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Unfortunate SFMTA MUNI Bus Ad Rivets – But This Could be the Height of Fashion in a Few Years…

Friday, March 4th, 2016

Rivets and lights always pose an issue for Clear Channel / SFMTA, operator of America’s Worst Big City Transit Agency:

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IRL, these rivets would be painful, but that kind of thing doesn’t seem to stop fashion pioneering…

Yet Another MUNI Operator Who Looks TOTALLY PISSED OFF About Facebook Bus Drivers Violating Our SFMTA’s Shuttle Pilot Rule

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Well, I’ll pay this headline off right now – Dude in the MUNI bus was giving this Teamster a WTF TO THAT side-glance stare:

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MUNI Bro looks pissed, huh? Well, guess what, he was pissed. Why? Because a Facebook Bus driver, part of our vaunted SFMTA’s vaunted Corporate Shuttle Bus Pilot Program, was, once again, “staging” in a MUNI stop. To review, FB can pickup and drop off here, but it can’t do anything else here.

Now the FB driver might have felt that any #21 Hayeses coming along could have stopped behind the white FB bus, but the MUNI driver felt a duty to make sure all the students he was offloading could do so safely – there were a lot and, of course, the MUNI operator knows this since he knows who gets off where when there are so many students aboard at this time of day:

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Anyway, it don’t matter because the MUNI bus would have ended up blocking the next green on Masonic and also, the Pilot’s rules specifically bar Pilot buses from hanging out at MUNI stops. The SFMTA will let you drive around all day to kill time and it will let you stage anywhere else in Frisco, but NOT NOT NOT in a MUNI stop. Sry.

Here’s the dorsal view, you know, just hanging out no big deal:

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And here’s the rear view – I’m surprised to see the mandated SFMTA sticker (it’s sort of there, I suppose) actually, based upon my observations just walking about:

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Just another day in paradise…

That’s a WRAP: This #38 Geary Articulated Bus Couldn’t Possibly Have Any More Advertising on It – Super Bowl-Related?

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

I suppose this was yet another Dreaded Sunny Day Way Out West in The Richmond District, so that’s why so many windows are open? (I’ll bet the ClearChannel people would like to have a windows-shut-all-the-time policy, just guessing.)

Anywho, this is one remarkable wrap:

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I’m thinking our corrupt MUNI SFMTA just gave away ad space to the NFL for #SB50 lately, so if we’re generating any kind of money from this non-Puppy Monkey Baby ad for Mountain Dew, that’s fine with me.

It’s just striking seeing this thing, that’s all…

From the Mind of CWNevius: An Ad for Senator Scott Wiener, More or Less – Today’s Topic is Tech Shuttle “Vilifiers”

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

HERE YOU GO:

Vilifiers of tech shuttles are taking us for a ride

The Municipal Transportation Agency is just concluding an 18-month pilot program for the tech buses meant to calm fears…

REALLY, THAT’S WHAT THE PILOT WAS FOR, TO “CALM FEARS?” I THINK NOT, I THINK IT WAS FOR OTHER REASONS. IT WASN’T JUST A THERAPY SESSION FOR US IRRATIONAL “HATERS,” RIGHT?

provide a way for the shuttle companies to pay for using Muni bus stops.

UH, NO. THE PILOT FEES WERE A WAY TO PAY THE SFMTA TO RUN THE PILOT.

Most people thought…

IS THIS THE STANDARD? LIKE, DO “MOST PEOPLE” APPROVE OF MAYOR ED LEE’S JOB PERFORMANCE? NOPE! NOT CURRENTLY, ANYWAY. SO, DOES THAT “PROVE” HE’S NOT DOING A GOOD JOB? HEY, DID “MOST PEOPLE” APPROVE OF MOST OF SFGOV SERVICING THE NFL FOR FREE AND FOCUSING ON THE SUPER BOWL 50 PARTY FOR THE BULK OF THE PAST TWO MONTHS? NOPE! SO WHAT DOES THAT PROVE, CHUCK?

But the progressive wing of the supervisors, particularly Jane Kim

SO LET’S SEE HERE, JANE KIM SUCKS AND SCOTT WIENER IS OUR SUN, OUR MOON, AND ALL OUR STARS? IS THIS GOING TO BE THE THEME OF CHUCK’S COLUMNS FROM HERE TO ETERNITY / NOVEMBER 2016? I THINK SO.

