Posts Tagged ‘ferry’

OMG! Clipper Customer Service Centers to Open in San Francisco – Wednesday, Wednesday, Wednesday!

Monday, February 21st, 2011

That’s right, the transit kiosk in the Embarcadero Station has been “re-engineered and rebranded.”

Starting Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011, your Embarcadero BART/Muni station is going all-out for Clipper. That means that you’ll have a convenient  place to go if you want to trade-in your damaged Clipper Card ‘n stuff.

Like my one and only. It fell to pieces after just a two-day acetone bath. Still works though, as the all-important antenna is mostly intact, mostly.

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All the deets are below.

(Now technically, this excloo event is for “the media,” but it’s not a secret or nothing – it’s been posted up for tout le monde to see. Dress up (or down, one or the other) and you’ll fit right in.)

“Clipper(SM) Customer Service Centers to Open in San Francisco

Who: Jon Rubin, MTC Commissioner, Clipper project staff

What: Unveiling of new full-service Clipper(SM) customer service center at Embarcadero BART/Muni station. After Jon Rubin’s remarks, MTC Public Information Officer John Goodwin will lead media to the Ferry Building for a photo/video opportunity at another new customer service center opening in the Bay Crossings store.

When: Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, 2 p.m. PST

Where: Concourse Level, East End Embarcadero BART/Muni Station San Francisco

Background: The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has re-engineered and rebranded the transit kiosk in the Embarcadero BART/Muni station to focus on Clipper card customer service. In addition to basic card purchase and add-value transactions available at all Clipper retailers (including more than 100 Walgreens stores), the kiosk offers a higher level of service and equipment, allowing travelers to:

— exchange a damaged or defective card for a new one
— receive senior and youth Clipper cards
— use transit benefit vouchers and/or debit cards to load value onto a Clipper card
— get answers to questions about the Clipper program

Clipper is now used to pay fares on 374,000 transit trips each weekday. Participating operators include AC Transit, BART, Caltrain, San Francisco Muni, Golden Gate Transit & Ferry, Dumbarton Express, SamTrans, and Santa Clara County’s Valley Transportation Authority. MTC is the transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency of the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.”

The MTC is Super-Excited About the Recent Increase in Clipper Card Use in the Bay Area

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Our Metropolitan Transportation Commission is pleased as punch because people are using Clipper cards more these days.

Especially MUNI riders, but aren’t they sort of being forced into using Clipper?

Anyway, here’s the gritty nitty. Go MUNI, Go!

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And here are the deets, for your big-whoop file:

Clipper Card Usage Climbing Rapidly

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 20 — The number of Bay Area transit riders using Clipper to pay fares on buses, trains and ferries rose to an average of 139,725 during the four weekdays following the Labor Day holiday. This marks a 16 percent increase from the roughly 120,225 average weekday boardings during the week ending September 3, and a jump of more than 100 percent since the formal launch of the Clipper card in mid-June.

San Francisco Muni, which carries the largest number of transit passengers in the Bay Area, also is registering the largest number of daily Clipper boardings. Muni accounted for an average of  57,750 Clipper boardings during the four regular workdays ending Sept. 10. This was followed by BART with 41,975 weekday boardings; and AC Transit with an average of 26,175 Clipper boardings each weekday. Smaller numbers of passengers used Clipper cards to board Golden Gate Transit & Ferry, Caltrain and Dumbarton Express vehicles.

Muni is nearing completion of a year-long project to replace aging fare gates throughout its Muni Metro station network with new gates that will only accept Clipper cards. The roughly $29 million initiative includes the installation of new ticket vending machines, through which customers can purchase new single-use Clipper cards. Installation is now complete at the Civic Center and Powell Street stations, with the finishing touches underway at the Castro, Church Street, Embarcadero and Forest Hill stations. Installation work is expected to begin next week at the Van Ness and West Portal stations.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), which oversees the Clipper program, is working with participating transit agencies and with program contractor Cubic Transportation Systems Inc. to solve several customer service problems exposed by the rapid growth in Clipper card usage. These include a shortage of experienced front-line staff at the Clipper Customer Service Center; hardware problems that are hindering proper clock synchronizationon the Clipper card readers installed on 43 buses operated by AC Transit, Golden Gate Transit and San Francisco Muni; and software integration of some “business rules” created by the myriad combinations of fare policies established by the Bay Area’s more than two dozen separate transit agencies.

Ever more deets after the jump


Hamlet on Alcatraz! Performance from We Players Runs October 2 to November 21

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

Get your tickets now for the We Players‘ performances of Hamlet on The Rock.

The shows run from October 2nd to November 21st.

This production should be mega.

Red Bull King of the Rock One-on-One Basketball Battle Coming to Alcatraz, Starring Rajon Rondo

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

This was the scene this AM in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle where Red Bull took over the courts to have qualifying for its King of the Rock one-on-one basketball tourney

64 will make it to the finals to vie for $10,000 on Alcatraz the evening of September 18th, 2010.

Looks as if Oakland will be the last place you’ll have to qualify:

  • OAKLAND – September 11

    Mosswood Park
    3612 Webster St. (W MacArthur Boulevard between Webster Street and Broadway)
    Oakland, CA 94609

    9:00 AM – Registration Opens
    10:00 AM – Competition Begins

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    All the deets:

    “For 29 long years, more than 1,500 men dreamed of nothing but getting off of Alcatraz. But beginning on July 17, hundreds will try their hardest to make it onto the island, with the goal of being crowned King of the Rock. Red Bull King of the Rock will be the first sporting event held on Alcatraz since the inmates left the island over 50 years ago. This one-on-one basketball tournament will kick off with six qualifiers on the West Coast, with participating cities including: Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Seattle, San Francisco and Oakland. Sixty-Four contestants will emerge from these six qualifiers and make their way to Alcatraz, one of the world’s most iconic and recognizable locations, for the final showdown hosted by All-Star guard Rajon Rondo on September 18.”

