By Alyssa Pereira

Good news night owls and concert-goers: BART is testing out a program that runs all-night buses from San Francisco to the East Bay.

It seems almost comical that it took this long for the City to decide to give a real all-night transportation option a go, considering that businesses (now more than ever) are relying on generating an income from locals. To be both the most expensive city for businesses and a major city without reliable late night transit is laughable.

The plan, which cost $800,000 and will run a year, will add bus service from the city to central Contra Costa County and up the amount of buses running in the directions of both Richmond and Fremont. During that time, city organizers will work on a longer-term solution.

Currently, San Francisco’s best options are a blind crapshoot between the Muni Owl lines (which pretty much run on no schedule but their own, sometimes bumbling by hours apart from each other) and AC Transit’s All Night buses (which are somehow worse). If you can’t stomach the taxi or shared car fare home, well, hopefully you brought your walking shoes, because you’re screwed. As The Bold Italic correctly puts it, “it barely seems better than anything at all.”

Maybe this came as a result of the late night transportation survey (we hope so), but in any case, we’re just glad someone listened.

Here’s to this as a sign of better things to come.

(Via SF Gate)

 

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