Posts Tagged ‘bus’

How Many SFMTA Employees Seek Help for Substance Abuse Issues Each Year? – Hundreds? – “PEER Program”

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Through this program:

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OUCH: The City of Portland Rips on Frisco’s 8.5% Sales Tax Rate in an SFMTA Bus Stop Ad

Friday, June 16th, 2017

See?

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I’ll freely concede that The dream of the 90s is alive in Portland, but Our Friends Up North should realize that anything anybody in Frisco buys in OR is subject to use tax just as soon as its taken back to the 415. The rate is 8.5%, just saying.

Anyway, Portland is biting us, yet again.

MUNI on MUNI: “Let the bad times roll.”

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Reader notes:

– This is a NEW FLYER XCELSIOR XDE40 HYBRID, which of course means it’s a Hybrid Diesel, but the SFMTA would prefer you to imagine that this bus don’t run on diesel. (You know, bad* memories.)

– The registration number matches that of the bus that went offroading in the Panhandle a few years back in an unfortunate accident** involving a driver having some kind of medical event.

Anyway, as promised, “MUNI – Let the bad times roll”

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*Not that long ago, our SFMTA had its own Cosco Busan: SAN FRANCISCO (November 2, 2009) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking action against the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency following federal violations of the Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

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Gillibus Party Bus has Blow By – Big Time – A Puff of Smoke and It’s Gone

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

It could be worse. Like click here and then scroll down to see worse.

But I think we can do better in this day and age, Gillibus.

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Gillibus, Gillibus/
It IS your fault

World’s Smallest Fat Bike – This Hefty “Rad Power Bikes RadMini” Folds, so Can It Go on MUNI?

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

IDK.

Anyway, here it is:

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THEORY: If a Corporation Illegally Markets on the Sidewalks of Frisco, It Will be Coerced Into Buying SFMTA MUNI Bus Ads

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

So here’s the theory. Say your marketing people go hog-wild with the chalk ads on the Streets of San Francisco, like this:

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So then somebody calls 311 or somebody else posts a photo on the Twitter and then an investigator at the City Attorney’s Office takes a look at things and then the people at Parlophone / Warner Bros. get a jingle and then somehow things get smoothed over by the Brothers Warner or somebody else making at buy at the SFMTA MUNI for some hastily-created and more or less useless ads such as:

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Cf. the Blue Wolf at a Dream Force about 1.5 years ago:

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And then these hastily-created and more or less useless ads started to appear:

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Just a theory, man.

And here’s the thing about chalk. You can’t scrub it off your car tires to avoid a citation and you can’t scuff into Frisco’s sidewalks, I’m srsly. What’s that, UBER, Microsoft, Verizon, et al, it’s “only temporary?” Well, yeah, sure, that’s what I’m talking about, it’s agin the rules, temporary or not.

Learn about all the horrible things people do with chalk about town right here – just keep on scrolling, next page etc

It’s Official: Frisco Now has More Cars, Drivers Than Ever – DMV Sez We Now Have Over 500,000 Vehicles

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Here it is, your brand-new DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES ESTIMATED VEHICLES REGISTERED BY COUNTY FOR THE PERIOD OF JANUARY 1 THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2016

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The figure on the right shows our full one-half million vehicles.

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Cf. the data for 2015: est_fees_pd_by_county.

Of course this count includes motorcycles and trucks and trailers, but the vast bulk of that is made of plain old cars, the likes of which the people employed at our SFMTA and SFCTA falsely say are now “disappearing” from the streets of San Francisco.

You want another example? How about something like:

“SFMTA officials said this was due to factors including increased compliance from drivers, reduced vehicle ownership…

Simply, your “urbanist” friends are lying to you, or rather, lying to themselves. IRL, car ownership was going up in Frisco back then and it still is now. (Are repeated SFMTA misstatements like this Trump-style lying or Trump-style incompetence? You tell me. Moving on…)

To this: These DMV stats don’t count unregistered vehicles, and rides owned by many many ppl with out-of state-plates who live in town but don’t feel too groovy about paying any kind of annual ad valorem taxes to the CA DMV, and all the many UBER/Lyfts driven by all those new-to-Frisco drivers (how many, 40,000?) who live in Sac and Tracy and Santa Clara.

And let’s see, what other shibboleths can we… oh, Driver Licenses are up too, see?

DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES DRIVER LICENSES OUTSTANDING BY COUNTY AS OF DECEMBER 31 OF YEARS LISTED

That’s also brand-new from the DMV. The relevant numbers for Frisco for 2012-2016 are:

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(Darn it! My prediction for 2016 was  588,392 instead of the actual 558,228. Close enough.)

