Posts Tagged ‘Muni’

World Series Update: “FUCK SFMTA” – “Only in SF Do People Hate the Transit Agency More Than the Cops”

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Word on the Street, via @SFNick, @robertol, and @kevinmonty:

 RT : Only in SF do people hate the transit agency more than the cops. (photo via )”

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Hey, how’s Prop A doing? The last polling I saw it wasn’t doing so hot, but that was a while ago.

Oh look, media coverage:

The Ides of “May”: The Language of the Mayor’s Pet $500 Million Bond “May” Alarm You

Meanwhile, the people at the SFMTA claim to be offering, “Excellent Transportation Choices.” And they ask the public for advice about MUNI can become “more perfect.”

Something’s gotta give here – I suppose we’ll find out next week…

Horrible SPUR Organization Supports the Billion Dollar “Prop A 2014,” But How Did “Prop A 2007″ Work Out?

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Work with me here, people.

Here’s what SPUR, San Francisco Planning and Urban Renewal, promised for Prop A 2007

“…the strengthening of the MTA’s independence, the included labor reforms, the infusion of cash and the mandate to address global warming all make this a very important reform of the Municipal Transportation Agency and a positive step toward the improvement of Muni service. SPUR recommends a “Yes” vote on Prop. A.

But here’s how things worked out IRL:

Muni’s mismanagement of Prop. A may hurt future funding tries by Will Reisman

Where the SFMTA’s Prop. A money has gone by Will Reisman

Now here we are in 2014. Here’s what SPUR, those horrible people behind Redevelopment, is saying about Prop A 2014:

“The city has done the hard work to gather stakeholders, assess needs and prioritize transportation expenditures.”

So, handing a blank check to the SFMTA for it to waste has something to do with “hard work?”

Really?

Hey SPUR, what about Prop A 2007? Weren’t you all wrong, so very wrong, about that?

So why would you expect Prop A 2014 to work out any better?

Compare SF (Most Expensive Parking Tickets in the Western Hemisphere) with Downtown San Mateo (50 Cent/Hr Parking Meters)

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Compare A with B, as seen in the City of San Mateo:

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But the SFMTA wants more more more, so it’s hatched a plan called Prop A, to raise your rent (literally) and/or take your propertah taxes to pay for, among other things, cost overruns on the entirely unnecessary pork-barrel project called the Central Subway.

Hey, speaking of which:

“During a pair of recent presentations at city political clubs, MTA commissioner Cheryl Brinkman, arguing on behalf of Prop. A, stated that a City Attorney’s opinion concluded that, when it comes to bond language, the terms “shall” and “may” are identical.

Huh.

Brinkman now says she’s not entirely sure what she said. Multiple witnesses are more certain: ‘She did say that!’ recalls Potrero Hill Democrats president Joni Eisen.”

So, what’s going on inside Cheryl Brinkman’s head when she says stuff like this? Is it a fugue state? Is it simple lying? Or maybe somebody lied to her? Or she’s under so much pressure to keep her “job,” but what does it pay, like $100 a month and a free FastPass? And she voted FOR charging people at parking meters on Sundays only to change her mind the next year when she voted AGAINST? Oh, so the SFMTA could instead get VLF money from taxpayers, except that plan got shelved right after she voted.

If she were fired from the SFMTA and then replaced with a spineless jellyfish, how would anyone notice, how would anyone be able to tell the diff?

Our Poor SFMTA Slows Down the Speed of Its Aspirations: “@MuniRapid” Handle Changed to “@MuniForward”

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

MUNI is many things, but the one thing America’s slowest big-city transit system is NOT is rapid.

So that’s why so many people LOL’ed / WTF’ed when they first discovered the Twitter handle “@MuniRapid.”

But now the SFMTA wants to take more of YOUR money* to pay for Prop A, so it’s gearing up for the big November 2014 election by showering the love upon its passengers. (IRL, MUNI is more concerned about MUNI employees almost all of the rest of the time.)

Anywho, here it is:

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Now isn’t that delicious?

You see, because now all MUNI operators have to do is select the right gear and simply creep FORWARD, at any speed – there will be no expectation of MUNI RAPID-ly getting its customers anywhere.

