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LATE NIGHT TRANSPORTATION UPDATE

A special thanks to all that showed up at the Land Use Committee Hearing yesterday at City Hall in support of a late night transportation. The room was packed in this first of many hearings to explore this complex issue. CMAC wants to especially thank Supervisor Scott Wiener for his leadership in tackling the subject and for pushing MTA and BART to look beyond the status quo to the greater possibilities ahead. 

What we heard yesterday was that the existing late night transit system is wholly inadequate and unworthy of a world-class city. (This, of course, will come as no surprise to anyone who has ever tried to get home to the Outer Sunset at 1:30 in the morning.) We heard a lot about the real limitations that transit agencies, especially BART, face in expanding and improving late night services. All the while, though, us old timers in the audience couldn't help remember that we heard the same excuses from BART 10 years ago at the Entertainment Commission. 

Clearly, the San Francisco of tomorrow is hardly knowable given the rapid pace of change that is happening in real time all around us. The one thing we can count on, however, is that the SF of the future will be a 24/7/365 city with more people living here and working here than ever before, and that this population will be working, playing and socializing in yet unimaginable ways. We believe that it is time for the City to get out in front of this curve and reimagine a late night transportation system that provides greater accessibility, convenience and safety for our locals, commuters and tourists of the other 9 - 5. 

Supervisor Wiener called for the creation of a stake-holder task force for the purpose of producing a late night transportation plan for ultimate incorporation into the City's master transportation plan. CMAC applauds this idea and will work to be an meaningful part of these discussions. This is progress!

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