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The City Is Skipping the Bus



    The City Is Skipping the Bus
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    Muni ridership is down in the City.

    Do public transportation riders have a threshold? According to a new survey they do in the City.

    San Franciscans are skipping Muni more often and fare increases and service reductions are to blame. But Muni officials say it's not all doom and gloom.

    "Considering the service reductions, fare increases and the national trends of other agencies around the country, we anticipated ridership to drop more than it did," Municipal Transportation Agency Spokesman Paul Rose told the San Francisco Chronicle adding that high unemployment is also a contributing factor.

    But in a city that wants to be transit first and cut down on cars, it is a problem. San Francisco was just ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the nation to park a car.

    And despite recently pulling money together to restore more than half of Muni's service cuts earlier this year, ridership for the last fiscal year is down 4.4 percent from the rpevious year, according to Muni.

    The agency has seen 10 million fewer people riding its buses, trollies and light-rail. While cable car ridership is up.