Posts Tagged ‘google bus’

Man, These Residents of Fell Street are Hopping Mad About a Possible Facebook Employee Bus Stop / Terminal in Front of their Homes

Monday, March 21st, 2016

I don’t know how the SFMTA’s big meeting on March 18th, 2016 ended up, but this was the scene aforehand, on Fell near Masonic:

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There were multiple three-page flyers everywhere:

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What the Facebook Teamsters wanted last year was their own terminal in the 94117, so they wouldn’t have to sit around idling, and I’m srsly, in the slow lane of outbound/southbound Masonic (betwixt Fell and Oak, you know, the one that MUNI buses use all the time) OR in the MUNI stop at Hayes and Masonic (as they’ve been doing every working day, including this morning at 6:43 AM). It looks like they’re getting what they want. Enough space for two buses.

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And I call it a terminal since there’s now nothing to prevent the Teamsters from staging in their own dedicated bus stop, AFAICS…

Corporate Shuttle Bus Terminals / Dedicated Bus Stops are Coming to YOUR Neighborhood – Here’s the SFMTA’s New Wishlist of Locations

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Our incompetent SFMTA* has been sending out postcards that look like this:

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So in this case, Hayes won’t have the same old load of corporate buses because Fell Street will be picking up the slack.

Here’s what Hayes looks like these days, sometimes – there’s conflict betwixt MUNI operators in MUNI buses and the Teamsters in the Facebook Buses, who know staging (sitting around) is against the rules but they do it anyway because They Just Don’t Care:

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(It’s hard to tell without expanding the photo, but the MUNI bus driver was glaring at the idled Teamster. I’ll tell you, Bro was pissed at the big FB bus, that’s for sure.)

Anyway, forget all that, cause this is what’s coming:

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So, using the same example, we’ll say good-bye to parking on the first 116 feet of the north side of Fell past Masonic:

“ESTABLISH – TOW AWAY NO STOPPING PERMITTED COMMUTER SHUTTLE BUS ZONE, 6 AM TO 10 AM AND 4PM TO 8PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
Fell Street north side, from Masonic Street to 116 feet westerly (restricts parking at 3 residential permit parking spaces)”

You can look forward to seeing Facebook buses sitting in front of these buildings, especially in the AM:

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Basically, these new stops will turn into bus terminals, ’cause the drivers will end up simply parking here on Fell the same way they routinely (and improperly) do so at the outbound #21 Hayes stop one block north. Maybe even non-driving Facebook “starters” will come back, like last year when they hung out across the street closer to Oak.

Oh well.

“PUBLIC HEARING FOR PROPOSED PARKING & TRAFFIC CHANGES
Pursuant to SFMTA Order No. 5550 adopted March 4, 2016, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will hold a public hearing to solicit public input on the following proposed changes. The hearing will be held as follows:
Date/Time: Friday, March 18, at 10:00 am
Location: Room 416 (Hearing Room 4), City Hall, San Francisco (located on Van Ness Avenue between McAllister and Grove Streets)”

All the deets at the official link above, and after the jump.

*Our SFMTA is the operator of MUNI – case closed.

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Facebook Corporate Shuttle Bus Update: Multiple, Repeated Violations in NoPA / Western Addition – No ID Number, “Staging” in MUNI Stops

Monday, February 1st, 2016

Oh Facebook, Facebook – why is it that I know so much more about how you should operate your corporate shuttle bus system than your Teamsters / employees / contractors do? I mean, who’s in charge here?

For instance, drivers at Hayes and Masonic repeatedly “stage” in the outbound MUNI bus stop. We’ve been through this afore. This isn’t some kind of loophole – it’s specifically enumerated as something drivers aren’t supposed to do. Here’s a scene from this morning, just after the operator decided to (awkwardly) hit the road:

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So the Teamsters/starters ask me, “Well, where do you want us to stage?” And I’m like NO NO NO, THAT’S NOT MY PROBLEM. I’m like, no, I’m not paid to make that decision for you. IDK, do you want to pay some place for the privilege of parking for 5, 10 or 15 minutes at a shot? Hey, that’s an idea. Have at it. Oh, what’s that, you can’t afford that? Rly? IDK, man.

