I’ll tell you, I’ve never not paid MUNI for a ride.
OTOH, MUNI’s never asked for me for proof of fare.
I’m missing out.
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[UPDATE: Kevin Montgomery of Uptown Almanac reacts.]
[UPDATE II: The Twitter-stream of one @kylekirchhoff just went private. C'mon, Bro! You gotta engage with the peeps. Today is your big day. It's not that incrimernating, is it? Bro discusses how much he doesn't like Twitter, McAfee Antivirus Inc, and how many people got shot on a MUNI #14 last year. You know, all the usual stuff. But I'll tell you, withdrawing from Web 2.0 is what criminales do, right? You're just a bro with a bus. Nothing wrong with that.]
[UPDATE III: Aaron Sankin of Huffington Post San Francisco weighs in.]
[UPDATE IV: And now Ellen Huet of the San Francisco Chronicle:
John Avalos, a supervisor who has fought against private companies use of Muni stops, called Kirchhoff’s comments “very disingenuous.”
“What a crock of s—,” Avalos said. “How does blocking a Muni stop make the city more efficient? You’re trying to make money, and you’re creating a two-tiered transportation system in San Francisco.”]
I’ll tell you, I’ve been waiting years for a MUNI alternative to pop up and look, it’s here.
Now I’m not talking about the corporate buses (like Google, Apple, FaceBook and so on) that have been around for a decade or so, and I’m not talking about Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and the like and I’m not even talking about the private version of the taxpayer-subsidized Twitter Express, the 83X.
It looks like this, as seen just yesterday:
Here’s what the site looks like:
See that? The bus comes with WiFi and leather seats, but they cost three times as much as MUNI. And I’m supposing you and your wheelchair would be better off on MUNI, just a guess. And, oh yes, you pretty much need an Apple iPhone (or as close an iOS device as possible) to climb aboard.
Now you’d think the MSM would be all over this new company, but no. So far, Leap has escaped notice, except from this bloke called Stilgherrian from Down Under. (Uh, he’s _not_ a fan. I haven’t seen a booting like this since Bart vs. Australia)
“This little blue bus symbolises everything that is wrong with the current bubble and boom of internet startup culture. It’s in San Francisco. It belongs to Leap Transit. And, on May 13, this “better bus” — OMFG, it has leather seats and wi-fi! — began operating as part of what’s billed as a “shuttle service for San Francisco commuters.”
Bonus bon mot:
“This socialized [x] is slow and unprofitable. Let’s start a [x] for rich people that pays its employees less.”
Leave there be no doubt, Leap Transit is a wannabe MUNI disrupter. See?
So far, reaction around town has been mixed.
I don’t know, if the 30X just passed you by ’cause it’s raining and you see a Leap bus coming at you and you have an iPhone and you’re already signed up, well then Leap just might be worth the six bucks.
All the deets:
Every time you ride with leap, your credit card will be charged $6.00 automatically upon entering the bus. You…
Our shuttles flow downtown in the morning, and uptown in the evening. You can get on at any of the stops desig…
We’d love to. We’re expanding as rapidly as possible. If you’d like us to add service to your area, please sug…
Leap runs on weekdays during commuter hours. That’s from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM and from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
We currently only support iPhone, but we will be supporting other platforms very soon.
We do not currently have a way to have your employer cover the tab. But it is something we’re working on.
I’m struggling to understand how this scene makes any sense at all.
And there were a couple more fare inspectors lurking about Bush Street out of frame:
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Hey SFMTA! Why don’t you put this amount of effort into “inspecting” how much money the average cable car operator skims each and every shift?
Hey SFMTA! You’re the worst large transit agency in the United States.
Hey SFMTA! Why don’t you throw me a few thousands of dollars* and then I’ll become a MUNI cheerleading, MUNI suck-up, MUNI kiss-ass website like, I don’t know, MuniDiaries.com?
Hey SFMTA! This is what you pay people $32 an hour plus bennies to do, sit around all day in a group chit chatting and waiting for a bus to come by every half-hour or so?
Hey SFMTA! What was this, training day?
One lady got off this N Judah Express and said “I don’t have time for this” as she just walked on off. And nobody from the SFMTA did nothing, oh well.
*Actually, this site you’re looking at right here gets more traffic than Muni Diaries(TM**), so I’ll have to demand more compensation*** than what you paid them for this shameful partnership sellout deal.
**”Muni Diaries (TM)?”
Well here’s BART’s version of the story of last night’s events at Powell Station.
IMO, the MSM on hand weren’t too satisfied with what they were hearing, but listen for yourself:
The nugget’s at 4:30 or so where some woman starts off with, “Actually…”
Normally, you can comment on YouTube videos, but not this particular one, for some reason.
All right, OpBART V – A New Beginning, is the next protest against BART’s shooting and 1st Amendment policies. It’s coming at 5:00 PM on Monday, September 12th, 2011
Yes BART, The Sun Always Shines on TV*, certainly.
But why are you the most TV-obsessed transit agency in the world?
Why have you hired a litany of Kent Brockmans and Cookie Kwans* to make real-looking fake TV bits?
Is there some kind of military-industrial complex where every television “transportation reporter” in the Bay Area ends up doing gigs for BART to fool viewers into thinking that they’re watching the news?
Is this why the televised MSM lets BART get away with all the stuff BART gets away with?
I doubt any of these sell-outs still works at the stations what made them famous (I assume, as my govmint digital converter box died last year so all I can get on my 20-year old Sony is snow), but they were on the air in the Bay Area fairly recently. Here’s the partial tally – this is what I’ve noticed in the BARTtv collection from just the past six months.
