Posts Tagged ‘Muni’

SFMTA Juxtaposition: “Electric Bus” Just One Foot Away from a Big Old Honking Diesel Exhaust Pipe

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

To be fair, the full phrase on the side of this MUNI bus in SFMTA NewSpeak is Hybrid Electric Bus.

But to be accurate, this is a Diesel Hybrid Bus, IRL.

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Hence the diesel exhaust pipe, one that wouldn’t look out of place on an 80 year old Panzer.

Missed it by that much, SFMTA…

Frisco’s Most Windswept Bus Stop – Less a Shelter Than a Sine Wave-Based, Cantilevered Roof

Monday, March 26th, 2018

IDK, what’s the roof supposed to be, p-waves from the Big One what’s going to come and kill some of us some day?

IDK but I think so.

Ooh, how, how … practical? 

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Most of the time, the wind comes from the west here, and this is an east-west street, oh well.

Les mise en scene:

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A challenging location, needless to say…

Did a Bus Driver Just Pass Your Stop Leaving You Behind? Here are the SFMTA’s TOP FIVE REASONS “Why MUNI Sometimes Doesn’t Stop”

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

Here’s what the SFMTA DOESN’T want you to do – it doesn’t want you take your handy skateboard and start smashing up advertiser-friendly but actually somewhat delicate bus stops.

So here it is, from MUNITRUE, your official, David Lettermanesque, TOP FIVE REASONS A MUNI BUS JUST PASSED YOU BY:

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  • Full vehicles: The vehicle may have been full and unable to take on more passengers. When this happens, operators will call in to report the full vehicle and the need to skip stops. In these cases, the operator will generally only make requested stops for passengers to get off. In some cases, however, a vehicle may be crowded only in the front, and an operator may not be able to see room available behind the crowd.
  • Balancing service: Operators are often ordered to skip stops to even out service when vehicles become bunched up. Stop skipping is a common transit service management tool used to even out service when another vehicle on the same route is close behind. In these cases, operators are still expected to make all stops requested by passengers. When passing a stop, operators may gesture (if safe to do so) to waiting passengers with a wave or honk to indicate that they should expect another vehicle to arrive soon.
  • Stops not served by “Rapid” service vehicles: Muni vehicles with signs marked with an “R” are part of our network of “Rapid” routes, which save time by serving fewer stops than their regular counterparts. Be sure to double check that the route indicated on the sign of an approaching bus matches those marked at your stop (i.e., 5 Fulton vs. 5R Fulton Rapid).
  • Operators only stop once: Once an operator closes a vehicle’s doors and departs a stop, safety reasons generally prohibit them from stopping the vehicle and opening their doors a second time.
  • Sign malfunction: While operators are expected to ensure that their vehicle’s “headsign” displays the proper route and destination, in some cases the signs may fail without the operator’s knowledge. Any vehicle which is “not in service” should be indicated on its headsign.

So there you have it.

(I like this type of SFMTA propaganda because it’s actually true, you know, for a change – yes indeed, ppl get passed by for all these reasons, “sometimes.” It’s unassailable. So sincere congrats to everybody at MUNI MINITRUE, you know for today only.)

Beauty Tips from America’s Slowest Big-City Transit System

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

That would be SFMTA MUNI DPT – they’re all “UPDATE YOUR MAKEUP.” See?

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So then I talked with ppl and they’re telling my look is “so 2011,” but everybody was afraid to tell me. I guess I will need to “UPDATE.”

Thanks for the tough love, MUNI! I needed it.

LONDON Calling – Bus Stop Ad Seems In Apropos-Priate

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Well, look what I saw just after I encountered this political ad on Geary this afternoon

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How come I know this rule and London Breed and/or her ppl don’t?

It’s SCOOT’s World, We’re Just Living in It – The Solution to All the New SFMTA/UBER/Lyft-Created Traffic is a Quick Quiet Electric Scooter – (NOTE: Some Lane-Splitting Required)

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

The Future is coming at you on just two wheels:

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This bit should make my point:

“Thanks to California’s tolerance of lane-splitting (thanks, California!), a scooter can sneak between cars and maneuver around the ubiquitous construction zones and double-parked delivery trucks, cabs and buses, which can reduce trip time dramatically.”

If you can lane-split through stalled traffic at 5 MPH to get to the front of the queue, well, that could get you to your destination two or three times faster than MUNI, UBER, Lyft etc, right?

Just saying…

Jackson Street Tableau: What Bus Drivers Have To Deal With That They Didn’t Use To – UBER, Lyft, and Lots of Package Delivery

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

I’ll tell you, the (actual or soon-to-be) millionaires living at or near the highest-numbered block of Jackson Street, well they must be overjoyed that VC’s are subsidizing their dirt-cheap chauffeured rides home from the Financh in brand-new Lexuses, non?

Now back in the day, you’d have to pay more for a junky old taxi ride home, and then of course taxis were tough to hail, owing to longstanding SFGov / SFMTA policies, oh well. And look, here comes a Lyft Prius, going around the also double-parked DHL package delivery van, you know, now that we get lots and lots of stuff delivered.

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Anyway, the DHL could have easily parked in front of a garage, as could have the UBER driver, you know, instead of double parking.

And of course yes we had taxis double parking back in the old days, and delivery trucks too, but now we have lots more vehicles to deal with – we have UBER and Lyft taxis and all those delivery trucks.

My point is that this scene from 2018 looks a lot different from 2008 or 1998…

Textbook Traffic Calming Seems to Irk Some SFMTA Employees, Ones Stuck at an SFMTA-Created Bottleneck, Oak and Octavia – Extra Parking Spaces vs. Flow

Monday, February 26th, 2018

PCO RTB – Parking Control Officers Return(ing) To Base.

Here’s the Polk Street version – just take the bike lane, easy-peasy. Not looking for violations, just repositioning:

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But Oak, the Great Eastern Way, a Freeway Substitute, well for some reason, our SFMTA decided to offer street parking to our tech-heavy newcomers living in expensive new units in a now-fashionable part of the Western Addition. See? No bike lane = stuck on Oak like everybody else:

 

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Just saying…

Wires, Beautiful Wires Overhead – Some Rich People Hate Them, Insist Upon Using Tax Money to UNDERGROUND Them – Well, Maybe Not Beautiful, But Functional, and Cheap

Monday, February 5th, 2018

IOW, the the rich ppl of the UNDERGROUNDING Commission can take their aesthetics and GTH.

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JMO