“They’re playing politics,” says MTA Board director Gwyneth Borden. “We’re separate agencies, so they don’t get to tell us what to do.”

OH BOY, WELL, FIRST OF ALL, OUR BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ISN’T AN “AGENCY,” RIGHT? SO OUR LOCAL PARTY APARATCHIKS SHOULD PROBABLY KNOW BETTER THAN TRYING TO EQUATE THE BOS WITH THE SFMTA. OF COURSE, THE SFMTA _IS_ AN AGENCY, BUT IT’S A BIG POS AGENCY THAT SHOULD BE DISBANDED. ITS PRIMARY JOB IS RUNNING MUNI BUT IT CAN’T REALLY DO THAT WELL, SO IT FOCUSES ON TRYING TO EXPAND ITS POWER, BUDGET, PAYROLL, ETCETERA. I’LL TELL YOU, PROP E FROM 1999 HAD SOME YARDSTICKS FOR THE SFMTA – CHECK OUT “SEC. 8A.103. SERVICE STANDARDS AND ACCOUNTABILITY.” IT’S ALL “at least 85 percent of vehicles must run on-time.” HEY, ARE WE THERE YET? NO? SO WHAT DID THE 85% MEAN? OH, NOTHING? OH, IS 85% SOMETHING THE SFMTA TRIED TO COOK THE BOOKS TO TRY TO ATTAIN, BUT EVEN THEN IT COULDN’T? YEP. SO WHY DO WE HAVE THE SFMTA STILL AROUND THEN? OR MAYBE THE 85% FIGURE IS MEANINGLESS, JUST SOMETHING TO GET “MOST PEOPLE” TO VOTE YES ON PROP E BACK IN ’99? BOY, IT SURE SEEMS THAT WAY, FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF 2016. WHAT IF THAT ON-TIME FIGURE COMMITTMENT HAD BEEN 100% – WOULD ANYTHING BE DIFFERENT NOW? OR WHAT IF PROP E PROMISED VOTERS A 110% ON-TIME PERCENTAGE? WOULD THAT HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE? IDTS. IN ANY EVENT, THE BOS ISN’T JUST ANOTHER RUN OF THE MILL “AGENCY” FILLED WITH RUN OF THE MILL APPOINTED BOARD MEMBERS, FTR.

OH NEW ISSUE: ISN’T THE SFMTA’S PILOT CONTRARY TO STATE LAW? I THINK IT IS. I THINK THERE WAS AN EFFORT TO CHANGE CA STATE LAW TO TAKE CARE OF THIS ISSUE, BUT I NEVER HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT IT SINCE. OH WELL.

“As Supervisor Scott Wiener says…”

CWNEVIUS SHOULD LEAD OFF EVERY SENTENCE IN EVERY ONE OF HIS POLITICAL BITS LIKE THIS, ‘CAUSE THAT’S PRETTY MUCH WHAT HE’S DOING.

The shuttle companies already have parking lots and white zones picked out for stops and will just use those.

I DON’T KNOW WHAT CHUCK IS TALKING ABOUT HERE. THERE ARE SOME PARKING LOTS THAT AREN’T CURRENTLY BEING USED, BUT ARE ALREADY “PICKED OUT” JUST IN CASE? IF I CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT CHUCK’S TALKING ABOUT, HOW WILL HIS EVERYMAN, ARCHIE BUNKER-TYPE READERS UNDERSTAND WHAT HE’S TALKING ABOUT? HEY, WHAT IF CHUCK HAD AN EDITOR, OR AT LEAST SOMEBODY TO RUN THINGS BY AFORE PUBLICATION? MAN, THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING.

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IDK, MAYBE. MOST OF THESE ROUTES FUNCTION LIKE LIMITEDS, RIGHT? LIKE THE NX JUDAH, WHICH HAS STOPS AT BOTH ENDS WITH A LONG-HAUL STRETCH IN THE MIDDLE. SO, WHAT IF THE NX HAD JUST ONE STOP OUT IN THE AVENUES? IT WOULD BE STILL BE USEFUL TO MANY, BUT PERHAPS NOT AS USEFUL AS BEFORE. I’LL TELL YOU, IF YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT “PLAYING POLITICS,” THAT’S WHAT’S GOING ON WHEN SCOTT WIENER SAYS THAT EXPLORING HUBS WOULD “DESTROY” OUR CORPORATE BUS LINE SYSTEM.

The pilot program created some changes, like taking big buses off narrow streets, and it seemed to be working.

