Tourists Continue to be Baffled by MUNI’s Culturebus

Look at this sad scene from Golden Gate Park yesterday. See all these people? They’ve been patiently waiting out in front of the California Academy of Sciences since just after the closing time of 5:00 P.M. The problem is that 5:00 P.M. is when the last Culturebus departs for the day.

However, los turistas don’t know that. I told some of them about the 44 O’Shaughnessy but that didn’t tempt them. They sort of knew about the 5 Fulton, but the closest stop is about 1000 feet away. The $7 fare - news of that is what it took to drive the bulk of them away from this bus stop. 

The Euro-looking family held out hope as they could see a CB stopped at the other end of the Music Concourse but, for some odd reason, the schedule is set up to deliver people to the Cal Academy 40 minutes after closing time – it doesn’t accommodate anybody wanting to depart Golden Gate Park after 5:00 PM.  

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The poor devils, they’d be better off hailing a cab, if they could find one. Click to expand.

Now if I were a “courteous CultureBus operator” I’d feel obligated to take these people wherever they wanted to go in Union Square irregardless of the schedule. But that’s just me.

Could somebody put up “Fare: $7, last pickup at 5:00 PM” on this CultureBus bus stop sign?

Is that too much to ask?

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4 Responses to “Tourists Continue to be Baffled by MUNI’s Culturebus”

  1. Seven says:

    You mean people actually ride the Culture Bus? They’re usually empty. Anyway, this problem will be moot soon enough when the route gets axed.

  2. Matt says:

    I hate the new hybrid buses; the windows are not in synch with the seats. It’s very awkward on the inside.

  3. Harry says:

    It’s incredible that no heads have rolled at MUNI over this fiasco! The bus was evidently the Mayor’s “idea” which was instigated by the museums Incredible!

  4. Philo says:

    Riders are a nasty inconvenience for the Muni. It exists for the benefit of the union and supervisors.