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Posts Tagged ‘driver’
Facebook Buses are, Once Again Improperly “Staging” in SFMTA Bus Stops – Zuckerberg vs. the 21 Hayes – Idle, Idle, Idle…Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
To review, corporate shuttles aren’t allowed to “stage” (hang out, idle around, wait for the next run to start) in MUNI bus stops. Here is staging in action, just yesterday:
Arguably, the whole SFMTA Commuter Bus Pilot Program does not comply with CA state law. Arguably.
Having said that, this Facebook vehicle isn’t in compliance – disallowed staging and no green SFMTA Pilot sign front and rear.
And what’s this, homemade-appearing Florida license plates – looks legit!
Of course it’s good for drivers to take a break to walk around sometimes, but there’s no official place for these buses to do so.
Astonishingly, FB drove these drivers into becoming fully-unionized Teamsters. I understand the distance that Zuck wants to keep from liability – from accidents and the sometimes-crazy actions of workers, but man, there’s been a signif. cost to its corporate image. Couldn’t FB have said it wants the lowest bidder but that the drivers must be paid like $50 an hour? IDK.
Oh, really this is a Loop Transit bus? Well no, it’s a Facebook bus, you know, IRL
On It Goes…
How to Make a Pay Package Worth Over $300K per Year: Become an “Incident Support Specialist” – Drive an SUV for the SFFD?Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
Here you go – a couple years worth of pay data for SFGov’s Incident Support Specialists:
(All of these ISS people are at the SFFD AFAIK.)
So, what does an ISS do?
Here’s my guess – drive SUVs about Frisco.
Now let’s do a search for ISS:
“A fire chief’s vehicle, also called a “chief unit” or a “fire chief’s car”, “Fly Car”, “Fly Vehicle”, a “fire car”, or sometimes even called a “Buggy” (a throw back to horse drawn days), is a car, truck, or SUV that is used by a fire chief at fire scenes.”
“Each fire chief’s vehicle can be driven/operated by an assistant to the Fire Chief, Deputy Chief, Division Chief or Battalion Chief known as a Chief’s Driver, Chief’s Aide, Chief’s Operator, or Incident Support Specialist.”
So, if you spend 60-something hours a week driving people about Frisco in a Ford Expedition or a Chevy Suburban, you can make about ten times as much laboring as an SFGov Incident Support Specialist than as a driver for the Lyft or the Uber.
Do I have that right?
You know what “Vision Zero” 2024 is about? It’s about “comfort.” Check it – lots of hits, huh?
The problem with comfortable pedestrians, is that they become overconfident pedestrians.
And that might be all right on a flat stretch of the “traffic sewer” known as Post Street…
…but as you get more comfortable with this game, you move on to hilly Masonic and this is where people get hit and this is where people die:
Who set up this arrangement, with a very popular Trader Joe’s with a very small parking lot on the left with a ready supply of free street parking on the right? SFGov, the same outfit that is promising to beat Sweden to a “Vision Zero” level of zero transportation deaths by more than a quarter-century, mostly by simply saying that’s what will happen, or that’s what might happen.
And speaking of which here’s the news of the past week – here’s an 8-figure settlement that arose from SFGov not competently performing its job re: traffic safety and here’s a 7-figure verdict that arose from the vaunted SFMTA’s vaunted taxi system.
If the SFMTA wants to eliminate transportation-related death and injury, it will need to eliminate transportation. To think that it has an an one-in-a-billion chance of attaining its ostensible goal by 2024 is to engage in fantasy.
Cold Busted: Facebook Buses are “Staging in a Travel Lane” in the 94117 Again – “Hayes Valley-MPK” Idling on Ashbury, AgainThursday, May 28th, 2015
Get up to speed on corporate bus “staging” right here – just keep going down.
So a couple months ago, the Facebook got busted by blithely staging its buses on Masonic. Then all of a sudden the buses went away – you could still see them moving but you wouldn’t see them sitting around at a makeshift bus terminal on Masonic complete with a supervisor standing about in the Panhandle, fine.
So where do all these buses sit around these days? Well, all over. The Facebook Bus Teamsters are trying to hide out around the neighborhood for 10-15 minutes at a time. And, through trial and error, they’ve found some better places.
Like here on Ashbury, as seen yesterday AM. This location is much less disruptive than the slow lane of Masonic, certainly. But I don’t think this routine is SFMTA-approved either.
Anyway, this idling bus bothered at least one person, who took a snap and sent it over to me.
