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Facebook Corporate Shuttle Bus Update: Multiple, Repeated Violations in NoPA / Western Addition – No ID Number, “Staging” in MUNI StopsMonday, 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:
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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The Stand-Up, Motorized Scooter Gangs of the Western Addition – A Slow Speed Chase on Fell, Oak, Complete with SFPD Pursuit / EscortMonday, December 21st, 2015
What’s this, a bunch of Bros loudly two-stroking themselves down Oak Street? Sure – you’ll hear them first, from blocks away, and then smell them later, what with the old-fashioned (and these days, widely banned) two-stroke style engines, which literally burn motor oil, by design:
Here’s a wider view. These Bros hail from the East Bay and the Central Valley, one assumes, based upon their apparel:
And in the middle of this loud scrum, it’s two members of the SFPD Motor Patrol:
Were they chasing or escorting – I couldn’t tell.
Later on, this crew tried to regroup on Masonic:
Now heading west on the sidewalks of Oak:
Leaving you with this, the last Bro I saw, GoProing his way up Fell:
“Scott Owades, Lone[-ly] Mountain
As a transportation fanatic, I’m excited to be able to bring new commuting options into the neighborhood. My company, Chariot, is launching The Great Haight tomorrow, running down Haight & Oak St.
The route runs from 6:30 – 9:30 AM and 4:30 – 7:30 PM, and the pickups are:
Haight & Stanyan
Haight & Clayton
Haight & Masonic
Lyon & Oak
Oak & Pierce
Oak & Webster
While Muni serves Market St. well, it’s a pain to commute on Muni to SoMa & Caltrain. If you’re going in that direction, you should give this a [try].”
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?*
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.
*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…
Florida Man Takes Frisco by Storm: Meet Erick Brown & “Deer,” His Pygmy Goat – They’re All Over Town These DaysWednesday, October 7th, 2015
Hey look, it’s Erick “Rockclub” Brown and his goat named Deer, straight outta the Florida Panhandle.
All the deets:
And you know People Magazine? Well they have a Pets Section now. It’s called “PeoplePets.” Srsly:
All right, let’s bid adieu, as Erick and Deer strut through a four-on-four pickup blacktop game in our Panhandle:
Take a look at the ballers – click to expand if necessary. They all have the same HEY-BRO-GET-OFF-THE-COURT-WHOA-A-GOAT EXPRESSION, IMO.
Bon courage, Erick
Bon courage, Deer
READER NOTES: Are you aware of the Growing Urban Goat Movement? Check it:
Sarah Hawkins breeds and sells a specific variety of miniature goats. “The Nigerian Dwarf can be for pets and for milk,” says Hawkins, “and for eating weeds – they’ll eat yellow star thistle.” Hawkins owns Castle Rock Farm in Vacaville. Most of her customers live in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland where it’s legal to keep goats in backyards.
And hey, you know who loves urban goats? SFGov, that’s who. Read up our even-toed ungulate laws here:
“Keeping two or less female goats on private property is legally allowed in San Francisco for the exclusive use of the owner’s family. Keeping more than two female goats or any number of male goats and other hoofed animals (e.g. Horse, mare, gelding, mule, burro, sheep, cow, etc) requires appropriate approval and stable permit according to the San Francisco Health Code. Goats can also be temporarily allowed on public projects for weed clearing and fire hazard abatement activities by special permit with the agency landowner.”
Well, I suppose it’s three peds, actually. Now let’s see how they do:
The two peds on the left act properly and the jogger ped does not.
There’s room for improvement at this intersection, SFGov/SFMTA.