REALLY? I DON’T KNOW THIS. FOR EXAMPLE, WHAT CHANGES? I’LL TELL YOU, OUR SFMTA, WHICH HAS GOTTEN MILLIONS AND MILLIONS WORTH OF “BEHESTED” MONEY FROM, WELL, I’LL JUST LET YOU GUESS FROM WHOM, GENTLE READER, IS AWFULLY CAGEY ABOUT THE ENTIRE PILOT. HOW ABOUT SOMETHING LIKE, “WELL, WE HAD THIS INTERSTATE BUS TRYING TO MAKE A TURN AT THIS INTERSECTION AND IT WASN’T WORKING OUT, SO NOW WE’RE USING … SMALLER BUSES? OR, A DIFFERENT ROUTE? “IDK.

…hard-core progressives are mad as hell…

SO WHO ELECTED THIS HARD CORE, CHUCK? YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS OF FRISCO, AKA YOUR NEW-FOUND HOME? HEY, PERHAPS YOUR POLITICAL HERO SCOTT WIENER IS CONSISTENTLY RIGHT OF CENTER, SF POLITICS-WISE? ISN’T THAT TRUE? PERHAPS, BOTH CHUCK AND SCOTT ARE HARD-CORE CONSERVATIVES, SF POLITICS-WISE? DOES THIS TYPE OF DISCOURSE HELP MATTERS, ONE WONDERS?

They’re angry that the techies not only have good, high-paying jobs…

REALLY, CHUCK? SO ANY CRITIQUE OF OUR POS SFMTA IS BASED UPON THIS ALLEGED ANGER? IDTS. (AND HEY, CHUCK, DO _YOU_ HAVE A “GOOD HIGH-PAYING” JOB? OH, NO, BUT YOU’RE WORKING ON IT?)

Now they want them to leave

SO JANE KIM WANTS “TECHIES” TO LEAVE SF? REALLY?

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ONE WONDERS IF THE MSM OF PYONGYANG, NORTH KOREA HAS A CHUCK NEVIUS CHEERING ON THE GOV’MINT LIKE THIS?

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ELECTEDS KNOW BETTER THAN TO VENT LIKE THIS, TO USE TERMS LIKE THIS, SO THEY SHUNT THIS KIND OF HEAVY LIFTING TO THEIR PR PEOPLE. BUT, THE PR PEOPLE SIMILARLY KNOW BETTER THAN TO VENT LIKE THIS. SO THEY ASSIGN THE TASK TO … SFGOV HEAD CHEER LEADER [GIVE ME A] C! [GIVE ME A] W! [GIVE ME A] NEVIUS!

all in the name of “improving” the program.

SO, ANY ATTEMPT TO ALTER WHAT THE SFMTA WANTS TO DO MUST FAIL BECAUSE WHATEVER IT’S DOING AT WHATEVER TIME IS PERFECTLY FINE? OK FINE. HEY, SPEAKING OF FINE, DID CHUCK EVER PAY FOR HIS RECENT DOCUMENTED FARE EVASION FROM THE SFMTA? IDTS! (WELL, HE DIDN’T PAY IN MONEY, ANYWAY)

ALL RIGHT, LET’S HEAR MORE ABOUT HOW GREAT SCOTT WIENER IS, ALL THE WAY UNTIL NOVEMBER 2016 ESPECIALLY, AND THEN, AS NEEDED, BY SCOTT WIENER, OR OTHERS. CHUCK IS OUR MEDIA’S CHESTER, AFTER ALL…

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Let’s See Here, What’s Missing from the Back of This Facebook Bus Today? Uh, SFMTA Commuter ID Number?

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Yep:

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(Oh, I didn’t even see the license plate mounted down there at first. I saw the empty frame so I thought this ride was going commando, as so many others do. In mitigation, at least this bus has a license plate.)

In aggravation, the past dozen or so times I’ve checked to see the official COMMUTER SHUTTLE PILOT ID on the back of a FB Bus, it hasn’t been there. Is the trial over so we don’t need to have these ID numbers on FB buses anymore? IDK.

Moving on…

Hey Zuck? Why can’t you be more like Brand Y?

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IDK, Man, if I wanted this program to continue, I’d be meticulous about making sure these ID’s stayed on my buses.

