Archive for the ‘transit’ Category

Let’s See Here, What’s Missing from the Back of This Facebook Bus Today? Uh, SFMTA Commuter ID Number?

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Yep:

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(Oh, I didn’t even see the license plate mounted down there at first. I saw the empty frame so I thought this ride was going commando, as so many others do. In mitigation, at least this bus has a license plate.)

In aggravation, the past dozen or so times I’ve checked to see the official COMMUTER SHUTTLE PILOT ID on the back of a FB Bus, it hasn’t been there. Is the trial over so we don’t need to have these ID numbers on FB buses anymore? IDK.

Moving on…

Hey Zuck? Why can’t you be more like Brand Y?

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IDK, Man, if I wanted this program to continue, I’d be meticulous about making sure these ID’s stayed on my buses.

Just saying…

Facebook Corporate Shuttle Bus Update: Multiple, Repeated Violations in NoPA / Western Addition – No ID Number, “Staging” in MUNI Stops

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Oh Facebook, Facebook – why is it that I know so much more about how you should operate your corporate shuttle bus system than your Teamsters / employees / contractors do? I mean, who’s in charge here?

For instance, drivers at Hayes and Masonic repeatedly “stage” in the outbound MUNI bus stop. We’ve been through this afore. This isn’t some kind of loophole – it’s specifically enumerated as something drivers aren’t supposed to do. Here’s a scene from this morning, just after the operator decided to (awkwardly) hit the road:

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So the Teamsters/starters ask me, “Well, where do you want us to stage?” And I’m like NO NO NO, THAT’S NOT MY PROBLEM. I’m like, no, I’m not paid to make that decision for you. IDK, do you want to pay some place for the privilege of parking for 5, 10 or 15 minutes at a shot? Hey, that’s an idea. Have at it. Oh, what’s that, you can’t afford that? Rly? IDK, man.

And lately, I’ve never seen these buses in compliance. The only time I really notice them is when they’re staging. MUNI buses generally stop, let ppl get on/off and move on in like 10-20 seconds. What can’t Facebook buses do that?

And the other thing is that I’m no longer seeing the green shuttle ID numbers on the back of these buses. They’re on the front, like 07-057, certainly, but not on the back, which is really the place where you’d want them, like, you just got run over by a bus and then you put your glasses back on and you say to yourself, oh OK, “07-057 – I’m going to call the 311 after I get out of the ER and I’m going to tell them 07-057, yeah, that’s the ticket.”

So what’s up with that? Am I seeing the same couple of noncompliant buses every day? That’s certainly possible. Or perhaps we’re in some kind of shuttle bus limbo due to in/action by the BOS the past couple of weeks and maybe the rules don’t apply anymore, if only temporarily?

Hey, here’s a checklist – walk around your damn bus every day and then check to see if your ID #s are where they are supposed to be.

I have a couple other pointers as well, FB. Call me, Facebook. Or gmail me or something. (I’m not on the actual FB anymore, sry.)

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Stupor Bowl: Our Clumsy SFMTA Mistakenly Offers Up a Platform for People to Complain About Super Bowl 50 Disruptions

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Well here it is:

5 Tips for Getting Around SF During Super Bowl 50

And here’s just part of the reaction:

“Dear Aaron. Really, just blithely change your working hours or take vacation? Many of us can’t do that. Maybe you could acknowledge (without being snarky or a d bag) that this is going to screw a lot of people…”

“Here’s a big hint, SFMTA: 90% of the people who actually live and work in SF do not give a s#$t about the NFL or this party. We are not going to be happy about it no matter how much you try to spin it.”

“I’ve been following this fiasco and planned for a 1 week hiatus but 3 weeks?! And you’re just notifying Commuters now?!”

It goes on and on.

And, mind you, this Comments section, which looks like something you’d see on Reddit, SFGate or SFist, is being hosted at SFMTA.com.

