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Muni travelers seeking additional express buses will be left waiting for the agency to decide to follow up the success of the NX-Judah Express.
Special express buses on busy Muni routes like the NX-Judah Express have been a hit with Muni passengers seeking to travel from downtown to the Outer Sunset in about an hour. But despite this success, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency does not appear eager to add to it by adding more express lines, according to the San Francisco Examiner.
Originally just a pilot program, the NX-Express was made a permanent Muni fixture by an action of the SFMTA Board on Tuesday. While there are sketchy ideas of making express lines on the T-Third and L-Taraval, Muni officials don't have any solid plans yet, according to a spokesman.
One holdup may be cost. Running the NX costs Muni an extra $1.8 million a year.
But with 20 percent -- 150,000 passengers -- of Muni's daily load riding the six light-rail lines, supplementary express bus service could be a solid way to ensure customers stay satisifed: the agency's received 150 positive comments regarding the NX to just 10 negative, according to the newspaper.