Weekend Night Closures – Forest Hill and West Portal Stations –

I was taking the Muni downtown yesterday, when a Muni employee stopped me. She handed me the flyer below, and told me the station would be closed weekend nights (Friday and Saturday) from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. It’ll last through June 17th, and they’ll have buses. All the details are available at SFMTA.com, or on 311.

I really appreciated the outreach. I’m seldom that late on the Muni, but when I am – it’s often a weekend.


Join a UC Berkeley Study to Improve MUNI

muni busI was away for a few days, and came back to this letter in my email:

May I extend the invitation below to your neighborhood? I am a Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley, and we are working on an innovative, smartphone-based research study to improve Muni. We are going to start next week, and it involves a free Muni pass for anybody who participates! I would greatly appreciate it if you could help us get the word out about this study, and perhaps via a mailing list you maintain or the blog?

Thank you very much!

Andre Carrel,  Ph.D. Candidate, University of California, Berkeley

I don’t know how many spots they have, or how long it will take to fill up – but here it is:
Subject: Free Muni pass for a month!

Dear San Francisco Resident,

Would you like to receive a free Muni pass and help improve transportation in San Francisco?

The University of California, Berkeley invites you to participate in the San Francisco Travel Quality Study. This is an innovative, smartphone-based study in which you can give direct feedback to improve Muni. Whether you are a driver who is tired of traffic, parking hassles, and $4 gas, or a Muni rider who would like to tell us about your experiences, we want to hear from you! For more information, and to apply, please visit:http://sftravelstudy.berkeley.edu

Help improve your city, reduce congestion, and help the environment.

Hurry! Limited slots are available and will fill quickly.

Please forward this opportunity to anyone you know who might be interested in participating.


Andre Carrel, Ph.D. student, UC Berkeley

On a different, slightly-related, topic: Did you know that Muni buses are watching you? Among the notes on the side of the vehicle is this one: “WARNING”/ YOUR PICTURE AND VOICE/ MAY BE RECORDED ON THIS VEHICLE

muni bus is watching you

MUNI Again…meetings in March/April 2010

Someone gave us a heads up on Muni – it’s short of funds, it needs more cuts, and its having public meetings about it.

Here’s the MUNI letter:


“Dear Community Leaders and Transit Colleagues,
The SFMTA Board of Directors confronts a challenging budget situation for both the current fiscal year and the next two-year budget cycle. After layoffs and other cost-cutting measures that began last November, the SFMTA still faces a current-year $16.9 million shortfall.
The solutions before the Agency and those impacted by its decisions are both painful and unpopular.
Proposed solutions include:
Reduced frequencies and shorter service hours for Muni
• Muni fare increases and parking fee and fine increases

Your opinion counts. Please attend one of the following meetings to learn more and to provide public comment.

FY 2010 Focus
Town Hall Meetings, One South Van Ness Ave. @ Market St., 2nd Floor Atrium
Saturday, Feb. 6 – 10 a.m. to noon
Tuesday, Feb. 9 – 6 to 8 p.m.

SFMTA Board Meeting, City Hall Room 400
Tuesday, Feb. 16 – 9 a.m. (public hearing and possible Board action)

FY 2011-2012 Focus
Town Hall Meetings, One South Van Ness Ave. @ Market St., 2nd Floor Atrium
Wednesday, March 10 – 6 p.m.
Saturday, March 20 – 10 a.m.

SFMTA Board Meetings, City Hall Room 400
Tuesday, March 30 – 2 p.m.
Tuesday, April 6 – 2 p.m. (public hearing and possible Board action)
Tuesday, April 20 – 2 p.m. (public hearing and possible Board action)

If you cannot attend one of the meetings, visit www.sfmta.com for details or send an e-mail to sfmtabudget@ sfmta.com or call 311.


Judson True
Communications Manager


As of now, the proposal for reduced frequencies does not appear to affect the 36 Teresita bus service.  It does affect the K,L,M lines that pass through Forest Hill Station, and several others as well.

Public Transport

[This has been edited and updated on Dec 06, 2009.]


The closest Muni station is the Forest Hill station, (where you can get the K,L, M and T lines), opposite Laguna Honda Hospital. The closest BART station is at Glen Park, where, ironically, there is no parking.

Forest Knolls is served by one bus-route, the 36 Teresita, which operates between Forest Hill Station, Forest Knolls, and Midtown Terrace. (Following a recent route-change on that stretch, the other leg of the route goes from Forest Hill Station out to Glen Park BART station and on to St Luke’s Hospital at Cesar Chavez & Valencia – see below).

Here’s the new route of the 36 Teresita (dark pink). The dotted black lines show a discontinued route.


Starting 5 December, 2009, the 36 Teresita was re-routed to go to Glen Park BART station and St. Luke’s Hospital (part of the 26 route) instead of Balboa Park.

  • The section between Forest Hill Muni station and Forest Knolls was not affected.
  • The service now stops at 11 p.m. (last bus at 11 p.m. at Forest Hill Station and 11.10 from St Luke’s Hospital)
  • The rush-hour frequency was formerly 20 minutes, but is now 30 minutes. (It was 20 minutes on weekdays 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m., 30 minutes at other times).

Details on all Muni route changes are here.

The the MTA website still shows the old routes, but they’re fixing it. When it’s done, it will have route information and a time-table.

The former route is shown below.

Route map for 36 Teresita (not to scale)
Route map for 36 Teresita (not to scale)