SF Controller's Office does benchmarking reports: transit comparison
The most recent report on the SF MUNI transit system compares the system to ten other US cities:
Dallas; Denver; Houston; Minneapolis; Pittsburgh; Portland, Oregon; Sacramento; San Diego; San Jose, California; and Seattle.
-- While the SFMTA has higher operating costs than all of its peers for light rail and
trolleybus service, it operates approximately 3 to 14 times the number of vehicles than its peers and the data indicate that the SFMTA's operating costs are commensurate with the level of service provided.
-- The SFMTA’s light rail vehicles, buses, and trolleybuses travel at a slower average speed through the transportation network than transit vehicles in the peer systems. However, the data show a correlation between average vehicle speed and the number of passengers served per mile, and the SFMTA's operations again appear consistent with the level of service provided.
-- Transit fares in San Francisco are consistently lower than fares in most of the peer cities.
-- Compared to the peer vehicle fleets, the SFMTA’s light rail vehicles and buses are generally less energy efficient on an in-use basis; are generally older, and typically
travel a fewer number of miles between vehicle failures.
In other San Francisco transportation news, the MUNI system has dropped the proposal to triple the fare on the historic streetcar line, the F line ("Plan would triple cost of riding S.F.'s historic streetcars" and "Proposal to triple fare on F-line eliminated," San Francisco Chronicle).
Muni riders generally satisfied, survey finds," San Francisco Chronicle).