QUESTION: Why does our sad-sack, POS local transit system feel the need to cheerlead for NFL Enterprises LLC?

Unless I’m Mistaken, What This “GREEN DIESEL ONLY!” Sticker on This School Bus Means is Really “DIESEL ONLY”

Friday, January 15th, 2016

The basic point of having a DIESEL ONLY sticker next to the fuel filler is to tell people to not to try to put gasoline into a diesel bus. So tacking on the word “green” in front seems to be more of a marketing effort:

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What if one put some of the other seemingly infinite types of diesel into this rider – what would happen?

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Nothing, I’ll bet.

Reminds me of the phrase “clean coal.”

On It Goes…

Oh Look, It’s the #44 O’Shaughnessy – Much Cheaper Than the Former CultureBus, Which Used to Cost $10 One-Way

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

You know, what some at our Academy of Sciences really want is an underground BART / MUNI Metro spur headed straight to Powell Station, a subway, the way they have it for American Museum of Natural History in NYC. The substitute for that that somebody came up with back in the aughts was The CultureBus.

It didn’t work out.

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Anyway, the #44 O’Shaughnessy still works, as does taking the #5 Fulton and then walking to the Music Concourse from Fulton, which is what a lot of people did even during the brief time those orange-yellow Culturebuses ran…

Don’t Laugh: If You Had San Francisco’s Abysmal SFMTA MUNI for YOUR Transit System, This is How You’d Get Around Too

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Possibly:

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Bundle up – El Nino is upon us…

It’s Chariot’s World Now – We’re Just Living In It

Monday, January 11th, 2016

They’re everywhere these days:

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Here’s Why People at This Train Station in Japan Don’t Fall / Get Pushed Onto the Tracks – Could MUNI / BART Afford This?

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Here’s how things look in Japan in 2016 at a nothingburger, random train station:

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What do you call these, pocket doors?

Hey BART! Are you up to speed on this?

Imagine installing these automatic safety doors at just one station, like at Powell. It would be an implementation nightmare, just saying.

(OTOH, those cool-looking exposed bulb chandeliers, well putting those into a BART would be a snap…)

Anyway, hop to it BART/MUNI – get on this, like stat.

OMG, Here It Is: The Full List of Street Closures for Super Bowl 50 – You’re Supposed to Comment Upon This But It’s Too Late Now, Of Course

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Here’s the news:

“Not only does this list seem lengthy, but it’s really going before ISCOTT less than a month before the closures are needed? Doesn’t seem like that makes it truly open to change.

Here

from: here

Indeed, it does.

Oh well.

Of course, some will benefit and some will lose with the Super Bowl L. Does this nuanced attitude make me a Debbie Downer in eyes of our local SB promoters? It sure does.

Oh well.

Indeed.

“ISCOTT AGENDA
INTERDEPARTMENTAL STAFF COMMITTEE ON TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION FOR
TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES

Meeting of January 14, 2016 – Thursday, 9:00 AM 1377th Regular Meeting
Meeting Location: One South Van Ness Avenue, 6th Floor, Room #6052/3
Note the change of location for this hearing
MINUTES OF THE DECEMBER 17, 2015 MEETING (ACTION ITEM)
The Committee to adopt the Minutes.

PUBLIC COMMENT
Members of the public may address ISCOTT members on matters that are within
ISCOTT purview and are not on today’s agenda.

TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
These proposed actions are an Approval Action as defined by S.F. Administrative
Code Chapter 31.

TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
A. Jessie Street between 6th and Mint Streets; Mint Street between Jessie and
Mission Streets; Intersection: Jessie Street at Mint Street
Friday, February 5, 2016, 8 AM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 3 AM
Big Game Event Red Carpet at Mezzanine
B. Quesada Avenue between Lane and Keith Streets
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 9 AM to
Friday, February 5, 2016, 5 PM
Rebuilding Day Kickoff Event
C. Eastbound Terry Francois Boulevard between 3rd and China Basin Streets
Friday, February 5, 2016, 7 PM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 2 AM
Pier 48 Private Event
D. 22nd Street between Illinois Street and Easterly Terminus
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 5 PM to
Friday, February 5, 2016, 2 AM
AND
Friday, February 5, 2016, 6 PM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 3 AM
AND
TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
One South Van Ness Avenue San Francisco CA 94102 Tel: 415.701.4500 Fax: 415.701.4737 www.sfmta.com
Agenda 1377
Page 2 of 5
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 6 PM to
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 4 AM
AND
18th Street (MUNI and Local Access Only) between Indiana and Illinois
Streets; 20th and 22nd Streets (MUNI and Local Access Only) between 3rd

and Illinois Streets
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 6:30 PM to
Friday, February 5, 2016, 1 AM
AND
Friday, February 5, 2016, 8:30 PM to
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 2:30 AM
AND
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 8:30 PM to
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 2:30 AM
Pier 70 Concerts and Events
E. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (Southbound Parking, Bicycle and Westernmost
Traffic Lane Only) between Grove and McAllister Streets
Thursday, February 4, 2016, 4 PM to
Friday, February 5, 2016, 2 AM
NFL Owners Dinner Valet Parking
F. Folsom Street (Northernmost Parking and Traffic Lanes Only) between 4th
and 2
nd Streets
Friday, February 5, 2016, 2 PM to 11 PM
SP+ Gameday / NFL Transportation
G. Taylor Street (Easternmost Traffic Lane) between Geary and O’Farrell Streets
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 6 AM to 11:59 PM
AND
Leidesdorff Street between California and Pine Streets
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 5 AM to 4 PM
SP+ Gameday / NFL Transportation
H. Ellis Street (Westbound Parking Lane) between Powell and Cyril Magnin
Streets; Ellis Street (Northernmost Traffic and Parking Lane Only) between
Cyril Magnin and Taylor Streets
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 8 AM to 11:59 PM
SP+ Gameday / NFL Transportation
I. 4
th Street (Westernmost Traffic and Parking Lanes Only) between Minna and
Howard Streets; Minna Street (Southernmost Lane Only) between 4th Street
and 550 feet westerly
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 9 AM to
Monday, February 8, 2016, 4 PM
AND
5
th Street (Easternmost Lane Only) between Minna and Howard Streets
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 6 AM to
Monday, February 8, 2016, 3 PM
SP+ Gameday / NFL Transportation
TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
One South Van Ness Avenue San Francisco CA 94102 Tel: 415.701.4500 Fax: 415.701.4737 www.sfmta.com
Agenda 1377
Page 3 of 5
J. Hayes Street (Two Northernmost Traffic Lanes Only) between Polk and
Larkin Streets; Grove Street between Polk and Larkin Streets
Friday, January 29, 2016, 12:01 AM to
Monday, February 8, 2016, 4 PM
AND
Fulton Street between Larkin and Hyde Streets
Friday, January 29, 2016, 12:01 AM to
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 11:59 PM
AND
Larkin Street (East and West Parking and Westernmost Northbound Traffic
Lanes Only) between Grove and Hayes Streets
Friday, February 1, 2016, 12:01 AM to
Monday, February 8, 2016, 11:59 PM
AND
Larkin Street (Southbound Traffic Lane and Two Westernmost Northbound
Traffic Lanes Only) between McAllister and Grove Streets; Carlton B.
Goodlett Place/Polk Street between McAllister and Hayes Streets; Grove
Street between Polk Street and Van Ness Avenue; Fulton between Larkin and
Hyde Streets; Tom Waddell Place between Van Ness Avenue and Polk
Street; Intersections: Grove Street and Waddell Place at Polk Street
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 1 PM to 10 PM
NFL Honors Event
K. Market Street between Davis and Steuart Streets; Southbound Embarcadero
between Washington Street and Don Chee Way; Steuart Street between
Market and Don Chee Way; Spear and Main Streets between Mission and
Market Streets; Intersections: Main, Drumm, Spear and Steuart Streets at
Market Street
NOTE: Local Access Allowed on Steuart, Spear and Main Streets
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 PM
AND
Drumm Street (westernmost southbound lane only) between Washington and
Clay Streets;
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Southbound Embarcadero (easternmost lane only) between Don Chee Way
and Mission Street
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Washington Street (southernmost eastbound lane only) between Drumm
Street and The Embarcadero
Sunday, January 24, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
TEMPORARY STREET CLOSURES (ACTION ITEMS)
One South Van Ness Avenue San Francisco CA 94102 Tel: 415.701.4500 Fax: 415.701.4737 www.sfmta.com
Agenda 1377
Page 4 of 5
Drumm Street (easternmost northbound right turn lane only) between
Washington and Clay Streets;
Monday, January 25, 2016, 7 AM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Steuart Street (West Parking Lane Only) between Market and Mission Streets
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 5 PM to
Friday, February 12, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Southbound Embarcadero (Parking Lane Only) between Don Chee Way and
400 Feet Northerly
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 5 PM to
Friday, January 23, 2016, 7 AM
AND
Main and Spear Streets (Parking Lanes Only) between Market and Mission
Street; Steuart Street (Parking Lanes Only) between Howard Street and
Southerly Terminus
Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 5 PM to
Friday, February 12, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Davis Street (Westside Parking Lane Only) between Washington and Clay
Streets; Clay Street (Parking Lanes Only) between Davis and Drumm Streets
Friday, January 22, 2016, 5 PM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Drumm Street (West Parking Lane) between Washington and Clay Streets
Sunday, January 22, 2016, 5 PM to
Thursday, February 12, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Washington Street (Southside Parking Lane Only) between Drumm Street
and The Embarcadero
Saturday, January 23, 2016, 5 PM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 AM
AND
Washington Street (Northside Parking Lane Only) between Drumm and Davis
Streets; Drumm Street (Eastside Parking Lane Only) between Clay and
Washington Streets
Sunday, January 24, 2016, 5 PM to
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8 PM
AND
Drumm Street (Parking Lanes Only) between Washington and Jackson
Streets; Jackson Street (Parking Lanes Only) between Davis and
DrummStreets; Drumm Street (Eastside Parking Lane Only) between
Sacramento and Clay Streets; California Street (Southside Parking Lane
Only) between Davis and Front Streets; Mission Street (Southside Parking
Lane Only) between Steuart Street and The Embarcadero
Friday, January 29, 2016, 5 PM to
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 8 PM
Super Bowl City

