Archive for the ‘transit’ Category

An Enlarged Sidewalk / Bus Depot for 11th and Harrison?

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Here’s the new sitch, looking north from Division:

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I suppose a lot of parking spaces will be sacrificed at the altar of the 9 San Bruno “Rapid” [LIMITED] Project, a joint from the SFMTA’s MUNI Great Leap Forward, Comrades.

And looking south from Folsom:

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Better Late Than Never: Bauer’s Limo / Bus Goes Legit

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

See? The new (to Bauer’s anyway) blue stickers for 2016:

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But instead of Driven By Mercedes Benz and Powered By Bauer’s “Intelligent” Transportation shouldn’t it be the opposite instead, you know, owing to the MB engine powering and the Bauer-branded driver, you know, driving?

(What a POS company this has been over the years, sry.)

What else? Oh the BlueTec badge stands for what, the “solar bus” they were trying to promote themselves with a few years back? Or maybe an electric bus or something? No, it’s just plain old diesel, oh well.

And look, the don’t call 311 on us, call us directly sticker is bigger than before now.

MTAP? What’s MTAP?

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

I thought they could have been Metropolitan Transit Agency Police, but no – it’s Muni Transit Assistance Program.

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News to me.

YOU LOOK GOOD: MUNI Police Thought Bubble

Friday, October 21st, 2016

This is how our SFMTA does things:

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For better or worse…

SFMTA Update: “MUNI Glossier” – Beauty Advice from Our Substandard Transit Agency

Friday, October 21st, 2016

So much to unpack here:

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So I guess MUNI (ALL CAPS all the time – it’s your brand, MUNI. Own it.) has wanted to make more money by using a “wrap” around the whole bus for advertising. But then you, the Gentle Rider (and me too, sometimes), can’t even tell it’s a MUNI bus. So now we have the MUNI logo ON the wrap? So we get, MUNI Glossier. (Man, who wouldn’t want a glossier MUNI, all shiny ‘n stuff!)

So:

-Hybrid Electric actually means Hybrid Diesel, sry.

-“SKIN FIRST. MAKEUP SECOND?” Oh, so that’s what I’ve been doing wrong all these years! Thanks, MUNI!

-QUERY: “Excuse please, large American man. I am new to your country. What mean, ‘Boy Brow grooming?'” ANSWER: “Sorry, I can’t help you there.”

And of course, this bus was delayed due to all the passengers what didn’t pay for their rides, ala CW Nevius. I’ve never seen the MUNI Police not catch ppl – every time they look for cheats, they find them, it seems.

Poor MUNI!

The West End of the Fort Mason Tunnel, as Seen from the East End

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Does this make sense?

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How about this?

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Homeowners in the Marina, our Great White North, don’t want to be “closer” to the Fish Wharf, so this tunnel will remain closed…

Imagine a Google Bus on Market Without Protesters in Front of It: Google Maps Goes BEYOND THE ROAD in Frisco Today

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

All the deets.

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Maybe you can still register for the 3:00 PM event at this late hour, IDK. It’ll be at “The Village” or “The Wilson” or across the street at The Warfield next to The Crazy Horse.

What? 
Beyond the Road is a global Google Maps APIs event series where we share our vision for the next wave of maps and location intelligence and demonstrate how that impacts businesses both large and small.

Google experts, our technology partners and customers will share insights and trends in maps and location data and answer questions on how that affects global businesses today, as well as in the future.

There will also be time for one on one conversations with our experts and opportunities to connect with other local business leaders.

Why?
Google has spent over a decade building the most advanced, dynamic maps possible. Come and join us to learn how Google Maps is evolving to give enterprises new ways to leverage location intelligence.

Who?
If you are a senior level professional and want to find out how Google location services can benefit your business, please register here.

API means what now? Anyway, nice bus, G!

Win $400 with the SFMTA’s “ON-BOARD TRANSIT SURVEY?” And Oh, Let’s Talk “Sample Bias”

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Here’s what it looks like:

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You only get entered into the lottery if you give your name, address, and phone number, I think.

You can win like $400, I think. Or maybe just something worth $400, IDK.

IMO, MUNI is a Lesser Transit Agency what has lots of room for improvement. But you won’t find my opinions on SFMTA’s website here, for example. I don’t like the whole SFMTA operation, so why would give it my digits? So what the SFMTA should say is something like, “Of the people who like MUNI, here’s what they think about MUNI.”

(The big problem with the SFMTA is that it’s run for the employees of the SFMTA.)

(And hey, what’s this “customer” stuff? If a PCO issues a ticket and puts it on your car, are you its “customer?” Well, you’d make a payment at Customer Service, so go figure. Or what if you live in LA and your car has never been in Frisco and you get a ticket in the mail – would you then be a “customer” in this kind of mix-up?)

Anyway, you can’t win if you don’t play…

If You Don’t Approve of an SFMTA MUNI Bus Ad About Palestine or Israel, Just Tear It Off, Like This

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

If you want to see this ad from before, click here.

Anyway, here’s how one of the ads looks now – riiiiiip:

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Word from an Official SFMTA MUNI Bus: “Thank You, Israel, for Fighting Our Shared Enemies for Us”

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

[UPDATE: Obviously, our state and federal constitutions don’t require MUNI to carry political ads. MUNI does so in order to make money. MUNI wants to make money, right? If MUNI really really didn’t like these ads on the sides of their buses, they’re fully empowered to eliminate them. But they don’t. Why? Can you guess? Because of the money. How else can one explain that? And if you don’t understand something what’s hotlinked, you’re supposed to click on the link instead of complaining about how you don’t understand pop culture. ENDOFLINE.]

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This one’s new. I’m seeing it all over town. It makes me think of transparent dangling carrots, I’m srsly. It gives me an earworm is what I’m saying.

Oh what’s that, SFMTA – you don’t really want to weigh in on the Mideast, but the money’s just too good to say no?

Imagine a future SFMTA with 10,000 employees, which will happen soon enough. Maybe at that point it will start issuing foreign policy papers.

But until then, this ad program will just have to do…