At least they’re being honest.

*Hey, maybe you’re cool with that, I don’t know. What percentage of your property taxes will go to pay for the almost one billion dollar Prop A? IDK. How much money will it add up to? Hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of dollars over the years? Oh what’s that, you’re a renter with rent control? Well, here comes your Prop A “pass-through” rent increase. How much could that be? Hundreds? Thousands? Thousands and thousands? IDK, maybe. Would it be better to fund MUNI’s mad-money Prop A fund by simply taxing every resident $1000, you know, including infants? IDK. What I do know is that horrible MUNI is not even promising any kind of reform in exchange for the extra money it wants from us. MUNI thinks it’s great, srsly. MUNI thinks it offers us, and I’m srsly, “EXCELLENT TRANSPORTATION CHOICES.” If you agree with that, then you should prolly vote Yes on A, the way SFGov wants you to…

 

Sunset District Update: DPW Paints a Special “STOP” Stencil in the Bike Lane at 17th and Kirkham – But the World Fails to Notice

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Photo of Kirkham St. at 17th Avenue – the tiny “STOP” stencil is a recent addition:

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And here’s an on-the-scene report to go with the image:

“Kirkham St.(Sunset District) has a bicycle lane with very few riders. All summer DPW was working on the part of Kirkham St east of 19th Avenue.

When DPW finished at the end of August 2014, they repaved the street, re-striped the lanes, put back the pedestrian islands.

The large STOP painted on the road for vehicle drivers didn’t mean much for bicyclists. They run thru intersections all the time. Now DPW painted a Stop sign in the bicycle lane!

The special Stop for bicyclists hasn’t made any difference. They still blast thru intersections on Kirkham St. and ignore their personal stop sign.”

I don’t know, if I were putting a bike lane on Kirkham, I’d prolly prevent cars from parking so close to the crosswalk. (In “sustainable streets” parlance, this is called “daylighting” an intersection, but I don’t actually know the normal term for maintaining sight lines at intersections so that peds may be seen.)

We’ll just have to wait and see how many people use these new lanes….

“I Heart My Car,” as Seen on Masonic

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Uh oh, the let’s-raise-your-rent* / let’s-spend-property-taxes-on-mismanaged-MUNI initiative known as Prop A is in twubble.

Big twubble.

Prop A is a gonna lose, big-time.

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If only people hearted MUNI as much as their cars…

*Literally, like part of the property tax will get tacked on to your monthly rent, maybe, srsly

The SFMTA’s Rent-Raising “Yes on Prop A” Movement Fails to Take Off

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Check it

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So Prop A “will not raise taxes?” And yet, it will eat up a metric of tax money, right, something close to a billion dollars, right? So how does that work? Oh what’s that, SFMTA – you could explain this conundrum but you don’t want to because that would be off-message? OK fine. We’re talking about a billion dollars worth of taxes paid for by whom?

Mmmm…

Here’s the SFMTA / MUNI in Action – Or Rather, Lack of Action – A Bus Stop at Geary And Laguna

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Does this bus stop look well-designed to you?

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Not to me:

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If you think MUNI is great, then you should raise your rent (literally, your landlord just might tack on an extra monthly fee, a pass-through) by voting AYE to Prop A.

But if you think MUNI sucks, you should vote NO…

Mass Double Parking in the Western Addition: Cadillac, Mercedes, Mercedes, Lexus, Mercedes…

Friday, September 19th, 2014

On It Goes:

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Proof That SFGov Has a Sense of Humor: A Parking Ticket for Just $23?

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

This ticket was issued in July 2014. The officer wrote $26 but the actual fine was just $23.

It was for “parking on grass” except there wasn’t any actual grass parked upon, oh well.

Anyway, it’s obvious that Rec and Park hasn’t caught up with the SFMTA in the ticket price inflation competition:

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Why isn’t this ticket $123 or $223?

And why does the SFMTA, operators of the worst big city transit agency in America, have the highest parking ticket prices in America?

Oh well.

Anyway, if you want a parking violation that you can laugh off as you’re paying it off, this is the one for you