Posts Tagged ‘bus’

The Smokiest Diesel School Bus in All Christendom: Michael’s Transportation Service of Vallejo, CA

Friday, January 20th, 2017

As seen in Frisco, and in the rain FWIW:

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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.

For a Lot of Visitors, This is as Close as They Will Get to Riding in an Actual Cable Car – “Rails? Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Rails”

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

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:

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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 Many Tickets Does the SFMTA Issue to Its Own Drivers?

Friday, December 16th, 2016

How about zero?

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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…

West Portal Memories, Christmas Edition – Tying a Tree to the “Roof” of Your VW Beetle Convertible

Friday, December 9th, 2016

This was an annual tradition, back in the day.

Via Area Photographer James Corrigan:

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Transit Not First: Bay Area Bike Share (aka “FORD GOBIKE”) Freely Double Parks on Market, Blocks MUNI Buses

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

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.

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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?

“IF ONLY” Bus Ad: What?

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

OK, I’ll bite.

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Oh.

No sale.

But WTF to this:

“Shakira’s gown from the “Get It Started” video: $3,000″

So you’re not selling an aging pop singer’s dress, you’re selling the experience of buying the aging pop singer’s dress?

And this:

“I encourage my friends to join nonprofit boards, collect art and buy great houses.”

Yes, don’t we all.

The Secret Bus of Pets: How Can You Tell If a Bus is DOG FRIENDLY? – Just Look for This Sign Up Front –

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

As seen in the North of NoPA DivCo Divisadero Corridor Western Addition:

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MUNI sure aint dog-friendly.

Here’s Your New 400 Block of 11th Street, for Better or Worse, from Our SFMTA

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Here’s what this one small block of 11th Street looks like now, after the SFMTA started changing things.

I can’t say I understand what the SFMTA’s doing here.

But I do understand what this means:

Muni Bus that Killed Cyclist Cheng Jin Lai Missing Key Safety Equipment

Yeah, the same small block.

Anyway, the yellow lines are back closer to where you’d expect them to be, so that’s nice. (I guess this scene from last month was just for construction.)

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So now this block has 2.5 sidewalks.

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Why not four or five? IDK, maybe next year…

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.