The poor on-time performance of San Francisco’s public transit, which the city started reporting accurately over the summer, is officially a trend.
Muni vehicles were on time 58 percent in September, up a little more than one percent from the previous month. But it was more than 10 percentage points lower than the numbers the agency regularly reported last year using what it said was flawed methodology.
A shortage of drivers and an aging fleet of buses contributed to last month’s poor performance, said Muni spokesman Paul Rose. Rose gave the same reasons for August’s report card.
The new figures, released Wednesday , fall far short of the voter-mandated goal of 85 percent. Muni has never met the goal, set in 1999 through the passage of Proposition E.
The last inflated figure, published at the end of last year, was 71 percent. Using a more accurate count, it was adjusted to 61 percent.
Muni did put out more service in September (96 percent of scheduled transit trips) compared with August (94 percent), which led to the slight on-time performance improvement, Rose said.
The transit agency is making some headway in dealing with