Streetsblog San Francisco reports on the first day of the most substantial bus network changes in 30 years, including the first Monday without the 26-Valencia bus line, which was finally abolished after a century of semi-redundant operations.
As I explained here, the 26 ran infrequently along Valencia Street, just one block west of very frequent services on Mission Street, so it’s long been the case that if you don’t see a 26 coming, it’s usually faster to walk to Mission than wait for the next 26.
Streetsblog reports the changes went pretty smoothly. But they also captured the wistfulness of the moment.
Other riders said they recognized the abundance of transit
alternatives, and the 26’s low frequency made it an understandable
candidate for cancellation. Still, some said they preferred it to the
Mission Street lines because of its less-crowded buses.
Yes, we all like to ride uncrowded buses. I really enjoy dining in uncrowded restaurants too. And yet the odd thing is, however much I patronize my favorite uncrowded restaurants, they seem to go out of business sooner than the crowded ones do. I wonder why that is.