And lately, I’ve never seen these buses in compliance. The only time I really notice them is when they’re staging. MUNI buses generally stop, let ppl get on/off and move on in like 10-20 seconds. What can’t Facebook buses do that?

And the other thing is that I’m no longer seeing the green shuttle ID numbers on the back of these buses. They’re on the front, like 07-057, certainly, but not on the back, which is really the place where you’d want them, like, you just got run over by a bus and then you put your glasses back on and you say to yourself, oh OK, “07-057 – I’m going to call the 311 after I get out of the ER and I’m going to tell them 07-057, yeah, that’s the ticket.”

So what’s up with that? Am I seeing the same couple of noncompliant buses every day? That’s certainly possible. Or perhaps we’re in some kind of shuttle bus limbo due to in/action by the BOS the past couple of weeks and maybe the rules don’t apply anymore, if only temporarily?

Hey, here’s a checklist – walk around your damn bus every day and then check to see if your ID #s are where they are supposed to be.

I have a couple other pointers as well, FB. Call me, Facebook. Or gmail me or something. (I’m not on the actual FB anymore, sry.)

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Notice of Meeting to Enshrine the “SFMTA COMMUTER SHUTTLE PROGRAM” – Nov. 17th, 2015 – List of All the Permanent Corporate Bus Stops

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Donna pilota – she is over, after 18 months.

So now comes time to make things permanent – here are the affected intersections:

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I expected to see a few places that I didn’t on this list, for whatever reason.

Here’s the link to the official SFMTA posting – you can use it until the SFMTA rejiggers its site, and after that the Wayback Machine should help you.

Here is The Future:

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Corporate Buses Have Few Places to Legally Park in San Francisco, So They Illegally Double-Park, Like This – The Problem with “Staging”

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Get up-to-speed on “staging” here – just keep reading down.

So, our SFMTA is giving out favorable reviews of its corporate shuttle bus trial these days? Is that so surprising? Not really.

But one question remains: Where are these big buses going to wait before the next run starts? Obviously, the slow lane of Masonic Avenue between Fell and Oak isn’t going to work, but what about the wide streets of West NoPA?*

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Actually, this isn’t all that bad a place to hang out – this is a pretty out of the way place, and yet it’s very close to the designated stops for this particular bus.

Anyway, I don’t work for the SFMTA kicking back and making hundred of thousands of dollars per year (we’re talking TCOE (Total Cost Of Employment) here), so this isn’t really my thing to worry about.

BUT, it’s an issue for The Future, just saying.

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*Here’s how this works. Go to the Panhandle. Then go east, to Divisadero. Then go north, IDK, up to Hayes or someplace. Then go back, go west. Now, you’re in “West NoPA.” What new name will our area realtors** come up with next? IDK. “North of NoPA” is already with us, I’m afraid. Hey, how about “South of West NoPA,” you know, to describe the Panhandle? Sure. Go east then north then west then south and you are back where you started…

**Always with a lower-case “r.” It’s kind of semi-genericized term now, like champagne or something…

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:

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READER NOTES:

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

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On It Goes…

Cold Busted: Facebook Buses are “Staging in a Travel Lane” in the 94117 Again – “Hayes Valley-MPK” Idling on Ashbury, Again

Thursday, 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.

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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?

IDK.

So Sure, the SFMTA Regulates Corporate Buses, But What About the “Staging” Problem – Where Should They Park in SF When Idling?

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

This was the problem a few weeks back, when Facebook buses would “stage” on Masonic by double-parking in the slow lane.

Staging means buses sitting and waiting for the next run to start. (It’s a necessary part of running a reliable “transit” system.)

But where to stage has pretty much been left out of the SFMTA’s vaunted 18-month corporate bus stop “trial” – it’s pretty much up to the drivers / on-scene dispatchers on where to park buses for breaks / waiting time. (Contrast that with when are where the buses pick up workers – that’s highly regulated now.)

