Posts Tagged ‘pilot’

Is Bauer’s Limousine Back on the Road with the Corporate Shuttle Program? It’s Hard to Tell

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

There was this news a few months back of course.

And this is what they’re rolling these days:

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Is this an old shuttle ID? I think so. But them diesels engines, them BLUETEC “clean” diesels, well, they run a bit hot, so that’s why decal is falling apart?

If this is the old ID, why not just take it off?

Look Where Facebook Buses are “Staging” Now – On JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

The first I’ve seen this – parked in Tour Bus Only near the Conservatory of Flowers:

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I don’t know where Zuck is supposed to park his interstate buses, but it’s not here…

Troubled ICON Aircraft Company Sends a Seaplane to Buzz Frisco – But Layoffs Up in Vacaville – A T-Tailed Doctor Killer?

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Paying off on the headline:

1. An Icon A5 seaplane as seen yesterday from the Embarcadero, presumably on yet another media joyride. Kind of sounded like an old Subaru.

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2. This year’s big news from ICON, which has an actual aircraft factory up in Vaca [cow] ville [town].

3. And I just don’t know about the kind of person who’d be attracted to flying these planes. I’ll tell you, waybackwhen, the “fork-tailed doctor killer” certainly looked bad-ass, but it appealed to people who prolly shouldn’t have been flying, oh well. Will Icon eventually sell a bunch of planes to people who, similarly, aren’t really / shouldn’t be pilots? IDK.

Not saying it’s not fun to fly about in a tiny seaplane…

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…

Notice of Meeting to Enshrine the “SFMTA COMMUTER SHUTTLE PROGRAM” – Nov. 17th, 2015 – List of All the Permanent Corporate Bus Stops

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Donna pilota – she is over, after 18 months.

So now comes time to make things permanent – here are the affected intersections:

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I expected to see a few places that I didn’t on this list, for whatever reason.

Here’s the link to the official SFMTA posting – you can use it until the SFMTA rejiggers its site, and after that the Wayback Machine should help you.

Here is The Future:

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NEWS TO ME: Our SFMTA is Going to Shut Down Powell Street to Cars South of Geary Next Year? – War Against Uber Lyft

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Hey, you know how pissed off our slow, inefficient, politics-addled, ideologically-driven SFMTA is at Uber and Lyft and all the rest? EXTREMELY! So our SFMTA is doing all it can to reign in and profit from the Uber Lyft. But until our SFMTA can rope those cash cows, it’s going to fence off parts of Frisco to Uber Lyft as much as possible. Our SFMTA is going to do whatever it can to Fuck With Uber until Uber Pays The Man. I’m srsly.

And our SFMTA will do it in the Name Of Safety, as always.

Anyway, here are all the deets on the changes (you can’t really call them improvements until they’re done and then you can see if they’re actually improvements, right?) coming to the PoBeGa, Powell Below Geary.

(Speaking of which, I call the lower end of Powell “Audi Avenue” because, well, it’s Audi Avenue.)

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Powell St Safety and Sidewalk Improvement Pilot

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Join us at an open house to learn about safety and sidewalk improvements proposed for Powell Street!

The Powell Street Safety and Sidewalk Improvement Pilot will test the effectiveness of vehicle restrictions on transit delay, traffic volumes, loading patterns, and cable wear and tear. It would prohibit all vehicles except Muni, taxis, and commercial vehicles from driving on Powell Street between Ellis and Geary Streets. Stop by to learn more!

Thursday, October 8th, 2015 from 12:30 – 2 PM
The Handlery Hotel (351 Geary Street)

This open house is being hosted by the Union Square BID.

For more information about the pilot visit the project webpage.”

WIRED Goes Bonkers for Clicks, Revives Wacky Conjecture to Make Money: “This Is Still Our Best Theory For MH370”

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Here it is, after the recent discovery in Africa:

This Is Still Our Best Theory For MH370

And here’s the theory, posted and discredited in 2014:

A STARTLINGLY SIMPLE THEORY ABOUT THE MISSING MALAYSIA AIRLINES JET

IDK, if you want a “simple theory” about MH370, how about ones like:

Terrorism

Suicide

Insurance scam

Instead, we get stuff like this:

The pilot did all the right things. He was confronted by some major event onboard that made him make an immediate turn to the closest, safest airport.

