M Ocean View Muni Service Partially Restored After Community Advocacy

On Monday, the SFMTA restored partial M Ocean View service after the community said it was cut off from essential services.

A Muni employees helps a rider during Twin Peaks Tunnel closure in June 2018. SFMTA/COURTESY PHOTO
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This week, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency restored operating the M Ocean View light-rail route with bus service, dubbed a “Community Shuttle,” after community advocacy.

The partial reintroduction was made due to ridership trends, staffing availability and community feedback, according to an announcement on the SFMTA’s website.

Despite its high number of vacant storefronts, the corridors on which the M line runs is highly active with a number of faith-based organizations, government facilities and nonprofit service providers.

“Due to the advocacy from our office and many community leaders, the SFMTA will return a portion of the M line via bus starting this upcoming Monday,” District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai announced in his daily email newsletter. “This line will ensure that transportation to the OMI is not cut off and that community members can reach essential services outside the neighborhood.”

The bus will run between Balboa Park and West Portal stations on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. every 20 minutes.

“Now we need the K line opened to serve Ocean Avenue neighbors,” SFMTA Citizens’ Advisory Committee Chair Dan Weaver told The Light.

For more information, visit www.sfmta.org.

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