Posts Tagged ‘bay area’

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:


  • 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.)


Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

As seen on Clementina, near our SFMOMA:

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Apparently, it’s a better-than-average fight shop, down there in Whittier, CA.

The Slowest MEMBER of the Corrupt-Appearing “CHP 11-99 FOUNDATION” License Plate Holder Club

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

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Oh there’s an appearance of corruption issue? OK, so we’ll just stop issuing license plate frames then:

Can drivers buy CHP leniency? License plate frames for donors to the 11-99 Foundation are seen by some as speeding-ticket insurance. The group will stop issuing them.

But the above was from a decade ago.

Wouldn’t it be ironic, dont’cha think, if this foundation started selling license plate holders later on, you know after the whole controversy blew over?

Yes it would be, but that’s exactly what happened.

Oh well.

SALESFORCE TOWER: New-School Building Comes with Old-School Window Washing

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Some things never change:

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No robots up here…

Koret Children’s Quarter Playground Update: Still Shut Down to Repair Arson Damage – Grand Reopening Skedded for March 31st, 2018

Monday, March 19th, 2018

From this last year


to this right now:

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Here’s the current state – mostly fixed:

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The tall rope climbing structure to the right is gone – maybe it’ll reappear over the next dozen days:

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In the meantime, a lengthy chain link fence encircles almost everything, leading to tears from children and a string of swear words from an Area Dad, who helpfully pointed out that at least “the fucking carousel” was an option as consolation.

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Mark your calendars:


Goofy Mervyn’s Heights Location Claims Another: RIP Geary and Masonic (Sort Of) Panera Bread Chain Store – 2015 to 2018

Monday, March 19th, 2018

I just noticed that this place shut down.

I thought it was a bakery at first.

IDK anybody who actually ate something from here.

If you plopped me down at the Lucky Penny (also RIP) parking lot that’s actually at Geary and Masonic and gave me two minutes to run across traffic and around Target and through a loooooong tunnel to get to the door of E106, well I think I could make it.

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Anyway, RIP Panera.

AN SFMTA MYSTERY: This Car was Illegally Parked on a Sidewalk Right Next to Four PCOs, Yet It Didn’t Get Cited – How Come That?

Friday, March 16th, 2018

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Here are the other three:

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Simply, PCO’s won’t cite sidewalk parking during (usually) weekly street cleaning time, barring somebody calling in a complaint about sidewalk blockage.

This is a POLICY. It might not be written down, but it’s a policy nevertheless…

Stingray, Presidio

Friday, March 16th, 2018

But is it Art?

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Get your own – just $399.99, which is full retail despite what some dick might tell you.

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.