Save Muni Minutes – January 21, 2019

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Present: Bob Feinbaum (Chair), David Pilpel, Herb Weiner, Rick Hall, Ed Mason, Chris Bowman, Eva Chao, Jerry Cauthen, Allen Kessler, Angelo Figone, Howard Wong, Paul Cummings

Administration – Save Muni bank account re-established.

By Laws – Draft by laws presented for discussion. Several comments received. The by-laws committee will meet prior to the February meeting of Save Muni to recommend a final proposal for adoption.

Chariot – Discussion about the implications of Chariot’s decision to stop service in San Francisco shortly. Comments focused mainly on the announcement that MUNI will be training former Chariot drivers. Save Muni will send a letter to Ed Reiskin requesting information about the training these drivers will receive. Angelo said we should also be asking about the need that Chariot fills and the origin and destination of its riders. He suggested that the MTA planners should address these issues in a cost effective manner.

Transit in Japan – Guest speaker Paul Cummings shared an informative presentation about the subway systems in Tokyo and Osaka and the interurban railroads.

The old Japan Railways has been broken into multiple companies that use Tokyo subway platforms and pop out the other end to travel to other destinations. Tokyo has two subway companies (4 lines in one, and 9 in the other) ; all the subway and railroad companies in Japan make a profit.

Tokyo subways have 285 stations and serve 8.7 million passengers/day with 2,800 rail cars. Compare that to BART with 48 stations and 385,000 riders/day. Tokyo station has 17 km of shopping, most in small shops, all of which take transit cards serviced by private companies (Pasmo and Swika) The cards have far more capability than Clipper 2.0 will have. Why not buy the Japanese system rather than re-inventing the wheel ?

Japan built a lot of subways for the Olympics in the 1960s. And broke up Japan Railways into 4 companies. Osaka recently totally privatized its subways. The Osaka subways carry 2 million passengers a day on 9 lines.

Tokyo subway trains run every 2 minutes on each of the 13 lines. Most trains run at 160 % of capacity. If trains are late, the subway company is responsible for the wages of the late workers on the train. Hence trains run on time. The first car is always reserved for ladies. For the visually impaired there are tactile ribbons throughout the stations.

Next meeting, Monday February 18.

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