Posts Tagged ‘bus’

STARSKY HEARTS HUTCH: Another Bizarre Ad Campaign from Our SFMTA – But Let’s Read the Fine Print

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Ah yes, yet another ad campaign from/for America’s Slowest Big-City Transit Agency, the MUNI. So this fare inspector is vouching for his partner – it’s kind of a Starsky and Hutch thing I figure.

Anyway, we’re getting down to basics here, identifying SFMTA employees as actual people, as opposed to them being monsters or whathaveyou.

And somehow its your job, Gentle Reader, to KEEPTHEMSAFE as they drive their cars home after an eight hour shift of handing out transit tickets to scofflaws such as CW Nevius.

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And here’s the kicker – the disclaimer on the lower right states that this ad campaign what promotes the SFMTA and what’s from the SFMTA does not necessarily reflect the views of the SFMTA. Click to expand Gentle Reader. You’ll see.

Unpopular Bus Service Advertises Even More Unpopular Bus Service – “Pronto?”

Friday, February 10th, 2017

What’s Caltrain for then?

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Anyway, I’m sure the week after the Super Bowl is a good time to advertise PRONTO!

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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Party of Four, #5 Fulton – It’s Tough Carrying Stuff Around on MUNI

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

I was wondering why nobody was sitting here, and then I saw.

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Back in the day collecting aluminum cans was mostly about stomping on them, you know, to save space. Sadly, we’ve lost that habit…

We Have Bollards All Over the Place to Protect Not-So-Precious Things, But Installing Them in at Chinatown Bus Stops is Controversial?

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

So the reaction from SFGov is “Meh. So what’s in it for me?”

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I know this isn’t a sexy issue for our local appointed/elected pols, but why are they against this idea?

Surprise: Frisco’s ZERO EMISSION Buses are Zero LOCAL Emission Buses

Friday, January 27th, 2017

Just saying:

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But I guess the SFMTA hungers for a slightly higher approval rating, hence this effort.

If you want to get into the Hetch Hetchy system, ask yourself if it is zero emission.

(It’s not.)

Disrupt MUNI: LUXE-Style “ON-Demand” Valet Parker and UBER Driver Team Up to Block a #5 Fulton on Market – HONK, HONK

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Just a little slice of life here on Market outbound near Monty.

The driver on the bus goes honk honk honk/ honk honk honk / honk honk honk at this scooter-folding LUXE driver, who is fixing to stow away the black Chevy Volt for a customer:

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The problem is that it’s hard to park or even stop legally in Frisco. So that fuels demand for “on-demand” parking I s’pose, but that also makes it very difficult for the employees to work legally.

Anyway, the MUNI operator was pissed as Luxe Dude took his time to fold his Razor scooter and, eventually, drive away…

[Oh look at me riding the MUNI. Of course I almost certainly have more hours, years, decades, miles getting about Frisco on foot, by bike, and by car than you, Gentle Reader, and the officers/employees of, IDK let’s name them, SFWALK, SFBIKE, SFVISIONZERO and the boards / management at the SFMTA / SFCTA, so that means we’ve excluded some of the members of the 10K membership SFBC – some of those ppl have more bike miles than I – and we also gotta exclude some longtime MUNI operators for driving miles in Frisco. OTOH, many many ppl about town have more time sitting on MUNI BART than I. In fact, this was my first time to successfully use a Clipper Card, after two prior failed attempts. (The first time was due to the five(!?) days it takes to load a card and the second time, well, I guess the Clipper system was down that day for that bus – I’ve never seen that before. And I had a few TransLink cards, back from when they were handing them out like candy, but any I had got an acetone bath, you know, to see what was inside.) And actually, that’s my bike on the front of the bus, with a flat tire. I always try to make sure I don’t delay the bus more than a few seconds whenever I load up a bike, because Transit* First, right? Anyway, it just strikes me as funny that your bidness model entails making money off of blocking traffic on Market. Which is not to say I’ve never dropped ppl off in the Financh or SoMA or wherever, it’s just that I do it better than average. That means that I take pains to not block MUNI buses.]

*The real definition of this word, not the made up BS / BoS version what’s burned into our charter, right?

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…