What’s Caltrain for then?
Anyway, I’m sure the week after the Super Bowl is a good time to advertise PRONTO!
So the reaction from SFGov is “Meh. So what’s in it for me?”
I know this isn’t a sexy issue for our local appointed/elected pols, but why are they against this idea?
I see this bus all over, sometimes multiple times a day.
Gives me an earworm it does.
But IDK. I’m pretty sure that Reno, NV doesn’t have dozens of public employees whose sole job is to say how great the local transit system is, the way our local SFMTA SFCTA is set up.
Anyway, there’s this:
And this, which looks like a BRT system:
I guess what I’m saying is that it appears that Reno’s transit system is run for Reno, as opposed to the employees of its transit system…
Hey, how many times do you think our SFCTA could possibly insult this pedestrian bridge over Geary at Webster in just one report? Well, 23 times,* by my count. Earlier, it seemed that the destruction of this bridge was vital for the success of the Geary BRT scheme, yet the SFCTA caved and now the bridge has a new lease on life, Geary BRT or no.
On It Goes…
*Mostly having to do with the ADA, but lots of things are grandfathered in, as the SFCTA well knows.
The wait for a $7 one-way trip on a real cable car can be super long, so a lot of people are never able to scratch a ride off their bucket list. This is a decent substitute, I s’pose:
Famous Ross Perot came to town once and had a high old time riding around in one of these things with his posse, and he’s a billionaire, used to doing all kinds of new things. Anyway, he found the experience memorable…
How about zero?
It’s just a cultural thing. Since the SFMTA is primarily driven by what’s best for SFMTA employees, it would take a lot of outside of the box thinking for an SFMTA ticket giver to give a ticket to a fellow SFMTA employee.
Even though SFMTA employees do sometimes park where they shouldn’t, right?
Am I saying it’s easy to drive around an 18 meter bus on the streets of San Francisco? No, not at all. What I’m saying is that the SFMTA isn’t as perfect as it thinks it is. Another way of saying this is “MUNI sucks,” which is always a proper starting point when considering SFMTA issues.
And if our SFMTA is pushing for automated enforcement of speeding laws, why doesn’t it start with itself and its employees first? It could do this right now without any changes in state law. (Oh, and maybe a little back and forth with a union or two.) Just saying…
Let’s see here, oh, still an abysmal 2 star rating from Yelp. The Ford GoBike / BABS people could easily fix this situation by changing the wording of their marketing, BUT they don’t feel like it, Man, obvs.
Anyway, they’re still double parking their Mercedes Benzes on Market, and sometimes that causes problems for MUNI buses, as here near Second Street.
Illegal turns off of Market too – are the GoBike people allowed to do that? IDK. IDTS.
And oh yes, bikes aren’t transit, sry. You could pass a law that says that bicycles have something to do with transit, just as you could write a law what says cats are dogs for the purposes of a Leash Law, but that wouldn’t actually make cats dogs, right?
And here’s the defense of GoBike, seemingly written by an employee. I’m not saying an employee wrote this, but this is how an employee/owner might look at things, FBOW:
I am finding out that many people have given poor reviews because they thought they could pull a fast one and take off with one of the shared bicycles for a whole day for a measly $9. I’ve sometimes told tourists on the Golden Gate bridge that they should think of returning their bikes before they ruin themselves (they tell me I’m wrong, that they rented the bike for 24 hours…). There are dozens of perfectly decent stores around North Beach that will rent them a bike for $40. Bay Area Bikeshare is being penalized because folks choose not to read the price list (which is printed in large characters) and they are not familiar with how every bike sharing system in the world works.
But I don’t think you can try to “pull a fast one” without being aware that you’re doing it, I’m srsly.
Oh BABS, will you ever win?