the haul out to the 10. The issue I have with the 10 is that if it’s having issues, I don’t have a backup out there, except for the F-Ferries, which has an even more infrequent run. Twice I’ve just taken cabs because both failed me. The 15 was a great route. The one-ways on the other side of Telegraph are a key to getting folks out of the North Beach area. Funnelling through Chinatown is not a wise idea.

3 Comments so far

  1. n judah chronicles (unregistered) on May 23rd, 2007 @ 3:24 pm

    The central subway they are proposing will do nothing to alleviate any of these problems, sadly, and will result in years of disruption as they build a Tunnel to Nowhere.

    It would be easier to restore streetcar service (after all, the Stockton Tunnel was built not for autos but for TRAINS) or, at the very least, give North Beach folks more options via the bus. As it stands, getting outta the neighborhood is not quick or easy – and it’s not like there’s tons of parking for cars anyway!

  2. lil mike (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 2:57 pm

    My heart goes out the stranded denizens of one of the city’s finest neighborhoods, and ironically optionless transit districts.

    The people who run the MTA/Muni in SF are obviously incompetent, and most likely never ride their crappy transit system runs except on ceremonial photo op occasions with the mayor.

    One thing is for sure, non of them live along the 15 route, and North Beach residents may have to file a class action lawsuit to get it reinstated…

    As for the Central Subway, it shoulda been abandoned years ago, but sucking over a billion in taxpayer dough to pay for it is too enticing for these vampires.

    Maybe Ed Jew will help yer neighborhood when he gets back into town…

  3. PJ Hyett (unregistered) on May 24th, 2007 @ 4:58 pm

    According to the North Beach Aquarium, there’s a good chance some semblance of the 15 line will be back by July. Muni is well aware they messed up big time.

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