A Rare Sighting of MUNI’s Green TheConnectedBus – One Down, 799 To Go

This was the scene last week up at the Legion of Honor Museum in the Lincoln Park area of the Outer Richmond District.  It’s The Connected Bus.

This thing made a big splash last year. But then, nothing. Was NextBus integration an issue?

And weren’t we supposed to get 799 more WiFi-enabled buses? Think so.

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What gives?

“SFMTA/Muni announces the completion of its service schedule for the Connected Bus pilot project. Service ended May 15, 2009.

The Connected Bus improves the customer experience by providing wireless Internet access and interactive displaysof real-time information along the route, including the status of connecting routes at key transfer points.  In addition, it provides Muni operations with a running “health” check on the bus of the mileage, fuel use, internal bus systems, passenger loading, and maintenance schedules to improve efficiency and reliability of the fleet.  Instant “emergency” links from the touchscreen monitors to the bus operator and the police may one day provide added security features.”

So now it’s just a regular old disconnected bus?

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4 Responses to “A Rare Sighting of MUNI’s Green TheConnectedBus – One Down, 799 To Go”

  1. Jeff B says:

    For some reason it looks absolutely enormous in that livery.

  2. sfcitizen says:

    Maybe it’s the occluded windows?

  3. Akit says:

    Muni has been running the Connected Bus on the 18 line for a long while, even past that termination date. They don’t even stick the bus to the usual schedule anymore (I used to ride that one at the same time often).

    One thing I’ve noticed since my last ride a few months back is the wi-fi is not working and the touch screens are turned-off.

  4. I’ve seen this one on the 52, in addition to it running on the 18