Oh look, here’s some staging as it’s currently practiced, by a non-Facebook* bus:

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This is Fell in the 94117. This is a great place to stage for like 15-20 minutes, cause cars have cleared out for the SFMTA’s weekly unnecessary $treet $weeping program. If the meter maids come, the driver will simply move along, plus s/he isn’t blocking any driveways. This is a great place to stage, but only on Tuesday mornings. Where do drivers stage on other days? I know not.

Here you go, a Google contractor bus chilling out by the infamous Fell Street DMV. The next day at the same time, it will be at another place:

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I’ll tell you, the Teamsters** who make the buses run on time are at their wits’ end trying to find places to stage without blocking traffic or pissing off residents.

ATTENTION MEDIA: This issue is a STORY.

Anywho, the particular problem on Masonic involving FB got solved in about 30 hours last week. Due to a lengthy construction project at Fell and Masonic, the slow lane of Masonic southbound was blocked, like for months. So the Teamsters made that lane their staging place and nobody complained. But when construction ended and the lane was no longer blocked by sawhorses and whatnot, they didn’t adapt the way they should have. Only after having this issue pointed out to them did they adapt. And to their credit, the Facebook bus operators cleared out tout de suite – they’ve found other places to stage in a matter of hours and they haven’t come back.***

And here’s the result, the return of native species to the area. Here’s a #43 Masonic cruising through the #3 lane, exactly where the FB buses have been blocking MUNI and everybody else for months:

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File this small issue in the RESOLVED file.

Ey yo the government is lies, son
United States of Google, Verizon
They all spies son,
I’m Pisces, risin’

And you ain’t Hoover, you suck like James Dyson
Google the devil but I feel lucky
Extreme Home Make-Over couldn’t touch me
Backyards, kittens, puppies, 401k’s, libels, yuppies
Yeeah, I’m talkin’ bout wine drinkers
Bald-head men, Klux Klan
swine-thinkers

*Is is a Loop Transport or a WEDRIVEU, or an SFO Airporter bus? That doesn’t matter. IRL, this particular one is a Google bus.

**Some of them aren’t Teamsters, not yet. 

***I’ll tell you, I was literally in the room when issues like these came up eight freaking years ago. The corporate reps seemed to know what they were doing. Somehow, things fell apart a few years back, IDK why. Millions of dollars donated to SFGov and the relatively recent hiring of insider Rebecca Prozan seem to have fixed things. JMO.

GBUS TO MTV: A Confirmed Sighting of an Actual Google Bus on the Streets of San Francisco

Friday, July 6th, 2012

See? It’s black over white:

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And you can barely see, but the caption up there says “GBUS to MTV.”

Which stands for “Google Bus to Mountain View.”

Enjoy your WiFi-enabled reverse commute, Googlers!

 

Noe Valley’s 23rd Street Proves Too Much for This Google Bus – Its Rear End Gets Stuck at the Bottom of a Hill

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Oh well:

Via Jim Greer of online gaming site Kongregate – click to expand

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It’s not your fault

Wouldn’t the Google Bus have been better off on 24th? I think so.

And hey, didn’t former Supervisor Bevan Dufty meet with area NIMBY’s to iron things out a half-decade ago?

I think so. Actually, I know so. It looked like this:

But the wealthy, white, wizened NIMBYs of Noe still weren’t satisfied.

Oh well.

I hope you’re happy, NIMBIES! Look what you made Google do.

(Or maybe the driver just got lost. You’d think he’d have a map with no-go areas marked out.)

(Do Googlers Google on Sundays? Not that I know of, but they go on fun field trips from time to time, wine tastings and the like, I hear.)

I’ll tell you, Google prolly hasn’t been this embarrassed since that federal cop busted the Maps Car in the Presidio.

Here’s the chase, recorded by Google itself:

And here’s the bust, apparently for not getting a permit from the Presidio Trust after the Presidio Trust told Google it would need a permit:

All right, let’s be careful out there, Google!