    Ever more deets, after the jump


    Big “San Francisco Congestion Pricing” Car Fee Meeting Tonight at the Ferry Building

    Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

    I’ll tell you, if you are dead-set against the idea of paying money for the right to drive into the Financh at certain times of the day, you’re better off not attending the “outreach meeting” being held tonight tonight* at the Ferry Building.

    We will be conducting a fourth round of public workshops to present our findings in late spring or early summer. Join us in person or on the web to discuss our findings, and your thoughts on next steps.

    Tuesday, July 27 from 5:30 – 7:00pm
    San Francisco Ferry Building
    Port Commission Hearing Room, 2nd floor

    Wednesday, July 28 from 5:30 – 7:00pm
    SFCTA Hearing Room
    100 Van Ness Avenue, 26th Floor”

    The reason being is that you don’t have a prayer about changing their minds or nothing. They already know what’s best for you.

    They already know that this, or something similiar, is The Future:

    And to persuade you of all this, they’ll sacrifice a few straw dogs just for your benefit. Srsly. So, like, does anybody actually believe this statement?

    All the traffic in the city is from drivers who don’t live in the city.”

    Or this one? Does anybody go around saying this IRL?

    “Congestion Pricing is a regressive tax on poor people who need to drive into the cordon area.”

    No, not really. Oh well. They’re trying to persuade so this is how they do it, in a patronizing manner. It’s The System.

    This is the same system that FUBARed the Bay Bridge retrofit.  This is the same system that calls the increased fares on the Bay Bridge “congestion pricing.” Oh well.

    Myself, I support the concept of congestion pricing. In fact, I’m thinking it’s possible that San Francisco could actually execute this idea in a textbook fashion. We’ll see.

    *Phil Collins is a jerk but he was also a jerk back in his Genesis days, so you can’t say that he changed or nothing. And you can’t say that he just tagged along with the others from Genesis – he was Genesis, really. So, if you like the extended part that starts at 3:17 here and the other similar parts, well then you have to give props to Phil Collins, I guess.

    Refreshing RocketBoat Adds Some Needed Color to San Francisco Bay – 2010 Season is On

    Monday, May 3rd, 2010

    Of course, some people* don’t like you, RocketBoat, but I do. You add color to the bay. You complete me, RB. Thanks for coming back in 2010.

    Get all the deets on the Rocket Boat here from sailboat-hating Ken Garcia.  And take a look at the action on YouTube. RocketBoat just might rock your world. Check it:

    Came back for a 2nd round and this time we had a party of 7 go on the Rocketboat. That boat kicks ass. It goes about 45 mph and the driver loves to spin donuts.”


    Now, we’ve all heard the expression “let’s get busy.” Well, this is a boat who gets “biz-zay!” Consistently and thoroughly. Look at RB totally pwning a local yachtsman just the other day:

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    Even “smart chicks” love the RocketBoat. You will too.

    Get all the deets after the jump.

    See you there!

    *Local sailboat people disapprove of motor vessels in general, and RocktBoat in particular. RocketBoat, RocketBoat/ It’s not your fault.


    Know Your Condemned San Francisco Parking Lots – The Ferry Building’s Pier 1/2

    Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

    San Francisco’s Ferry Building is just to the right in this photo of Pier 1/2 (“one-half” – that’s what they call it). People used to park there and then buy (or sell) expensive mushrooms next door.

    But now the pier is condemned so the parking lot on top just sits around, a proud symbol of The City That Knows How to let things go to hell.  

    The macadam looks a little wavy, huh? Click to expand:

    Savor the Good Old Days, pre-condemnation:

    Phase 2 of the Downtown Ferry Terminal Project will eventually replace this 70-year-old pier, one of these decades.

    Now, you better know your Condemned San Francisco Parking Lots.

    Happy New Year from San Francisco – What Our Waterfront Fireworks Looked Like in 2010

    Friday, January 1st, 2010

    Via the beloved Laughing Squid blog (which is celebrating its fifth anniversary today – congratulations to the King of All Webhosts!) comes this link to The Big Picture showing New Year celebrations from around the world.

    And this below is what the fireworks performance around the Ferry Building looked like early this morning via the camera of sebastiansuk, who now has a nice set of photos to remember his visit to San Francisco.

    Would having people in these fireworks photos (plus seeing their names and hometowns) appeal to you? Well then click here.   

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    Have a great 2010!

    3D Model Shows Just How Dwarfed San Francisco’s Ferry Building Has Become

    Thursday, June 11th, 2009

    You can see it all in this photo of San Francisco’s Financial District and SoMA. Just how many structures rise above the Ferry Building these days?

    It used to be the tallest in the City, back in the day.

    See it, in the foreground at the foot of Market Street, in this model you can find at the SPUR Urban Center on Mission?


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    Sic Transit Gloria Urbis

    The Ferry Building’s Port of San Francisco, or is it “PORT F SAN RANCISCO”?

    Monday, March 16th, 2009

    The touristas coming in on the ferry boats might almost believe the PORT F part of this scene, but the “RANCISCO” part gives away the fact that a couple of letters were missing on this evening.

    It looks nice nevertheless.

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