Ever since Muni cut several lines of service last December, Kari Gregg of San Francisco frequently finds herself waiting at the bus stop, hoping a bus will be able to take her to work on time.
Unfortunately, Gregg isn’t alone. Many other workers and residents in Bernal Heights have been affected by the service cuts and find themselves waking up earlier to wait for the busses which run less frequently than they did before.
“If you miss the one you were going to catch, you have to wait another 30 minutes for the next one and that is just unacceptable,” said Gregg, who commutes to her babysitting job in Bernal Heights, “And since they’ve made those cuts, the buses have been unpredictable.”
Three buses currently run in the area, but many have been affected by the service cuts. One bus that traveled along Valencia was eliminated a month ago, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Web site. Another bus used to travel on the western side of Bernal Heights, but that segment was also discontinued, so now it travels only along Folsom Street.
“Now the frequency is all over the place,” said Matt Easterlin, a local resident who had to change bus lines.
According to 511.org, an online public transit planner for the Bay Area, the bus that travels along Cortland Avenue is supposed to arrive approximately every 10 minutes on weekdays and every 15 minutes on the weekends, but according to many Bernal Heights residents, this is not true.