Posts Tagged ‘operator’

Passive-Aggressive #5 Fulton Driver Purposefully Blocks Bike Rider, for Some Reason – An Unsmooth Operator

Friday, September 16th, 2016

So maybe this bus driver thought this bike rider should have held back and not try to enter the two feet of space betwixt the moving bus and the parked cars on the right as the bus rolled its way to the Financh So the driver turned to the right and stopped, with the nose of the bus right next to a parked car, forcing the rider to pass on the left, as seen:


I’ve never seen this kind of purposeful blocking. Perhaps the driver was teaching a lesson about the wisdom of entering what was (admittedly) a tight space. That’s prolly the most optimistic interpretation.

Or perhaps this MUNI operator was having Yet Another Bad Day and this is some kind of portent.

IDK, man. A bus isn’t a toy, right SFMTA?

Four Choices Here on Market Street – How Would You Handle This Parked Bus?

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

You can:

1. Go to the right, as shown, but sometimes there’s not enough room to do so.

2. Go to the left, but sometimes there’s not enough room to do so.

3. Go into the left lane, but there’s a huge wheel-swallowing gap in the road for the huge metal BART/MUNI subway grate, and if you fall down and get run over by a streetcar, a member of the SFPD just might say you weren’t riding “in the bike lane.”

4. Line up behind the stalled bus like you’re a car driver, for 10 to 150 seconds.

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I’ve done all four.

(I understand about where the BART entrances are placed, but I’d widen some lanes here in some places, at the expense of the (sorry, “urbanists”) overly wide sidewalks of Market Street…)

Choose or lose.

Yet Another MUNI Operator Who Looks TOTALLY PISSED OFF About Facebook Bus Drivers Violating Our SFMTA’s Shuttle Pilot Rule

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Well, I’ll pay this headline off right now – Dude in the MUNI bus was giving this Teamster a WTF TO THAT side-glance stare:

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MUNI Bro looks pissed, huh? Well, guess what, he was pissed. Why? Because a Facebook Bus driver, part of our vaunted SFMTA’s vaunted Corporate Shuttle Bus Pilot Program, was, once again, “staging” in a MUNI stop. To review, FB can pickup and drop off here, but it can’t do anything else here.

Now the FB driver might have felt that any #21 Hayeses coming along could have stopped behind the white FB bus, but the MUNI driver felt a duty to make sure all the students he was offloading could do so safely – there were a lot and, of course, the MUNI operator knows this since he knows who gets off where when there are so many students aboard at this time of day:

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Anyway, it don’t matter because the MUNI bus would have ended up blocking the next green on Masonic and also, the Pilot’s rules specifically bar Pilot buses from hanging out at MUNI stops. The SFMTA will let you drive around all day to kill time and it will let you stage anywhere else in Frisco, but NOT NOT NOT in a MUNI stop. Sry.

Here’s the dorsal view, you know, just hanging out no big deal:

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And here’s the rear view – I’m surprised to see the mandated SFMTA sticker (it’s sort of there, I suppose) actually, based upon my observations just walking about:

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Just another day in paradise…

Here’s Why People at This Train Station in Japan Don’t Fall / Get Pushed Onto the Tracks – Could MUNI / BART Afford This?

Friday, January 8th, 2016

Here’s how things look in Japan in 2016 at a nothingburger, random train station:

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What do you call these, pocket doors?

Hey BART! Are you up to speed on this?

Imagine installing these automatic safety doors at just one station, like at Powell. It would be an implementation nightmare, just saying.

(OTOH, those cool-looking exposed bulb chandeliers, well putting those into a BART would be a snap…)

Anyway, hop to it BART/MUNI – get on this, like stat.

Our SFMTA “Blocks The Box” – Hey MUNI, Don’t Block The Box – Hey SFMTA, Let’s Teach You How to Not Block The Box

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

This was the scene about halfway through the green phase for traffic to head north from 3rd Street across Market. The MUNI artic got stuck due to peds crossing Market on the east side of the intersection:

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Is this against CA law? Yes. Should the MUNI operator have gotten a ticket? Yes.

Is the SFMTA perfect the way it (apparently) thinks it is? No. And should MUNI operators have better training and a robust carrot and stick program to encourage better behavior? Yes.

Presenting the Coolest “Segway Personal Transporter” Owner-Operator in San Francisco – Playing Tunes, Carrying a Dog

Monday, June 9th, 2014

All the Segway people in town seem to have a look, but this guy wins the prize:

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Uh, Actually 311 Operator, I’m NOT Your Customer – Fixing the Gaping Hole of Fell Street

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Called 311 for the first time yesterday to see about getting DPW to find a metal grate that’s going to stay put atop this hole at Fell and Masonic.

Somehow, I’m 311’s “customer” instead of just a Samaritan trying to help San Francisco govmint to its job better.

This thing is more than a foot wide – a touch dangerous, I thought:

Who had the idea to start calling taxpayers customers?

Maybe this is part of the problem?

Anyway, they wanted my phone number.

How 311 having my digits would help DPW I know not…

(Hey is there some button to push so you can talk to the 311 operator right away instead of listening to their canned spiel? I know not. Oh well.)

The Lonely Life of a Crane Operator Ten Stories Above Polk Street – Building a New SFPUC Building One Load at a Time

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

This top-slewing tower crane is all it takes to move the stuff necessary to build 525 Golden Gate Avenue, your new SF PUC building.

But the poor operator has nobody to talk with on the job.

Oh well

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For all you do, this Bud’s for you…

Finally, Tower Crane Replaces Coronet Theatre. Soon, Senior Housing on Geary

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Famed five-star Yelp-rated Coronet Theatre at 3575 Geary near Palm Avenue in the Inner Richmond district done closed down with a final showing of Million Dollar Baby on March 17, 2005. Did people camp out for ages to be first in line for a Star Wars movie premier back in the day? Oh yes. But that’s all history now.

These days, straight-out-of-Hayward Peck and Hiller is laying concrete For The Future, which will take form of a building from the Institute on Aging for housing seniors. We shall take a look-see, non?

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Let’s take a peek up there at The Toughest Job You’ll Ever Love. This tower crane operator sits and stands to make everything work.

Rebar sailing above Geary Boulevard. Mind the spilled motor oil

Burly construction workers are on hand to protect the Porta-Potties from the One Who Shant Be Named:

And here’s what it will all look like, if you can see past the chain link and graffiti:

It’s too bad we lost the Coronet, but just try filling a 1300-seat one-screen theater in this Day and Age.

Get ready for the Inner Richmond, seniors!

And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Coronet, Coronet the Great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all bay areans have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her projection, and the kings of Hollywood have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the Earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.