Posts Tagged ‘bridge’

Our SFMTA “Disappears” the Pedestrian Bridge It Hates So So Much – The One Over Geary at Webster – Uh Oh

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

I didn’t build this bridge over Geary, I’m not responsible for it. But guess what, SFGov put this bridge in, a while back. And then SFGov decided that removing the bridge was “essential” to the Geary BRT project. (The R in there stands for “Rapid,” as if calling something rapid makes it rapid.)

Anyway, here it is IRL:

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Comes now the SFMTA, with a “visualization” of The Future. Do you see what happened to the bridge?

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It’s gone down the mem’ry hole:

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What I had thought was that the SFMTA had gotten pushback on the bridge at Webster and had decided on letting it stay. So IDK what is the status of the bridge is now.

And all the buses will stop at Buchanan? But they decided to keep the stops at Laguna as well? Does that make any sense at all? Is this really a BRT project anymore? Was it ever?

Good-bye Golden Gate BRIDGE THEATRE, Hello “Baseball Academy”

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Nothing lasts forever.

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HIT HARD.”

Stop It Hertz: “Herrera Sues Hertz for Bilking Customers with Hidden Golden Gate Bridge ‘Toll Service’ Fees”

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

(Headline from college boy Jonathan Rauch.)

And here’s the press release:

“Herrera sues Hertz for bilking customers with hidden Golden Gate Bridge ‘toll service’ fees

Thousands of unwitting Hertz customers routinely charged $32.25 for a single bridge crossing. Case brought to counter long-standing problem and compensate victims.

SAN FRANCISCO (March 2, 2017) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today sued the Hertz Corporation and its business partner for misleading customers and engaging in unlawful, unfair and fraudulent business practices by charging steep fees for a “toll service” to unwitting rental car customers who cross the Golden Gate Bridge.

Hertz is fraudulently and deceptively inducing its customers who drive across San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge to purchase an “optional” toll service called PlatePass, according to the lawsuit Herrera filed Wednesday, March 1, in San Francisco Superior Court.

On other California toll bridges, PlatePass is an optional service that permits Hertz customers to bypass cash toll lanes and use the faster electronic FasTrak lanes without having to establish a FasTrak account.

But on the Golden Gate Bridge, ever since it went cashless four years ago, Hertz customers neither choose the service, nor receive sufficient notice to avoid it. They neither receive its supposed benefits, nor consent to its charges. Instead, by simply driving over the Golden Gate Bridge a single time, as millions of tourists do each year, Hertz customers are charged not only the undiscounted toll rate of $7.50, but up to $24.75 in extra fees. For many customers, that means a $32.25 bill to cross the bridge one time — more than four times the toll rate.

Worse, Hertz does not charge and disclose these fees on the receipt it provides to customers upon the close of the rental, but instead provides its customers’ confidential personal credit card information to a third party who slips in the charge at a later date.

“These practices are not only unfair; they’re unlawful,” Herrera said. “Rather than Hertz putting you in the driver’s seat, they’re taking their customers to the cleaners. I am not going sit back and allow one of the largest rental car companies on the planet to take advantage of a world-renowned San Francisco icon to rip off thousands of California visitors and residents. This lawsuit is designed to put a stop to this illegal scheme and force the companies involved to pay their victims back.”

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The Golden Gate Bridge People Think You Drive Your Bike Too Fast on Their Sidewalks – Here’s How I Can Tell

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

One word, babe: Radar

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This sign is a sign of things to come.

You’ll see…

Well Played, Alejandro – Ben Johnson Trail, Muir Woods National Monument, Marin County, USA

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

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This “Substandard” Pedestrian Bridge on Geary has a Bright Future in 2017, Despite All Its Haters at the SFCTA / SFMTA

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

One doc the SFCTA had dissed this bridge 23 times, ’cause the SFCTA thinks it will interfere with the Geary BRT project. And this marketing doc here gets into it a bit.

Well it turns out that this bridge will stick around. Look, about a dozen and a half souls were using it last I saw it:

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Anyway, this bridge will slow down the BRT yet they’re still talking about how the “average” #38 round-trip rider will save a half an hour a day. This seems impossible to me. If they said a few #38 riders might save a half hour on some days, well, that’d be more honest, but you can’t expect too much from the SFCTA / SFMTA…

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Bridge Over the River Geary: Despised by Our SFCTA, Yet Beloved By Its Numerous Users

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

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.

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On It Goes…

*Mostly having to do with the ADA, but lots of things are grandfathered in, as the SFCTA well knows.

Golden Gate Transit Says, “This Bus Uses Clean-Air Technology,” But ALL Diesel Buses Use Clean-Air Technology, Right?

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

IDK, Man:

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Or IOW, we have buses what use diesel.

The Gray Lady ‘splains tings a dozen years ago:

Some city buses say ”this bus uses clean air technology” on the back.

I don’t know how boastful our GGTD should be, frankly.

Paging Mr. Herman: A Fully Operational James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

The newish James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27 – it was either this or another Pier 39-type operation. Anyway, this is the first I’ve ever really seen this glassy building up there in the Tourist District.  I doubt I’ll ever go there myself:

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And here’s Ruby Princess berthed at Pier 27 in front of Frisco’s third big bridge, the Richmond-San Rafael. That’s Red Rock Island in the middle there. It’s for sale. It’s always for sale:

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And on the left is the JC, which is shut down now, but will open again, they say.

It’s always opening soon…

Iwo Jima Memorial, In Situ, Contra Costa County

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

From far away, on the I-80:

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Your best view from the I-80

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And here’s a little closer, during springtime:

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And closer still:

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All the deets.