Muni boasts record on-time performance for third quarter 

It’s still not the voter-mandated level of 85 percent, but Muni vehicles recorded a 75 percent on-time performance in the third quarter of last fiscal year — the highest mark ever achieved.

The data comes from the three-month period covering January through March, and it marks a 2.7 percent increase from the previous quarter, according to new information provided by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni.

Much of the improvement can be attributed to the service changes implemented Dec. 5, said SFMTA system analyst Travis Fox, who presented the information at the agency’s Policy and Governance Committee meeting Tuesday.

Those changes, which came in response to lingering budget shortfalls, involved a mix of service enhancements, reductions and reallocations, and were included in the agency’s lengthy Transit Effectiveness Project, the most in-depth analysis of the Muni system in decades.

Muni’s previous high for on-time performance came in the third quarter of the 2008-2009 fiscal year, when the agency recorded a 74.5 percent mark. As part of a voter-backed expansion of the transit agency in 1999, Muni was required to post an 85 percent on-time rate, but that mark has never been close to being achieved.

“Improving Muni’s on-time performance is fundamental to the SFMTA’s mission,” agency spokesman Paul Rose said. “This data clearly shows that the service changes and running-time adjustments we implemented in December are working to improve the system.”

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