Posts Tagged ‘Muni’

SFMTA “Sting” Operation Snares Deadbeats, Even on Saturdays – Northbound #43 Masonic at Fulton

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Normally it’s totally cool to not pay your MUNI fare, but not today on the #43 Masonic:

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Oh, but wait, this isn’t at all a sting operation, ’cause that kind of thing involves some sort of subterfuge, right?

So when you move here from New Yawk and then start talking about:

“…a sting operation in the wiggle…”

or wherever, where the cops just park their cars or motorcycles and just stand there five feet past a stop sign, well I just gotta say no, that’s not what a sting operation is. Sry.

(What’s that, you didn’t see the cops? Well, you should be looking around more – pay attention, fool!)

Anyway, most people stopped on this day, but not all, oh well:

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ENDOFLINE

STARSKY HEARTS HUTCH: Another Bizarre Ad Campaign from Our SFMTA – But Let’s Read the Fine Print

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Ah yes, yet another ad campaign from/for America’s Slowest Big-City Transit Agency, the MUNI. So this fare inspector is vouching for his partner – it’s kind of a Starsky and Hutch thing I figure.

Anyway, we’re getting down to basics here, identifying SFMTA employees as actual people, as opposed to them being monsters or whathaveyou.

And somehow its your job, Gentle Reader, to KEEPTHEMSAFE as they drive their cars home after an eight hour shift of handing out transit tickets to scofflaws such as CW Nevius.

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And here’s the kicker – the disclaimer on the lower right states that this ad campaign what promotes the SFMTA and what’s from the SFMTA does not necessarily reflect the views of the SFMTA. Click to expand Gentle Reader. You’ll see.

Unpopular Bus Service Advertises Even More Unpopular Bus Service – “Pronto?”

Friday, February 10th, 2017

What’s Caltrain for then?

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Anyway, I’m sure the week after the Super Bowl is a good time to advertise PRONTO!

Party of Four, #5 Fulton – It’s Tough Carrying Stuff Around on MUNI

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

I was wondering why nobody was sitting here, and then I saw.

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Back in the day collecting aluminum cans was mostly about stomping on them, you know, to save space. Sadly, we’ve lost that habit…

Disrupt MUNI: LUXE-Style “ON-Demand” Valet Parker and UBER Driver Team Up to Block a #5 Fulton on Market – HONK, HONK

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Just a little slice of life here on Market outbound near Monty.

The driver on the bus goes honk honk honk/ honk honk honk / honk honk honk at this scooter-folding LUXE driver, who is fixing to stow away the black Chevy Volt for a customer:

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The problem is that it’s hard to park or even stop legally in Frisco. So that fuels demand for “on-demand” parking I s’pose, but that also makes it very difficult for the employees to work legally.

Anyway, the MUNI operator was pissed as Luxe Dude took his time to fold his Razor scooter and, eventually, drive away…

[Oh look at me riding the MUNI. Of course I almost certainly have more hours, years, decades, miles getting about Frisco on foot, by bike, and by car than you, Gentle Reader, and the officers/employees of, IDK let’s name them, SFWALK, SFBIKE, SFVISIONZERO and the boards / management at the SFMTA / SFCTA, so that means we’ve excluded some of the members of the 10K membership SFBC – some of those ppl have more bike miles than I – and we also gotta exclude some longtime MUNI operators for driving miles in Frisco. OTOH, many many ppl about town have more time sitting on MUNI BART than I. In fact, this was my first time to successfully use a Clipper Card, after two prior failed attempts. (The first time was due to the five(!?) days it takes to load a card and the second time, well, I guess the Clipper system was down that day for that bus – I’ve never seen that before. And I had a few TransLink cards, back from when they were handing them out like candy, but any I had got an acetone bath, you know, to see what was inside.) And actually, that’s my bike on the front of the bus, with a flat tire. I always try to make sure I don’t delay the bus more than a few seconds whenever I load up a bike, because Transit* First, right? Anyway, it just strikes me as funny that your bidness model entails making money off of blocking traffic on Market. Which is not to say I’ve never dropped ppl off in the Financh or SoMA or wherever, it’s just that I do it better than average. That means that I take pains to not block MUNI buses.]