The “BART-TV News” news team:
Lisa Bernard San Francisco Bay Area | Broadcast Media - Reporter at KNTV
Mark Jones of Bubb Rubb and L’il Sis fame - KRON4. This report is particularly egregious. Perhaps the BART Police’s informant was fed bad information on purpose in this instance? Remember, that was the allegation at the time. You know, from the Uhuru group. And then, per BART, after all those “groups” did all that planning, the “sneak attack” “fizzled.” Or maybe there was no sneak attack, BART? I don’t buy BART’s narrative, personally, but you are free to swallow whatever the fuck BART spoon feeds you, certainly, hook, line and sinker:
Jeffrey Schaub, KGO Radio, CBS5
And of course, Linton Johnson, who used to be a weekend anchor at KNTV San Jose. Start at about 9:45 to hear him defend his egregious misstatement of law from last month (about BART’s duty to balance the public’s constitutional Right to Safety against the 1st Amendment.) Then he goes, “I am a journalist.” (And I thought he was just a PR hack who costs BART $170+K per year.)
BART, you’re a god-damn embarrassment, that’s what I’m saying.
*Love that opening. Also, still loving Blue Skies after all these years, so imprinted am I.
Here it is, AFAIK:
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If this version of BART’s Proposed Call Service Interruption Policy were put into action as-is, it would mean that BART could do whatever it wanted to, whenever it wanted to.
So, what’s the point in having a policy that says this?
And hey, whatever happened to BARTtv? Seems as if it’s “off the air” these days. How many former Bay Area newsmens has BART hired lately, cause I see three of them on Orwellian “BARTtv news” from this year alone.
Should BART be broadcasting video clips designed to confuse the viewer over what’s news and what’s BART propganda?
Should BART have a former TV newsman making policy?
Should BART have been wasting its time FaceBooking with Commuters Take Back BART?
Should BART have solicited employees to come up with ideas both “constitutional and unconstitutional” to combat BART shooting protesters?
Photographer Steve Rhodes is Everywhere You Want To Be.
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(Keep in mind that any protest on BART property is “illegal” without a permit.)
I seriously doubt the No Justice No BART will be able to get you home without BART “profiting” from the transaction on September 8th, 2011, but anything’s possible, I s’pose…
So, look for something or other going on today and Thursday at the “downtown” stations in the 415 during the evening drive.
(BART, do you want me to lay out for you how your 1st Amendment policies are FUBARed beyond all recognition? How they’re arbitrary and overbroad and whatnot and how the 1st Amendment, IRL, need not be balanced against the so-called “constitutional Right to Safety?” Cause, you know, I could do it for you, no prob.)
Who: No Justice No BART and allied community groups
What: Press Conference and announcement of our next BART demonstration
Time: 4:30 PM, Monday September 5th
Place: Civic Center Station, inside the station but outside the fare gates
Monday September 5th, No Justice No BART will be hosting a
press conference at 4:30 PM inside Civic Center BART station. Along
with several other community groups, we are planning a mass action on
Thursday, September 8th, at the Powell BART station, to demand Justice
for Charles Hill, who was needlessly gunned down by BART police. We
will demand that the violent, corrupt, and dangerous BART police force
The press conference will include the release of more detailed
information about the upcoming action. This action will likely differ
from previous No Justice No BART actions in the following ways:
* Our intention is to protest outside the Powell station fare gates,
but we will not block emergency exits to and from the station.
* IF our demonstration is successful, passengers will RIDE BART FOR
FREE from Powell. We are calling this a SPARE THE FARE day.
* IF BART Police and Administrators attack or interfere with our
protest, we move into BART and onto the platforms, which may cause
disruption for passengers.
* We are making our strategy public so that people know what to expect
and so that BART administrators know that THEY will be held
accountable for all disruptions caused by the actions of their police.
No Justice No BART is a campaign of protests targeting the BART
transit agency. We formed 3 years ago in the wake of the BART police
murder of Oscar Grant and have been fighting since… for justice for
Oscar Grant, Fred Collins, Charles Hill, and all victims of BART
police violence and murder. Our core demand is that BART disband its
murderous, inept, corrupt police department.
On July 11th, No Justice No BART called a protest on the Civic Center
station platform to respond to the BART police killing of Charles
Hill. BART to shut down all 4 downtown stations and the disruption to
the evening commute impacted thousands of commuters. This
demonstration prompted BART to release the video of the shooting weeks
ahead of schedule.
On August 11th, fearing another protest by No Justice No BART, BART
shut down its cellular service to prevent protesters from
communicating with one another. This draconian and illegal decision
prompted a strong and negative reaction from people around the world,
from organizations such as the ACLU and EFF, and civil disobedience on
the streets and the internet organized by the shadowy “Anonymous”.
For the past 3 weeks, community groups have refrained from taking
organizing roles in demonstrations against BART, and instead our
members have watched or participated as individuals in the weekly
(Monday) actions called by Anonymous. On Thursday we will step off
[No Justice No BART is not affiliated with Anonymous, and none of our
actions have been been coordinated by Anonymous.]“
“Update on Officer Involved Shooting: GSR found on suspect’s hand
Posted Date: 7/19/2011
As stated by Chief Suhr during Monday’s press conference, information pertaining to the investigation of the officer involved shooting that occurred on Saturday, July 16, 2011 would be released as it becomes available.
Results from the analysis of evidence collected from the hands of Kenneth Harding revealed that GSR (gunshot residue) was present on Harding’s right hand. The presence of gunshot residue on Harding’s right hand supports statements from witnesses that Harding held the gun in his right hand as he fired at the police officers.
The presence of GSR on an individual’s hands indicates that either: the individual fired a gun, the individual was in close proximity to a gun as it was discharged or that the individual touched a gun or other object with GSR on its surface and particles were transferred to his/her hands.
No GSR was detected on Harding’s left hand.”