I’ll tell you, I’ve seen more buses about lately, but I can’t ID them very well from a distance, oh well.
Now to some, this isn’t a Facebook bus, to them it’s a Loop Transit bus or a WEDRIVEU or whathaveyou. But I don’t look at things that way. IMO, this is a Facebook bus, because it’s a Facebook bus, right? Tell me if I’m wrong.
Anyway, where should these giant buses stage?
Hands-Free? Free to Do What, Spank Your Monkey? SFPD Says Porsche Driver’s Phone Sex Causes Collision with TreeTuesday, May 5th, 2015
I would Like this SFPD Facebook entry, but I don’t know how! (Isn’t that sad?)
Anyway, make up your own jokes here:
INJURY TRAFFIC COLLISION
MLK & Chain of Lakes (Golden Gate Park)
04-25-2015 4:12 AM
A Porsche was traveling eastbound on MLK at an unsafe speed when the driver ran off the road and collided with a tree. He told officers that he was having a phone conversation of a sexual nature (it’s unknown whether this conversation was hands free as required by the vehicle code). He suffered major injuries and major damage to his car. He was cited for speeding and for driving with a suspended license.
Our SFMTA “Blocks The Box” – Hey MUNI, Don’t Block The Box – Hey SFMTA, Let’s Teach You How to Not Block The BoxTuesday, April 28th, 2015
This was the scene about halfway through the green phase for traffic to head north from 3rd Street across Market. The MUNI artic got stuck due to peds crossing Market on the east side of the intersection:
Is this against CA law? Yes. Should the MUNI operator have gotten a ticket? Yes.
Is the SFMTA perfect the way it (apparently) thinks it is? No. And should MUNI operators have better training and a robust carrot and stick program to encourage better behavior? Yes.
Driving Etiquette: Rolls Royce Owner in the Western Addition Goes About with Pinkie Finger Upraised, As If Drinking TeaMonday, April 27th, 2015
I’m not sure what Brocephus here was doing – he might have been eating an Egg McMuffin or he might have actually been drinking tea. This is the only shot I have, so I suppose I’ll never know:
No matter, his left pinkie was upraised, scoring mad baller points.
Here’s How the SFMTA’s COMMUTER SHUTTLE PILOT is Going – Corinthian IPS “Staging” in a Bus Stop – Leather vs. PleatherMonday, April 27th, 2015
Here’s a snapshot of our SFMTA’s corporate bus 18-month pilot deal.
It’s a “Corinthian International Parking Services” truckvanbus blocking a 21 Hayes MUNI bus (and even though this might look like one vehicle with an articulated bend in the middle, you’re seeing two different vehicles parked nose-to-tail):
Sort of blocking, anyway.
(Now I’ll tell you, I’m in my 40’s, so I know all about Corinthian and its soft leather courtesy of Ricardo Montalban – this truckvanbus has gotta be totally pimped out on the inside with a name like Corinthian on the outside. Compare that with the MUNI bus with its pleather (at best!) driver’s seat and hard plastic surfaces for the passengers. And any wood you see inside a MUNI is unlikely to have been claimed in the first place, much less reclaimed. MUNI buses aren’t baller at all.)
Now, where was I? Oh, here we go, it turns out that the Corinthian IPS driver was “staging,” you know, just chilling out waiting for the time to move on. You can see the Windex he’s holding as he TCBs shortly after the MUNI bus moved on:
Point One: I, for one, would be afraid of getting a parking ticket via MUNI’s forward-facing video cams, so I would have gotten in the trackvanbus and then simply have driven around the block with a quickness, in deference to America’s Slowest Big City Transit System.
Point Two: Also, it just seems rude to sit there blocking the stop, so I would have gotten in the trackvanbus and then simply have driven around the block with a quickness.
Point Three: Staging in a designated MUNI stop is specifically against the rules. [See below.]
So, on it goes with the pilot program, which sure as Heck seems to me to be agin current California law.
I’m not calling 311 to report the SFMTA pilot number to be put on hold forever the way The Man wants me to, I’m just updating you, the Gentle Reader.
(And I’ll tell you, this is small potatoes compared with Facebook double-parking on Masonic day after day.)
And BTW, our SFMTA is in complete denial about whose employees /contractors are riding around in which bus – I guess they’re under a lot of corporate pressure…
Read on for all the rules of this game:
The first rule of Car Club is KEEP IT STOCK
And The second rule of Car Club is, similarly, KEEP IT STOCK as well…