We're getting pretty antsy, waiting for service to start on Muni's fabled new Third Street line. It was originally supposed to be operational when, like, 2005? And the delays just keep mounting. The lastest obstacle: getting driver signed up and trained for the new line. Muni was dragging its feet on that, and for a while it looked like the training process would mean an additional couple months of delays -- but the SF County Transit Authority was having none of that. At the SFCTA's urging, Muni has assigned Carter Rohan, Deputy General Manager for Construction, to make sure that the training doesn't push the start of revenue service too far past the already ridiculously late schedule. The new projected start date for Third Street service: somewhere between January and March of 2007. We tremble with anticipation.

As we have been for the past five or six years.