MUNI’s Answer to the CHESTNUT BULLET from CHARIOT: New Flyer Industries XT60 60-Foot Articulated Trolleybuses – Your New 30X-Marina Express

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

OMG, just look at this monster:

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It’s like the Mammoth Car from Speed Racer, non?

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Anyway, that one above, #7201, was just the prototype. But this one here, #7215 is the real deal, spotted last week undergoing sea trials on Mission in SoMA. Soon it will be your new 30-X Marina “(Orient) Express,” the better to do battle with Chariot’s Chestnut Bullet:

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Get all the deets from Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

Muni set to use longer buses on popular 30X-Marina Express

(And let me say, speaking a Bro myself, I apologize to Joe on behalf of Bros everywhere for all the time he had to spend yesterday on the SFBARF crew. Imagine if renters banded together to get property owners to speak out for rent control or something – that would be pretty bizarre as well.)

But hey, look at this monster – it doesn’t even come close to fitting into the frame:

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Articulated, as most monsters are:

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Bye bye Monster Bus – see you in my nightmares:

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Actually, I approve of these gentle giants, these whale sharks of the transit world. Now it’s a shame that literally nothing can be done about rejiggering lanes to get 30’s through Stockton Street, but there was/is a corrupt bargain having to do with the less-than-useless Central Subway what prevents that. Oh well.