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Our SFMTA MUNI Says, “What the Hell, Let’s Bring Back the 28L” – As Seen Yesterday on 19th Ave

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Our SFMTA, operator of America’s Slowest Big-City Transit System™️, wants you to think better of it, so it changed the highly descriptive L for LIMITED nomenclature to the Orwellian R for RAPID. So now you’ll see the word all over, printed multiple times on bus stops, the better for you to associate MUNI with RAPID.

So that was then, but this is now, as seen just yesterday:

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Vox pop recentem:

What is a 28L? Why not reported on predictions app?”

Pork Store: You Know, You Didn’t See This Kind of Patriotic Display on MUNI Buses _Before_ the Trump Administration

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Regular MUNI:

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America, fuck yeah MUNI:

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Is this to thank the feds for all the pork over the years? Or a way to get tax and fee payers to like the MUNI just like 1% more? Or a way to play with a new feature of buses?

IDK. But I aint never seen this, in all my years…

World’s Smallest #21 Hayes – Oh, and a Very Pleasant Driver

Friday, September 29th, 2017

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AUDIT: Hapless SFMTA Agrees to Try to Have Its Employees Steal Fewer Cable Car Cash Fares

Monday, July 31st, 2017

The results are IN from our Controller’s SFMTA Cable Car Cash Collections Audit 07.31.2017.

Turns out that what we pretty much knew is what we pretty much knew. Here’s the upshot:

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So a few SFMTA stoolies will hear the phrase, “Pepper, you’re going undercover,” and then they’ll act like tourists to see if they’ll be given a receipt for a cash fare.

Not too long ago we had a San Francisco Mayor going undercover, hiding his trademark hair product under a baseball cap and then getting steamed when he wasn’t given a receipt.

And more recently, we’ve had stuff like:

Cable cars may go cashless after second conductor arrested for allegedly stealing fares by  on April 26, 2017

The SFMTA could do more, but it doesn’t really feel like it AFAICS.

This whole situation is pretty much what you’d expect.

But read this short report – you paid for it, after all.

Transit Love Seat, ‘Neath the Robin Williams Tunnel

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Not a bench, not a chair – something in betwixt:

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Outrageousness: New Extreme Sport Allows Euros to Skateboard Down Our Cable Car Tracks – Video – “Probably Illegal”

Monday, May 15th, 2017

[UPDATE: All the deets here, including the expected stern reaction from our generally-mismanaged SFMTA MUNI DPT.]

Here the video, de la Mecanique Populaire:

These Skaters Hacked Cobblestone Streets With Boards That Hook Into Tram Tracks – Their ingenious innovation created a new extreme sport.

And a few screengrabs. Any cable car bell ringing you might hear is an admonishment – “Hey Euro, stop that,” one imagines:

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What’s funny is that Dude has a big old handbrake for our extra steep Cable Car hills, but not anywhere else he has journeyed:

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Play us out, PM:

“Their innovation has spread around the world, to cities with tram tracks from San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro, creating a new extreme sport. Skating like this looks pretty dangerous, and we’d guess that hijacking tram tracks like this is also probably illegal. But it also looks like a whole lot of fun.”

Oh, here it is on YouTube: Cobblestone Riders

Seems a bit corporate

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjqrzakGTqwLpk_WtxQQXww

In What Way Shape or Form Does a MUNI Transit Fare Inspector Get Me “Across Town Safely?” – This Ad Makes No Sense

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

I guess this ad makes sense to somebody…

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But MUNI, if you need any pointers on how getting rid of some longstanding “work rules” just might help you operate safer cheaper and better, well just give me a call you sad-sack POS transit agency. :) Advice cheerfully given.

Our SFMTA “Disappears” the Pedestrian Bridge It Hates So So Much – The One Over Geary at Webster – Uh Oh

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

I didn’t build this bridge over Geary, I’m not responsible for it. But guess what, SFGov put this bridge in, a while back. And then SFGov decided that removing the bridge was “essential” to the Geary BRT project. (The R in there stands for “Rapid,” as if calling something rapid makes it rapid.)

Anyway, here it is IRL:

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Comes now the SFMTA, with a “visualization” of The Future. Do you see what happened to the bridge?

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It’s gone down the mem’ry hole:

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What I had thought was that the SFMTA had gotten pushback on the bridge at Webster and had decided on letting it stay. So IDK what is the status of the bridge is now.

And all the buses will stop at Buchanan? But they decided to keep the stops at Laguna as well? Does that make any sense at all? Is this really a BRT project anymore? Was it ever?

How Hard is It to Get People to Post “CUT THE GEARY BRT” Posters on Geary? Not Very

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

I haven’t done an inventory, but I saw three of these in three blocks of the inner Inner Richmond the other day:

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Geary “BRT,” of course, is the plan to replace buses on Geary with … buses on Geary.

(The “R” in BRT stands for the same thing the R in the #38R stands for – RAPID, baby! It’s the phrase of the decade. The SFMTA should change its name to the SFRTA, the San Francisco Rapid Transit Agency. And the SFCTA should be called the SFRCRTRA (San Francisco Rapid County Rapid Transit Rapid Authoritah. And that means that a Geary BART spur (which would be more rapider than buses replacing buses) should/would be called Rapid EXTREME or something.)

As with most federal / state-funded pork barrel projects, there are costs and benefits, and there will be winners and losers.

MUNI’s New-School Buses with All Those Seats Pointed the Wrong Way Sure Do Waste a Lot of Space, Non?

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

JMO:

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Otherwise your noggin might get a floggin’ of course. But this wasted space is part of the trade-off when reduce your Level of Service by having more people stand.

And actually, at this point, every change that our SFMTA implements is a trade-off, with some winners and losers.

Sry.