Archive for the ‘transit’ Category

SFMTA Juxtaposition: “Electric Bus” Just One Foot Away from a Big Old Honking Diesel Exhaust Pipe

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

To be fair, the full phrase on the side of this MUNI bus in SFMTA NewSpeak is Hybrid Electric Bus.

But to be accurate, this is a Diesel Hybrid Bus, IRL.

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Hence the diesel exhaust pipe, one that wouldn’t look out of place on an 80 year old Panzer.

Missed it by that much, SFMTA…

Frisco’s Most Windswept Bus Stop – Less a Shelter Than a Sine Wave-Based, Cantilevered Roof

Monday, March 26th, 2018

IDK, what’s the roof supposed to be, p-waves from the Big One what’s going to come and kill some of us some day?

IDK but I think so.

Ooh, how, how … practical? 

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Most of the time, the wind comes from the west here, and this is an east-west street, oh well.

Les mise en scene:

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A challenging location, needless to say…

Did a Bus Driver Just Pass Your Stop Leaving You Behind? Here are the SFMTA’s TOP FIVE REASONS “Why MUNI Sometimes Doesn’t Stop”

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Here’s what the SFMTA DOESN’T want you to do – it doesn’t want you take your handy skateboard and start smashing up advertiser-friendly but actually somewhat delicate bus stops.

So here it is, from MUNITRUE, your official, David Lettermanesque, TOP FIVE REASONS A MUNI BUS JUST PASSED YOU BY:

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  • Full vehicles: The vehicle may have been full and unable to take on more passengers. When this happens, operators will call in to report the full vehicle and the need to skip stops. In these cases, the operator will generally only make requested stops for passengers to get off. In some cases, however, a vehicle may be crowded only in the front, and an operator may not be able to see room available behind the crowd.
  • Balancing service: Operators are often ordered to skip stops to even out service when vehicles become bunched up. Stop skipping is a common transit service management tool used to even out service when another vehicle on the same route is close behind. In these cases, operators are still expected to make all stops requested by passengers. When passing a stop, operators may gesture (if safe to do so) to waiting passengers with a wave or honk to indicate that they should expect another vehicle to arrive soon.
  • Stops not served by “Rapid” service vehicles: Muni vehicles with signs marked with an “R” are part of our network of “Rapid” routes, which save time by serving fewer stops than their regular counterparts. Be sure to double check that the route indicated on the sign of an approaching bus matches those marked at your stop (i.e., 5 Fulton vs. 5R Fulton Rapid).
  • Operators only stop once: Once an operator closes a vehicle’s doors and departs a stop, safety reasons generally prohibit them from stopping the vehicle and opening their doors a second time.
  • Sign malfunction: While operators are expected to ensure that their vehicle’s “headsign” displays the proper route and destination, in some cases the signs may fail without the operator’s knowledge. Any vehicle which is “not in service” should be indicated on its headsign.

So there you have it.

(I like this type of SFMTA propaganda because it’s actually true, you know, for a change – yes indeed, ppl get passed by for all these reasons, “sometimes.” It’s unassailable. So sincere congrats to everybody at MUNI MINITRUE, you know for today only.)

Beauty Tips from America’s Slowest Big-City Transit System

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

That would be SFMTA MUNI DPT – they’re all “UPDATE YOUR MAKEUP.” See?

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So then I talked with ppl and they’re telling my look is “so 2011,” but everybody was afraid to tell me. I guess I will need to “UPDATE.”

Thanks for the tough love, MUNI! I needed it.

IT’S NEW! Our SFMTA’s Proposed Operating Budget: FY 2019 & FY 2020 – Oh My, $3 Off-Peak Cable Car Fares? – And a $5 All Day Fare?

Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Hot off the presses:

Balancing the Transportation Needs of a Growing City – FY 2019 and FY 2020 Operating Budget – SFMTA Board Meeting – Ed Reiskin, Director of Transportation – February 20, 2018

Or maybe this webpage went live four days ago. Anyway, this stuff is new to me.

And oh, the above link is sure to have gone busted by, IDK, let’s say April 2018, so here’s your permalink:

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So what would a Low-Income Single Ride Fare be, like $1.25?

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An Adult All Day Pass for $5 almost sounds like a deal. But the SFMTA is counting on purchasers only taking two trips per day like 97% of the time? That seems optimistic:

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OPTION 1 here means that the sucker fare in two years for ppl coming to Frisco just off the turnip truck will be an astonishing $3.25?

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What’s this, SFTMA? No growth in the great suburban Richmond, Sunset and Parkside Districts until 2040 at the earliest? Well played, SFMTA – there’s no reason to court controversy, especially if ppl in government want to bust you up, right?

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Our cursed Central Subway, second only to the quite corrupt NYC on the how many billions of dollars per mile in the how much is this thing gonna cost contest, will start being a load in 2020. (Of course, it was supposed to “make money” for MUNI – that was a promise:

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Pick your outrage here – does it really cost MUNI over $500 to remove a Denver Boot from a car? Wow.

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I’m not sure why the SFMTA’s budget is allowed to grow at all, much less with a built-in commish for the SFMTA. But look at this – an “Off Peak Cable Car fare for our Cable Cars. Just $3. Wow:

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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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