But Somebody told you that Young People Don’t Drive Anymore? Sry, Gentle Reader, that’s another misunderstanding. You see, it turned out that the recent recession-related dip in Vehicle Miles Traveled was actually RELATED to a RECESSION.

I’ll cheerfully concede that changes are afoot transportation-wise these days, but I just need to point out that our supposedly all-knowing and all-seeing SFMTASFCTA people have made a lot of mistakes and errors lately. That’s all.

What else. Oh, how about the reason why it still makes sense to own a car in Frisco. Take a look at this character:

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Yes, that’s sanctimonious urbonaut and State Senator Scott Wiener in his aging, gone-to-Hell Nissan. (And of course he won’t cop to this 2016 incident of getting caught and photographed by a journalist while texting in traffic, because, IDK, it would draw attention to his foolishness? But that’s not my point.) My point is that the reason why it makes sense for him to operate this cheap, old, reliable car in Frisco, even though he lives close to transportation and even though he could UBER Lyft everywhere, is because he can drive around for as many miles as he wants for less than $1000 a year, including insurance, registration, gasoline, gasoline taxes – the whole lot. I’m aware of this because I have an aging, gone-to-Hell Toyota that I drive around as much as makes sense. So I can’t see how our existing stock of indestructible Nissans and Toyotas, Cadillacs, Lincolns too, Mercurys and Subaru are going to be obsolete this year or next year or the year after that or the decade after that.

That’s my point.

Look at all these rides in the Sunset for example. This is Frisco in 2017:

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I don’t see how our SFMTA is going to take away these cars, have them whither away, Comrade, only to have some unknown tranpo system spring up to remobilitate these isolated souls living way out in the west side. MUNI is a high-cost low-speed system which is run for its employees and is hobbled by union “work rules.” How is that going to change anytime soon? And UBER Lyft, well the current service offered at current pricing is unsustainable, you know, financially. If you want to tell me how everything’s going to change I’ll concede – sure, eventually things will change. But how are you going to stop Sunset and Parkside residents from going to the nearby malls and Targets of San Mateo County by using the cars they own now and the cars they continue to buy? Our installed base of rolling stock is our installed base of rolling stock – these cars can and will live out their lives for decades more on the Streets of San Francisco. Sry.

PREDICTION: Car ownership and Driver License possession in the City and County of San Francisco will be once again UP to record-breaking numbers in 2017.

For better or worse.

Sry.

Message to UBER / Lyft Drivers: Welcome to Frisco – Now Here’s the Right Way/Wrong Way to Drop People Off

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Frisco doesn’t have all that many freeways, have you noticed that yet? Instead we have substitutes like Fell / Oak and Bush / Pine – one way streets two or three or four lanes wide.

LIke this:

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But you wouldn’t just stop to let somebody off on a freeway, right? Why not pull in to a driveway instead, if you know it’s going to take a while? You see, it all depends on the situation. But the reason why people are honking at you is because you’re differing from the norms what have been established here. Sometimes double parking for a minute or two or more or a lot more is considered acceptable and sometimes its not. It’s a time / place / manner thing. Simply following Google Maps to an address and then stopping right out front on the road is sometimes not good is what I’m saying…

And now this, an UBER Lift driver who pulled into an alley to drop off, same day same place as above.

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This is very rare. The problem is that the driver then had to back out of here with an awkward three or five point turn and then try to get back on congested Laguna, which was particularly clogged up at this time. It would have been totally fine to unload during the 35 seconds or so that you’d be staring at a red light. In this case, you’re being far too polite.

So that’s it, lesson finished.

And you know, I don’t know how it’s going to end for you all. Relying on a constant stream of new people coming in reminds me of an Herbalife situation, which I don’t know how that’s going to work out either…

Anyway, the Rules Are Different Here is what I’m saying

Fulton Street Update: Massive 60-Foot SFMTA #5 Bus Can’t Fit Into SFMTA’s Slow Lanes

Friday, April 14th, 2017

You’d think our SFMTA would be able to match a bus to a street, but it can’t:

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Everything has a Website These Days: “Walk To Work Day 2017”

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Look at all those thin people! At least there’s one fat dude in there – I appreciate that.

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(This guy here used to walk to work, through the pre-Twitter Twitterloin – back when they called it the Tenderloin. If you tried to mug him, like on Golden Gate Ave, and people would, he’d give you a pugilistic beat down, with a quickness. Quite proud of this he was.)

But I’m not saying don’t walk. You go right ahead. Walk on any day you want. Knock yourself out…