Archive for the ‘transit’ Category

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.

Mobile Marketing: Live at THE HUNTERS POINT SHIPYARD – Is This Shuttle How People Get Home from the Financh?

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Seems like an expensive place to live, for what you get:

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SFMTA “Sting” Operation Snares Deadbeats, Even on Saturdays – Northbound #43 Masonic at Fulton

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Normally it’s totally cool to not pay your MUNI fare, but not today on the #43 Masonic:

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Oh, but wait, this isn’t at all a sting operation, ’cause that kind of thing involves some sort of subterfuge, right?

So when you move here from New Yawk and then start talking about:

“…a sting operation in the wiggle…”

or wherever, where the cops just park their cars or motorcycles and just stand there five feet past a stop sign, well I just gotta say no, that’s not what a sting operation is. Sry.

(What’s that, you didn’t see the cops? Well, you should be looking around more – pay attention, fool!)

Anyway, most people stopped on this day, but not all, oh well:

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STARSKY HEARTS HUTCH: Another Bizarre Ad Campaign from Our SFMTA – But Let’s Read the Fine Print

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Ah yes, yet another ad campaign from/for America’s Slowest Big-City Transit Agency, the MUNI. So this fare inspector is vouching for his partner – it’s kind of a Starsky and Hutch thing I figure.

Anyway, we’re getting down to basics here, identifying SFMTA employees as actual people, as opposed to them being monsters or whathaveyou.

And somehow its your job, Gentle Reader, to KEEPTHEMSAFE as they drive their cars home after an eight hour shift of handing out transit tickets to scofflaws such as CW Nevius.

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And here’s the kicker – the disclaimer on the lower right states that this ad campaign what promotes the SFMTA and what’s from the SFMTA does not necessarily reflect the views of the SFMTA. Click to expand Gentle Reader. You’ll see.

Unpopular Bus Service Advertises Even More Unpopular Bus Service – “Pronto?”

Friday, February 10th, 2017

What’s Caltrain for then?

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Anyway, I’m sure the week after the Super Bowl is a good time to advertise PRONTO!