Muni Improvements Coming to Duboce and Church

Is it just us, or has "Muni" become the most offensive four-letter word in San Francisco?

It's the public transit system that everybody loves to hate these days — and with good reason. Muni's prone to near-daily glitches and delays, accidents and derailments are all too common, fares keep going up while schedules get cut, and the recent Clipper Card rollout was... well... not the smoothest.

We might forgive all of this, if boarding and riding Muni trains — especially our local workhorse, the N — wasn't such a dire, screechy, rumbly experience.

Well, two years ago, the good folks at the Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association came up with a plan to bring $20 million worth of improvements to our little slice of Muni hell, and the SFMTA is finally rolling the changes out, with a target completion date of 2012.

We're talking about stuff like replacing worn tracks, improving switches, and upgrading outdated equipment.

And, fantastically, they'll be extending the boarding islands on Duboce Ave, so you won't have to stand in the middle of the street like a crazy person anymore while you wait for the N to arrive.

To learn more about the project, you can attend a lunchtime forum today at SPUR (San Francisco Planning & Urban Research Association), at 654 Mission St. There'll be landscape architects on hand from RHAA, as well as reps from the DTNA and Department of Public Works. The event kicks off at 12:30, and is free for SPUR members ($5 for everyone else). Bring your own lunch, if you're hungry.

Whether we like it or not, Muni is here to stay, so let's hope these changes make our commute on the morning train just a little more pleasant.

And hopefully once they're done with this, they'll do something about Muni buses. Seriously, don't get us started on the buses.