I don’t know if I’m explaining things the right way here, so I’m offering you, the Gentle Reader, a copy of the postcard I just got in the mail.
All right, let’s review: MUNI has two bus stops between Central and Masonic on the same short block of Hayes Street. This is absurd.
Our SFMTA wants to correct this Accident of History by removing the inbound stop at Central. This would leave two inbound stops for nearby residents of the 94117 – at Lyon and at Masonic.
The idea forwarded by the owner of Central Coffee, that making the inefficient 21 Hayes line (which still has waaaaay too many stops) more efficient will instead make it less efficient (leading to its termination), is absurd.
Here’s the latest outrage, this corporate mailer recently sent to hundreds(?) (or thousands) of residents who live near Central Coffee:
[I should add, don’t try to click over to the “NOPA-Rider” website, as the site isn’t functioning and I’m getting a phishing warning when using both Chrome and IE. I don’t exactly understand how browsers work and why there are so many false alarms for legitimate sites, so, anyway, my advice is to not to click over there.]
I’ll tell you, if I were a rent-seeking coffee-shop owner and I wanted to selfishly dictate how the #21 should be operated, I wouldn’t go about things this way.
And I’ll ask you, Gentle Reader, why would somebody living in the SoPA (Southeast of Panhandle Area) be so so concerned about a bus line what’s serving the NoPA (Northeast of Panhandle Area)? One would think a Haight Street resident wouldn’t even consider The Great Speeding-Up Of The Bus Stop-Clogged 21 Hayes a bad thing, much less worthy of opposing with such a massive campaign.
So here’s the difference.
I think that the 21 Hayes should have the following number of bus stops inbound betwixt Central and Masonic:
Our SFMTA thinks that the 21 Hayes should have the following number of bus stops inbound betwixt Central and Masonic:
Zero as well, prolly.
Our SFMTA is proposing that the 21 Hayes should have the following number of bus stops inbound betwixt Central and Masonic:
One, for now.
And the owner of Central Coffee thinks that the 21 Hayes should have the following number of bus stops inbound betwixt Central and Masonic:
Two, at least.
I mean, right? Like if having bus stops just nine houses apart* is such a good thing for “efficiency,” why shouldn’t we add a third stop in the middle of the block so that the stops would be merely four houses apart – is that going to be the next proposal?
(You think I’m a MUNI fanboy? Hardly. FTR, MUNI sucks, hard.)
Anywho, tomorrow is the Big Day for this decision, supposedly.
One hopes the SFMTA will be able to handle this kind of pressure properly.
*I’m srsly. This is the current situation. This is what our poorly-run SFMTA is trying to fix.