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AFTER BARTY: I Finally Understand Lyft’s new FRIENDS WITH TRANSIT Campaign – But Lyft has NO IDEA How Slow our SFMTA MUNI Can Be

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Here’s a new one – another Friends With Transit ad:

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Now this ad I get – it’s saying how Lyft can become your “last mile” transportation solution.

Fine, but this ad here, the one I saw first seems to equate our MUNI METRO service as something akin to a fast, reliable transit system. Perhaps it might seem that the 415 has something like that to young people in NYC or whatever or whomever or wherever, but IRL you wouldn’t suffer through an N Judah ride only to take a Lyft taxi a few hundred yards north to (your home / tent / self-dug hobbit hole in) Golden Gate Park.

Now, why would our slow, corrupt SFMTA appreciate these ads? Well, it’s money for partner ClearChannel and the SFMTA, plus it’s saying how Lyft is compatible with transit, as opposed to, you know, Lyft “disrupting” the SFMTA by siphoning money away from it.

So IDK, Frisco has a ton of bus stops all over town, so I think ppl would simply walk the last quarter mile or less it takes to get home. Perhaps this ad campaign makes sense in less urban areas?


Let’s See Here: A Chariot Private Shuttle Van Running Through Golden Gate Park on a National Holiday?

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Hey, are San Francisco taxicabs somewhat restricted* in Golden Gate Park? Yes, yes they are. But here comes a Chariot:

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Does Chariot take people to work in the Financh on Veterans Day? IDK. Does Chariot run charters on big holidays? Perhaps. Or maybe the driver is repositioning or traveling for maintenance. Or maybe there’s some other reason it makes sense for this driver to “cut-through” the park.

Anyway, I was surprised to see a Chariot in GGP on a national holiday…

*I think cabbies** aren’t supposed to cruise the park for pick-ups, I think that’s the rule.

**Cabbies cabbies cabbies – own it, cabbies. This term isn’t offensive at all, to most.

Notice of Meeting to Enshrine the “SFMTA COMMUTER SHUTTLE PROGRAM” – Nov. 17th, 2015 – List of All the Permanent Corporate Bus Stops

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Donna pilota – she is over, after 18 months.

So now comes time to make things permanent – here are the affected intersections:

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I expected to see a few places that I didn’t on this list, for whatever reason.

Here’s the link to the official SFMTA posting – you can use it until the SFMTA rejiggers its site, and after that the Wayback Machine should help you.

Here is The Future:


SFCTA Confirms Public Comment Cards for Geary BRT Stolen – But Some Returned “Anonymously” – Comment Deadline Extended

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Here’s the latest on this issue, from the SFCTA, below.

If our SFCTA wanted to handle this issue with the least possible effort, then I give it an A+, or a passing grade if we’re grading pass/fail. Another approach would have been to notice another meeting and yada yada.

This project has been on the radar for a long, long time, but I never really paid attention to it until the pedestrian bridges issue came up. If the SFCTA were a person and we took what it said seriously, I’d tell you that our SFCTA is in deep denial on this bridges issue.

(And how much would a BART spur under Geary end up costing, like a billion dollars a mile, like our already-failed Central Subway? Is something like this unreachable pie in the sky? IDK.)

Anyway, here it is:

“To the Participants at the Geary Bus Rapid Transit Project’s November 5, 2015, public comment meeting:
Thank you very much for the time you spent coming to the meeting to learn about the project and for submitting comments on the Draft Environmental Document. Your input is important and appreciated.
Unfortunately, we wish to provide notice that during the meeting, at approximately 7:10 p.m., sign-in sheets with your personal contact information and a few completed comment cards were stolen, at least some of which were later returned by mail anonymously. We sincerely apologize for this incident and have contacted the police about it.
We take your privacy seriously. When we share publicly the comments submitted to us by community members, our policy is to remove any personal contact information. We do not share any personal contact information with third parties, nor do we condone the use of stolen contact information by others. Please let us know if you receive any suspicious communications from anyone who would not normally have access to your phone number or email address. It may help with the investigation of this incident.
Third, in response to these extenuating circumstances, we are extending the public comment period until November 30, 2015, and we encourage you to contact us if you submitted a comment card at the public meeting before 7:10 p.m. and are concerned about whether we received it.
Feel free to contact us to verify your comment’s receipt, or simply submit another comment, via email at

Our SFCTA SFMTA Tries to Impress the Feds But Loses Box of Public Comment Cards? – Geary BRT – 75 Million Smackers

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Is this the box what got swiped from the basement of St. Mary’s the other day?

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I think it is!

(That’s what some railfan/urbanist/Googler told me, and this particular demographic has ne’er lied to me yet.)

And what’s that, the whole point of this meeting was primarily to be able to tell the FTA that we had a meeting so give us some money money money?

“As the San Francisco Examiner reported, Geary BRT is jockeying for a $75 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s Small Starts fund, which may be awarded after public input is taken on the draft environmental impact report.”

And this drive for money is what fuels the SFMTA’s rabid hatred of the pedestrian bridges in the Japantown area on Geary?

Oh, I see!

Gentle Reader, check out any EIR, draft or whatever, then control-F for “pedestrian bridge” and then brace for the haterade. Shouldn’t an EIR, draft or whatever, outline the pros and cons of destroying the ped bridges? And hey, does the SFCTA want to tear down all structures in town what aren’t 100% ADA compliant right now? Oh, no, just these bridges?

(I should say that the SFCTA is already on secret double probation for the disastrous Central Subway and the failing T-Third, among other crimes and misdemeanors.)

