Muni K & M Line Changes – Rebutting the MTA’s Plan



The SFMTA has been developing its plans for the K and M Lines for many months.  The SFMTA’s plan can be found on its website. Here is SaveMuni’s alternative plan for the K and M lines:

Between the West Portal and 15th Avenue, the K and M-Line tracks would remain on the surface but be slightly separated from other West Portal Avenue traffic by being placed in a 3 inch raised median.  South of 15th Avenue, the tracks would descend into subway and pass under the St. Francis Circle Intersection.

After passing under St. Francis Circle the K-Line tracks would ascend to the surface in the median of Junipero Serra to join the existing tracks.

After passing under St. Francis Circle the M-Line tracks would remain depressed under Ocean Avenue (with a depressed station at Ocean) and the northbound lanes of 19th Avenue to the median of 19th Avenue where they would ascend to the surface and join the existing tracks.  North of Holloway the tracks would descend into a depressed station at Holloway.  The new Holloway Station would be easily and safely pedestrian-accessible from both sides of 19th Avenue by wide and well-lighted depressed walkways.  Plenty of bicycle storage would be provided at all stations, including in particular the Holloway Station.

South of Holloway the M-Line tracks would remain in subway along today’s alignment.  After passing under the 19th/Junipero Serra intersection and Sargent Street the tracks would ascend to grade and join the existing tracks.  The M-Line terminal would remain at Balboa Park and efforts would be made to reduce the M-Line trip times between Holloway and Balboa Park.

Previous SFMTA plans to:

o  build a new subway along the west side of 19th Avenue,

o  locate a M-Line subway station and underground train storage yard in the eastern part of the privately-owned Parkmerced development and,

o  truncate M-Line at Park Merced

would be dropped.

It is estimated that SaveMuni’s plan would cut at least a billion dollars from the cost of the SFMTA’s plan.  Under SaveMuni’s plan residents in all parts of Parkmerced and S.F. State University students would be taken to and from the Holloway Station by inexpensive shuttle buses.   The cost of the shuttle bus service would be shared among the riders, Parkmerced and S.F. State University.

The SFMTA’s plan to run four-car trains to the end of the M-Line would also be dropped. Running four-car trains (at roughly $5 million a car) to the ends of lines when only one or two cars are needed would be a very poor use of tax dollars.

SaveMuni believes that the above-described changes would better and more cost-effectively serve southwest San Francisco, especially if better and more regular LRV surface operations allowed K, M and L trains to be efficiently joined into longer trains at West Portal.

Gerald Cauthen,
For SaveMuni



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