*The real definition of this word, not the made up BS / BoS version what’s burned into our charter, right?

Six Six Six, the Number of the Beast

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

I see this bus all over, sometimes multiple times a day.

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Gives me an earworm it does.

How Many Tickets Does the SFMTA Issue to Its Own Drivers?

Friday, December 16th, 2016

How about zero?

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It’s just a cultural thing. Since the SFMTA is primarily driven by what’s best for SFMTA employees, it would take a lot of outside of the box thinking for an SFMTA ticket giver to give a ticket to a fellow SFMTA employee.

Even though SFMTA employees do sometimes park where they shouldn’t, right?

Am I saying it’s easy to drive around an 18 meter bus on the streets of San Francisco? No, not at all. What I’m saying is that the SFMTA isn’t as perfect as it thinks it is. Another way of saying this is “MUNI sucks,” which is always a proper starting point when considering SFMTA issues.

And if our SFMTA is pushing for automated enforcement of speeding laws, why doesn’t it start with itself and its employees first? It could do this right now without any changes in state law. (Oh, and maybe a little back and forth with a union or two.) Just saying…

It Takes a Village (of SFMTA PCOs to Monitor Just One Intersection During the Evening Drive)

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Consider 1st and Market here:

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Sometimes they have four Parking Control Officers here, to do what, watch the lights turn green yellow red? Well actually I think they’re there to make sure frustrated commuters dont block the box of First and Market.

But I think just one could get the job done, srsly.

And consider that the pensions of these people are underfunded. Woefully so.

But who knows, maybe next time I’m out there, there’ll be 8 PCOs onsite and they’ll be doing twice as good a job…

Transit Not First: Bay Area Bike Share (aka “FORD GOBIKE”) Freely Double Parks on Market, Blocks MUNI Buses

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Let’s see here, oh, still an abysmal 2 star rating from Yelp. The Ford GoBike / BABS people could easily fix this situation by changing the wording of their marketing, BUT they don’t feel like it, Man, obvs.

Anyway, they’re still double parking their Mercedes Benzes on Market, and sometimes that causes problems for MUNI buses, as here near Second Street.

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Illegal turns off of Market too – are the GoBike people allowed to do that? IDK. IDTS.

And oh yes, bikes aren’t transit, sry. You could pass a law that says that bicycles have something to do with transit, just as you could write a law what says cats are dogs for the purposes of a Leash Law, but that wouldn’t actually make cats dogs, right?

And here’s the defense of GoBike, seemingly written by an employee. I’m not saying an employee wrote this, but this is how an employee/owner might look at things, FBOW:

I am finding out that many people have given poor reviews because they thought they could pull a fast one and take off with one of the shared bicycles for a whole day for a measly $9. I’ve sometimes told tourists on the Golden Gate bridge that they should think of returning their bikes before they ruin themselves (they tell me I’m wrong, that they rented the bike for 24 hours…). There are dozens of perfectly decent stores around North Beach that will rent them a bike for $40. Bay Area Bikeshare is being penalized because folks choose not to read the price list (which is printed in large characters) and they are not familiar with how every bike sharing system in the world works.

But I don’t think you can try to “pull a fast one” without being aware that you’re doing it, I’m srsly.

Oh BABS, will you ever win?

“IF ONLY” Bus Ad: What?

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

OK, I’ll bite.

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Oh.

No sale.

But WTF to this:

“Shakira’s gown from the “Get It Started” video: $3,000″

So you’re not selling an aging pop singer’s dress, you’re selling the experience of buying the aging pop singer’s dress?

And this:

“I encourage my friends to join nonprofit boards, collect art and buy great houses.”

Yes, don’t we all.