This is how our SFMTA does things:
For better or worse…
So much to unpack here:
So I guess MUNI (ALL CAPS all the time – it’s your brand, MUNI. Own it.) has wanted to make more money by using a “wrap” around the whole bus for advertising. But then you, the Gentle Rider (and me too, sometimes), can’t even tell it’s a MUNI bus. So now we have the MUNI logo ON the wrap? So we get, MUNI Glossier. (Man, who wouldn’t want a glossier MUNI, all shiny ‘n stuff!)
-Hybrid Electric actually means Hybrid Diesel, sry.
-“SKIN FIRST. MAKEUP SECOND?” Oh, so that’s what I’ve been doing wrong all these years! Thanks, MUNI!
-QUERY: “Excuse please, large American man. I am new to your country. What mean, ‘Boy Brow grooming?'” ANSWER: “Sorry, I can’t help you there.”
And of course, this bus was delayed due to all the passengers what didn’t pay for their rides, ala CW Nevius. I’ve never seen the MUNI Police not catch ppl – every time they look for cheats, they find them, it seems.
(I didn’t take most of these particular shots.)
Anywho, what do we see here – do we see the three parked cars of the occupants of one unit of housing all carousing about license plate-free on the Streets of San Francisco?
I think so.
Are these people pulling a Steve Jobs? Are they driving registered vehicles hither and yon with one or two DMV plates in the trunk, you know, waiting to get pulled over by the popo and then it will be, what, “Oh, I’ve been meaning to put those things on my car. The dealership says I need a special bracket, or something” or something like that?
I’ll tell you, the reason why the owners of Italian exoticars drive about California without proper California registration and insurance is because of the crushing “use taxes” they would have to pay otherwise. So your expensive, impractical weekend car might cost you $10K or $20K just for CA registration for the first year and then many thousands per year for years after that. So you end up seeing people using Oregon plates or Nevada plates or Montana plates or whatever.
But OTOH, the reason why owners of German luxocars don’t have the plates what DMV sent them mounted front and rear, just speculating here, are:
4. Bridge Toll Evasion
(Hey, what if you have just the back license plate on your car – do the Golden Gate Bridge people take images of you car from the back as well? IDK.)
Anyway, the best example of this would be a German car owner who improperly asked for a handicapped placard and was improperly given one by a chiropractor and then uses that placard to park for free all day long at an SFMTA parking meter in Frisco, say someplace close to the Financh but not too close, maybe by that Safeway on Washington BUT ALSO doesn’t have license plates mounted in order to evade the $6.50 daily Golden Gate Bridge toll BUT ALSO has an insidery CHP 11-99 Foundation license plate holder so that the CHP officer who pulls you over already knows that you’ve personally given thousands of dollars to the families of CHP officers so s/he will go easy on you “this time” for speeding on the 101 without license plates BUT ALSO has been doing this for years and years.
You know, something like this:
After all, you’re special.
So very special…
It wasn’t that I didn’t try
It’s not the kind of thing, that you buy
Written in my destiny
Life is but a dream
Covered by the sky
Stop saying that you’re calling time
Look at your life before you start on mine
I’m not the kind of person that you need
I’m sick of trying
I mean that it’s over
Patiently you wait for me
You’re so blind
I thought it couldn’t be
Then changed my mind
Drowning in the endless sea
Line all those lines
The traces of your memory
Don’t belong with mine
This is How We Live in 2016:
Which is the bigger disincentive to ripping off MUNI in the future?
All right, kids. Be sure to NOT be like 66-year-old MSM’er CWNevius. But if you do evade a fare and get caught on you’re 100th evasion, just be sure to not complain about the whole process, the way he did.
Here’s the latest from America’s Slowest Big-City Transit System:
1. Leave us begin:
“We’re making changes to Muni fares…”
No MUNI, no! Just say “INCREASE,” MUNI! Say it, say it, oh, ohhh!
Now, what would a normal person say? How about something like this:
2. So, here’s another way of saying increase:
“Starting January 1, 2017, single-trip Muni fares paid with Clipper or MuniMobile will cost 25 cents less than fares paid with cash…”
Hey, SFMTA! Why not just keep fares the same and offer a 25-cent discount for using Clipper or whatever? Wouldn’t that be better? And wouldn’t that be more “equitable?” Oh, what’s that, SFMTA, you need more and more and more money to pay for all the mistakes you’ve made over the years and to pay for an expanding crew of highly compensated (indeed – just look at the TCOE (Total Cost Of Employment)) “media relations” staffers and to pay, effectively, for all of our SFMTA’s unique-to-the-world “work rules” what have accumulated over, what, the past century?
3. Now here’s a puzzler:
“We’ll start with … Providing Clipper Cards without the $3 purchase fee*…”
You’d think the asterix would lead to something else on the page, but it don’t. Oh well!
4. And here’s another impossible goal promised by our SFMTA
“…ensure everyone knows how to get a Clipper Card…”
I’ll tell you, I don’t know how to get a Clipper Card right now. I’m sure I could figure it out, but I’ve never had a reason to get one, oh well. Of course IRL what’s going to happen is that a lot of people will end up paying the 25 cents more. Our SFMTA knows this, but doesn’t seem to want to acknowledge it.
“…making Muni a faster, more reliable system…”
How about instead, “Making MUNI a less slow, less unreliable system,” you know, instead?
6. And what’s this?
“Comments for this thread are now closed.”
Well, why’s that, SFMTA? [UPDATE: Comments are now enabled at the SFMTA website. Hurrah.]
Anyway, as always, our SFMTA is run primarily for the benefit of … those who are employed by the SFMTA. Cest la vie, Mon Amie. But, man, it’d sure be nice if our SFMTA could correctly identify Yet Another Fare Increase as such. Oh well.
It looks like this:
All the deets! From our SFMTA! (You know, they really like EXCLAMATION POINTS over there, wow!)
“The SFMTA is excited to introduce MuniMobile: the mobile ticketing app for smartphones coming soon!
MuniMobile enables customers to purchase and use transit fares across the Muni system: bus, rail, cable car and Paratransit.
Buy Muni tickets and passes in advance or on-the-go! With MuniMobile, your phone is your fare. There’s no longer need to carry exact change or rely on fare vending machines to ride.
The app will include the following features:
Ability to purchase, store and use single or multiple Muni fares on one mobile device
Allow passengers to pay for single-ride fares, cable car rides, and one-day, three-day and seven-day passports
Industry-leading security to protect personal information and payments
Responsive eCommerce website for online ticket purchases
Beta testing update: we’re received over 1,600 applicants for the Beta phase of MuniMobile – wow!
Thank you for the tremendous support!
For those who did not sign up in time or were not selected to participate in this phase, don’t worry. The public launch is right around the corner next month.”
Somehow, this ticketing has something to do with the Department of Homeland Security
Somehow this makes sense…