Posts Tagged ‘Muni’

A Protest at the Masonic Avenue “Streetscape” “Improvement” Project: “SAVE THIS SIDE STREET & PARKING SPACES”

Friday, June 16th, 2017

On It Goes…

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OUCH: The City of Portland Rips on Frisco’s 8.5% Sales Tax Rate in an SFMTA Bus Stop Ad

Friday, June 16th, 2017

See?

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I’ll freely concede that The dream of the 90s is alive in Portland, but Our Friends Up North should realize that anything anybody in Frisco buys in OR is subject to use tax just as soon as its taken back to the 415. The rate is 8.5%, just saying.

Anyway, Portland is biting us, yet again.

MUNI on MUNI: “Let the bad times roll.”

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Reader notes:

– This is a NEW FLYER XCELSIOR XDE40 HYBRID, which of course means it’s a Hybrid Diesel, but the SFMTA would prefer you to imagine that this bus don’t run on diesel. (You know, bad* memories.)

– The registration number matches that of the bus that went offroading in the Panhandle a few years back in an unfortunate accident** involving a driver having some kind of medical event.

Anyway, as promised, “MUNI – Let the bad times roll”

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*Not that long ago, our SFMTA had its own Cosco Busan: SAN FRANCISCO (November 2, 2009) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking action against the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency following federal violations of the Clean Water Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

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World’s Smallest Fat Bike – This Hefty “Rad Power Bikes RadMini” Folds, so Can It Go on MUNI?

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

IDK.

Anyway, here it is:

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THEORY: If a Corporation Illegally Markets on the Sidewalks of Frisco, It Will be Coerced Into Buying SFMTA MUNI Bus Ads

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

So here’s the theory. Say your marketing people go hog-wild with the chalk ads on the Streets of San Francisco, like this:

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So then somebody calls 311 or somebody else posts a photo on the Twitter and then an investigator at the City Attorney’s Office takes a look at things and then the people at Parlophone / Warner Bros. get a jingle and then somehow things get smoothed over by the Brothers Warner or somebody else making at buy at the SFMTA MUNI for some hastily-created and more or less useless ads such as:

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Cf. the Blue Wolf at a Dream Force about 1.5 years ago:

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And then these hastily-created and more or less useless ads started to appear:

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Just a theory, man.

And here’s the thing about chalk. You can’t scrub it off your car tires to avoid a citation and you can’t scuff into Frisco’s sidewalks, I’m srsly. What’s that, UBER, Microsoft, Verizon, et al, it’s “only temporary?” Well, yeah, sure, that’s what I’m talking about, it’s agin the rules, temporary or not.

Learn about all the horrible things people do with chalk about town right here – just keep on scrolling, next page etc

Outrageousness: New Extreme Sport Allows Euros to Skateboard Down Our Cable Car Tracks – Video – “Probably Illegal”

Monday, May 15th, 2017

[UPDATE: All the deets here, including the expected stern reaction from our generally-mismanaged SFMTA MUNI DPT.]

Here the video, de la Mecanique Populaire:

These Skaters Hacked Cobblestone Streets With Boards That Hook Into Tram Tracks – Their ingenious innovation created a new extreme sport.

And a few screengrabs. Any cable car bell ringing you might hear is an admonishment – “Hey Euro, stop that,” one imagines:

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What’s funny is that Dude has a big old handbrake for our extra steep Cable Car hills, but not anywhere else he has journeyed:

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Play us out, PM:

“Their innovation has spread around the world, to cities with tram tracks from San Francisco to Rio de Janeiro, creating a new extreme sport. Skating like this looks pretty dangerous, and we’d guess that hijacking tram tracks like this is also probably illegal. But it also looks like a whole lot of fun.”

Oh, here it is on YouTube: Cobblestone Riders

Seems a bit corporate

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjqrzakGTqwLpk_WtxQQXww

Frisco’s Funniest Parking Ticket – It’s Just $23 at a Time When $100 is About the Average

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Here’s how you’d get it. See the problem?

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It’s called “parking on the grass” (even if you’re merely parking on dirt due to all the others before you parking in the same place).

Now what’s funny is that the cost of this ticket (it was just $23 back in 2014, and the ticket giver thought it was $26 at that time, and who knows how much it is now, prolly still comically small) obviously hasn’t kept up with inflation, for some reason.

Why this ticket isn’t $300 is a mystery to me.

Anyway, parking on the curb should be A-OK, but this driver went a little too far…

(d) No person shall park any vehicle on any
lawn, or planted area, or unimproved area or on
any pedestrian or equestrian lane, or on any
access road or unpaved service road or firetrail
or in any manner so as to block access to or exit
from any service road or access road or firetrail,
or in any other place in the park where the rules
and regulations of the Recreation and Park Com-
mission prohibit vehicular parking, unless al-
lowed otherwise by permit; (more…)

Message to UBER / Lyft Drivers: Welcome to Frisco – Now Here’s the Right Way/Wrong Way to Drop People Off

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Frisco doesn’t have all that many freeways, have you noticed that yet? Instead we have substitutes like Fell / Oak and Bush / Pine – one way streets two or three or four lanes wide.

LIke this:

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But you wouldn’t just stop to let somebody off on a freeway, right? Why not pull in to a driveway instead, if you know it’s going to take a while? You see, it all depends on the situation. But the reason why people are honking at you is because you’re differing from the norms what have been established here. Sometimes double parking for a minute or two or more or a lot more is considered acceptable and sometimes its not. It’s a time / place / manner thing. Simply following Google Maps to an address and then stopping right out front on the road is sometimes not good is what I’m saying…

And now this, an UBER Lift driver who pulled into an alley to drop off, same day same place as above.

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This is very rare. The problem is that the driver then had to back out of here with an awkward three or five point turn and then try to get back on congested Laguna, which was particularly clogged up at this time. It would have been totally fine to unload during the 35 seconds or so that you’d be staring at a red light. In this case, you’re being far too polite.

So that’s it, lesson finished.

And you know, I don’t know how it’s going to end for you all. Relying on a constant stream of new people coming in reminds me of an Herbalife situation, which I don’t know how that’s going to work out either…

Anyway, the Rules Are Different Here is what I’m saying

Fulton Street Update: Massive 60-Foot SFMTA #5 Bus Can’t Fit Into SFMTA’s Slow Lanes

Friday, April 14th, 2017

You’d think our SFMTA would be able to match a bus to a street, but it can’t:

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Everything has a Website These Days: “Walk To Work Day 2017”

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Look at all those thin people! At least there’s one fat dude in there – I appreciate that.

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(This guy here used to walk to work, through the pre-Twitter Twitterloin – back when they called it the Tenderloin. If you tried to mug him, like on Golden Gate Ave, and people would, he’d give you a pugilistic beat down, with a quickness. Quite proud of this he was.)

But I’m not saying don’t walk. You go right ahead. Walk on any day you want. Knock yourself out…