Wiener calls for review on late night transit options

Supervisor Scott Wiener wants to make sure drunken revelers spilling out of San Francisco’s bars late at night can rely on Muni or other transit options to safely get home.

Wiener has called for a Board of Supervisors committee hearing with the public transportation agency and city departments to assess whether late-night transit is meeting the demands of the bustling nightlife. With a thriving local economy boosted by the technology industry boom, city nightlife is more active than ever.

“Our nightlife and entertainment industry is a significant part of our cultural and economic lifeblood, but we aren’t succeeding in giving people good options to get home safely at night,” Wiener said in a statement.

“We need to be sure that people leaving bars or getting off work late at night have reliable and accessible transit options, so they don’t drive drunk or end up waiting in the dark for a bus that comes once an hour.”

The hearing, which will occur in late February or early March, will include testimony from a variety of transportation operators, including Muni, BART, AC Transit, Transportation Network Companies and the taxi industry.

In addition to asking the transit operators to explain what late-night service they provide, the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development and the Entertainment Commission will report on the impacts late-night transit currently have on the nightlife industry.

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