Just saying…

Facebook Corporate Shuttle Bus Update: Multiple, Repeated Violations in NoPA / Western Addition – No ID Number, “Staging” in MUNI Stops

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Oh Facebook, Facebook – why is it that I know so much more about how you should operate your corporate shuttle bus system than your Teamsters / employees / contractors do? I mean, who’s in charge here?

For instance, drivers at Hayes and Masonic repeatedly “stage” in the outbound MUNI bus stop. We’ve been through this afore. This isn’t some kind of loophole – it’s specifically enumerated as something drivers aren’t supposed to do. Here’s a scene from this morning, just after the operator decided to (awkwardly) hit the road:

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So the Teamsters/starters ask me, “Well, where do you want us to stage?” And I’m like NO NO NO, THAT’S NOT MY PROBLEM. I’m like, no, I’m not paid to make that decision for you. IDK, do you want to pay some place for the privilege of parking for 5, 10 or 15 minutes at a shot? Hey, that’s an idea. Have at it. Oh, what’s that, you can’t afford that? Rly? IDK, man.

And lately, I’ve never seen these buses in compliance. The only time I really notice them is when they’re staging. MUNI buses generally stop, let ppl get on/off and move on in like 10-20 seconds. What can’t Facebook buses do that?

And the other thing is that I’m no longer seeing the green shuttle ID numbers on the back of these buses. They’re on the front, like 07-057, certainly, but not on the back, which is really the place where you’d want them, like, you just got run over by a bus and then you put your glasses back on and you say to yourself, oh OK, “07-057 – I’m going to call the 311 after I get out of the ER and I’m going to tell them 07-057, yeah, that’s the ticket.”

So what’s up with that? Am I seeing the same couple of noncompliant buses every day? That’s certainly possible. Or perhaps we’re in some kind of shuttle bus limbo due to in/action by the BOS the past couple of weeks and maybe the rules don’t apply anymore, if only temporarily?

Hey, here’s a checklist – walk around your damn bus every day and then check to see if your ID #s are where they are supposed to be.

I have a couple other pointers as well, FB. Call me, Facebook. Or gmail me or something. (I’m not on the actual FB anymore, sry.)

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Stupor Bowl: Our Clumsy SFMTA Mistakenly Offers Up a Platform for People to Complain About Super Bowl 50 Disruptions

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Well here it is:

5 Tips for Getting Around SF During Super Bowl 50

And here’s just part of the reaction:

“Dear Aaron. Really, just blithely change your working hours or take vacation? Many of us can’t do that. Maybe you could acknowledge (without being snarky or a d bag) that this is going to screw a lot of people…”

“Here’s a big hint, SFMTA: 90% of the people who actually live and work in SF do not give a s#$t about the NFL or this party. We are not going to be happy about it no matter how much you try to spin it.”

“I’ve been following this fiasco and planned for a 1 week hiatus but 3 weeks?! And you’re just notifying Commuters now?!”

It goes on and on.

And, mind you, this Comments section, which looks like something you’d see on Reddit, SFGate or SFist, is being hosted at SFMTA.com.

QUESTION: Why does our sad-sack, POS local transit system feel the need to cheerlead for NFL Enterprises LLC?

Unless I’m Mistaken, What This “GREEN DIESEL ONLY!” Sticker on This School Bus Means is Really “DIESEL ONLY”

Friday, January 15th, 2016

The basic point of having a DIESEL ONLY sticker next to the fuel filler is to tell people to not to try to put gasoline into a diesel bus. So tacking on the word “green” in front seems to be more of a marketing effort:

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What if one put some of the other seemingly infinite types of diesel into this rider – what would happen?

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Nothing, I’ll bet.

Reminds me of the phrase “clean coal.”

On It Goes…

Oh Look, It’s the #44 O’Shaughnessy – Much Cheaper Than the Former CultureBus, Which Used to Cost $10 One-Way

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

You know, what some at our Academy of Sciences really want is an underground BART / MUNI Metro spur headed straight to Powell Station, a subway, the way they have it for American Museum of Natural History in NYC. The substitute for that that somebody came up with back in the aughts was The CultureBus.

It didn’t work out.

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Anyway, the #44 O’Shaughnessy still works, as does taking the #5 Fulton and then walking to the Music Concourse from Fulton, which is what a lot of people did even during the brief time those orange-yellow Culturebuses ran…

Don’t Laugh: If You Had San Francisco’s Abysmal SFMTA MUNI for YOUR Transit System, This is How You’d Get Around Too

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Possibly:

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Bundle up – El Nino is upon us…