On It Goes.

Will the Geary BRT be a good thing? IDK. But certainly, the honest answer to this question won’t come from our SFCTA. (Perhaps we should pay them $75 million to recommend doing nothing and then we’d be better off, IDK. )

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So Lyft is Paying Our SFMTA to Put Up Bus Stop Ads That Make Lyft Look Like a Transit System? “STOPS THAT JUST WON’T STOP”

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Sure looks that way

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So what if a an Airbnber from Italy stopped rolling his luggage down Hayes and asked me, “Excuse please, what mean this?” Like, what would I say?

IDK. Lyft is a taxi service, I’d say. But I wouldn’t be able to explain the graphic or what STOPS THAT JUST WON’T STOP means.

Oh well.

Chariot Launches “The Great Haight” – Commuter Bus Service to the Financial from the Upper Haight

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

The latest:

“Scott Owades, Lone[-ly] Mountain

As a transportation fanatic, I’m excited to be able to bring new commuting options into the neighborhood. My company, Chariot, is launching The Great Haight tomorrow, running down Haight & Oak St.

The route runs from 6:30 – 9:30 AM and 4:30 – 7:30 PM, and the pickups are:

Haight & Stanyan
Haight & Clayton
Haight & Masonic
Lyon & Oak
Oak & Pierce
Oak & Webster

While Muni serves Market St. well, it’s a pain to commute on Muni to SoMa & Caltrain. If you’re going in that direction, you should give this a [try].”

OMG, the New SFMTA “MUNIMobile” Fare App is Here! – Beta Testing Now, Release in November! – Deets from Famous Akit!

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Famous Akit is helping to test MUNI’s brand-new app.

It looks like this:


All the deets! From our SFMTA! (You know, they really like EXCLAMATION POINTS over there, wow!)

“The SFMTA is excited to introduce MuniMobile: the mobile ticketing app for smartphones coming soon!

MuniMobile enables customers to purchase and use transit fares across the Muni system: bus, rail, cable car and Paratransit.

Buy Muni tickets and passes in advance or on-the-go! With MuniMobile, your phone is your fare. There’s no longer need to carry exact change or rely on fare vending machines to ride.

The app will include the following features:

Ability to purchase, store and use single or multiple Muni fares on one mobile device

Allow passengers to pay for single-ride fares, cable car rides, and one-day, three-day and seven-day passports

Industry-leading security to protect personal information and payments

Multi-language support

Responsive eCommerce website for online ticket purchases

Beta testing update: we’re received over 1,600 applicants for the Beta phase of MuniMobile – wow!

Thank you for the tremendous support!

For those who did not sign up in time or were not selected to participate in this phase, don’t worry. The public launch is right around the corner next month.”

Corporate Buses Have Few Places to Legally Park in San Francisco, So They Illegally Double-Park, Like This – The Problem with “Staging”

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Get up-to-speed on “staging” here – just keep reading down.

So, our SFMTA is giving out favorable reviews of its corporate shuttle bus trial these days? Is that so surprising? Not really.

But one question remains: Where are these big buses going to wait before the next run starts? Obviously, the slow lane of Masonic Avenue between Fell and Oak isn’t going to work, but what about the wide streets of West NoPA?*

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Actually, this isn’t all that bad a place to hang out – this is a pretty out of the way place, and yet it’s very close to the designated stops for this particular bus.

Anyway, I don’t work for the SFMTA kicking back and making hundred of thousands of dollars per year (we’re talking TCOE (Total Cost Of Employment) here), so this isn’t really my thing to worry about.

BUT, it’s an issue for The Future, just saying.


*Here’s how this works. Go to the Panhandle. Then go east, to Divisadero. Then go north, IDK, up to Hayes or someplace. Then go back, go west. Now, you’re in “West NoPA.” What new name will our area realtors** come up with next? IDK. “North of NoPA” is already with us, I’m afraid. Hey, how about “South of West NoPA,” you know, to describe the Panhandle? Sure. Go east then north then west then south and you are back where you started…

**Always with a lower-case “r.” It’s kind of semi-genericized term now, like champagne or something…

San Francisco’s Biggest Intersection Box Blocker is … the SFMTA Itself – Isn’t It Ironic? – Dont’cha Think?

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

As here, on Geary inbound:

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And now let’s hear from the SFMTA:

“Don’t Block the Box: enforcement crews will expand the partnership between the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the San Francisco Police Department for “Don’t Block the Box” enforcement violations. This practice has traditionally obstructed intersections on traffic arteries leading up to the freeways. The strategy calls for more parking control officers during the afternoon rush hours. Since the Mayor’s Congestion Management Plan last year, parking control officers have issued 3,514 gridlock citations. This represents a 25 percent increase compared to the preceding five months, and 102 percent since 2014. 

The rotating enforcement efforts will be targeted to the following locations: South of Market, 3rd Street, 4th Street, 19th Avenue, Divisadero, Columbus, Fell Street/Oak Street, Geary Boulevard, Geneva Avenue, Harrison Street, Mission Street, Pine Street/Bush Street, and Van Ness Avenue.

You can help!
“Blocking the Box” (driving into an intersection and getting stuck) and double-parking are two behaviors that can have a real impact on street safety. Both of these activities make it harder for other drivers to see pedestrians and for pedestrians to cross the street safely. If we can all commit today to not doing either of these things when we’re driving, our streets will be a lot safer and less congested.”

So, how many of these citations were issued to the SFMTA? Or, how many citations should have been issued to the SFMTA?

Just asking.