Yes, pilots have access to oxygen masks, but this is a no-no with fire.

Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah was a hero struggling with an impossible situation trying to get that plane to Langkawi. There is no doubt in my mind.

Search for the writer’s name if you want some debunking – it’s not hard to find.

So WIRED, just because you have some deal with the writer from last year re: a post that went viral, doesn’t mean that what the writer wrote is correct or even possible.

Yes, you got a lot of clicks, but this pro-pilot propaganda effort from a pilot is in no way “our” best theory.

SF Paratransit Vans Now [DO NOT] Have the Name of the Driver on the Side, As If They Were Fighter Jets?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

[UPDATE: Hoo boy, I’ve just discovered the red circles on the sides of these vans are to honor those “who helped make paratransit possible” – see Comments. My bad. But seriously, I thought regular drivers had their names stamped on the side to give them more pride in work, to encourage them to drive and park more safely. (Of course, I still think that’s a good idea, even if the drivers wouldn’t like it…)]

Well, this kind of thing should be mandatory for Toyota Prius drivers:

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And Interim Mayor Ed Lee’s Chevy Volt should have this too, the better to spot when it’s double parked.

If I were a driver, I’d ask for a radio call sign like Maverick, Goose, or Jester…

Whoa: Asiana Airlines Flights To and From SFO “Likely” to be Suspended for as much as Four Months – Punishment for Flight 214

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

From San Francisco-based military writer Kyle Mizokami comes word of a plan to temporarily suspend Asiana Airlines flights between Incheon International Airport (ICN) and SFO:

Asiana Faces Suspension of San Francisco Flights

“Under the plan, the ministry will ask Korean Air to use larger aircraft on the Incheon-San Francisco route to increase the number of seats, bring in chartered planes, or channel passengers on transit routes. A senior ministry official recently visited concerned lawmakers at the National Assembly to brief them on the plan.”

Does this seem real to you? It seems real to me. Or perhaps elements of the Republic of Korea are trying to scare Asiana straight after the Flight 214 disaster?

Korean Air currently uses Boeing 747 and 777 aircraft on this route – might it be tough for it to expand capacity just for a few months? IDK. I can’t think of too many options for KA to use planes larger than these, excepting for one or two of their ten newish double-decker superjumbo Airbus A380’s, but it’s not like those aircraft are just sitting around waiting to be used this way.

This suspension idea doesn’t make sense to me – I suppose we’ll find out tonight…

[UPDATE: Well, a 45 suspension just got handed down, but Asiana wants to appeal the decision.]

Help Break the SFMTA’s Secret Shuttle Bus Code: Send in Your Photos of the ID Numbers You See on All Those Buses

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

This older post from Nitasha Tiku of ValleyWag might be a bit out of date, as I know some of the codes listed there don’t match what I’ve been seeing IRL.

This is what I’m talking about here:

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So, “Loop Transportation Inc” uses SFMTA code “07” – are there other names for this outfit? I know not. Anyway, they have at least 74 vehicles, one assumes (based upon observations).

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Here’s the list:

1. Bauer’s IT
2. Sunset Development/Bishop Ranch
3. Black Tie Transportation
4. WeDriveU
5. SFO Airporter
6. Royal Coach Tours
7. Lux Leasing
8. Storer Coachways
9. MV Transportation
10. LOOP Transportation
11. Corinthian

So if you see a bus that has a different code than what you see here, take a photo and send it in to the email address you see on the top of this blog. Or really, I don’t need a photo, I just need to know the Pilot Program ID number and then the “Operated By” info on the side of the ride.

Then I’ll look into things and then post an updated list complete with the highest bus number observed and then I’ll post it for tout le monde to see. (I don’t know why the SFMTA considers this info so supr secrt but it does.)

And of course, if you have some big beef against some bus, what you’re supposed to do is call 311 and then tell them the five-digit code so they can take action, if necessary. That’s the system, baby.