I could do without the “only” part, frankly.
What’s that, it costs $10 to make a Sunday paper and get it to you, the Reader? Yeah, maybe, something like that.
But even so, I could do without the “only” part.
How much is a gallon of gasoline at the Fell Street ARCO station right now? $2.99
And how about the rest of America? Well, some places are at $1.99 and there are more coming soon.
Hey, remember when the SFMTA used to talk about how people should take MUNI because a one-way fare was less than a gallon of gas? I do. Not too forward-looking, huh?
And remember this ad campaign, to teach stupid car drivers about how gasoline actually costs money?
The SFMTA has stated that increasing gasoline prices are a reason to take MUNI, so, conversely, would falling gasoline prices be a reason to NOT take MUNI?
Think on that.
IMO, the SFMTA needs to deal with its numerous problems honestly.
IMO, the SFMTA isn’t even coming close to doing this.
IMO, the SFMTA isn’t even close to offering, in its words, EXCELLENT TRANSPORTATION CHOICES.
IMO, MUNI’s service is worse than a quarter-century ago, despite the dramatic growth in its budget and its fare prices.
So, real gas prices are historically low and the SFMTA’s prices are historically high.
As seen by photographer James Corrigan at a South San Francisco Costco yesterday, November 16th, 2014:
Granted, this is a membership-only warehouse so I guess you’d have to factor in the $55 annual membership, but prices are dropping like a stone lately – it’s only a matter of time before you’ll be able to purchase sub $3 gas in San Francisco proper…
I remember the first time I spent $20 to fill up a gas tank. It was for an Audi 5000 in Hawaii in the 1990’s.
And I remember the first time I spent $100 to fill a gas tank. It was for a Toyota Land Cruiser in Marin County in the 2000’s (by that, I mean The Aughts).
Now here’s present day SF, at the infamous Fell Street ARCO:
Now I’ll tell you, my Nana, who just had stomach surgery Back East, so she’s been slowed down a bit, well, she just told me about paying 30 cents per gallon for gasoline something like 60 years ago, back in ’54. Adjust that for inflation and that works out to two-something dollars a gallon, right?
And back then, America was a poorer country, right?
And back then, you couldn’t buy no hybrid cars to get super-high mileage, right?
Obviously, changes are afoot. Obviously. But the Peak Oil crowd (the latest gathering was circa 2007 or so) has been proven wrong, once again – it’s like clockwork, since the 1800’s.
Here it is. I suppose it actually has a couple of rear seats in the back but they’re for like your purse or a dog or something. In mitigation, these rides come with gull-wing doors, just like a Mercedes!
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Say, is this ride going to attract a certain “type” of person? You bet, you’ll see.
And say, should the U.S. or CA government subsidize the sale of these cars? Absolutely not.
That is all.
What’ll happen is that your SFMTA-licensed hack will ask you where you’re going before you can get in. Then s/he might quote you a flat fee of like $40 to take you to your destination. This is what happens every new years on the mean streets of San Francisco.
FYI, this is called Failure to Convey. Check it:
“Driver Duties During Shift. (1) A Driver shall not refuse, or direct or permit the refusal, of prospective passengers in any place within the City for transportation to any other place in the City, or to or from the San Francisco International Airport, or to the Oakland International Airport, or Paratransit passengers within the Paratransit Program service area, at rates authorized by law, if the prospective passengers present themselves for transportation in a clean, coherent, safe and orderly manner and for a lawful purpose and the Driver has sufficient time before the end of his or her shift.”
So my advice would be to get in to get your ride and then deal with the fare at your destination. I mean, your fare is based on time and distance plus any bridge tolls or airport fees, that’s it.
This rule of course doesn’t apply to illegal taxis or town cars or Lyft or UberX or others similar.- it just applies to SF taxis.
Like this ride, DeSoto Deuce Triple One (2111). It’s a genuine SF taxi. (It’s shown here on the day it killed two passengers coming up the 101 from SFO, but oh well.)
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What I’m saying is that I knows my rights and you should know your rights as well. I’ve always gotten my way with cabbies, meaning, I always get to where I’m going and I never pay a cabbie-inflicted surcharge.
Happy New Year!
Here’s the latest from our San Francisco Ballet. If you think you might want to go this year, the time to buy is now. It’s not like you’re going to have a bunch of empty seats around you come December, so just get your ticks and put it in your calendar and you’re good to go.
All the deets:
“Don’t Miss Your Last Chance to Purchase Nutcracker Tickets at the Best Prices of the Season!
Tickets are going fast for SF Ballet’s spectacular production of Nutcracker! Current prices are guaranteed only through September 30, so dont miss your chance to enjoy the best seats at the very best prices of the season.
SF Ballet’s Nutcracker is an unforgettable holiday experience for all ages, featuring exquisite costumes and scenery, breathtaking effects, and spectacular dance by one of the world’s premier companies. Join us as the lights dim, the curtain rises, and the wonder of the holiday season comes to life in Nutcracker: a uniquely San Francisco tradition.
Order now before prices increase Oct 1!
Make Nutcracker a special occasion!
From our VIP Box Experience with an elegant reception, to Family Performances with special gifts for the first 500 children and complimentary treats at intermission, SF Ballet offers a variety of special performances to make Nutcracker an unforgettable experience.Learn more here!
Visit sfballet.org/nutcracker for a full schedule of Nutcracker performances and events.
Uh, to make more money?
So that means you’ll need to pay double to avoid getting blackballed by SideCar’s drivers.
Of course, if a trained and licensed San Francisco taxi driver charges you double a during busy time, that’s a misdemeanor.
But if a SideCar driver jacks up rates on NYE, that’s called bidness.
Hey, Gentle Reader! Why not check in on SideCar’s “amazing year,” below? You’ll be able to see if any mention is made of CPUC case #PSG-3360, you know, that whole “cease and desist” thing.
If only this woman on Market had a SideCar sign instead of a TAXI sign:
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2012 has been an amazing year:
To ring in 2013, plenty of drivers in our community have told us that they plan to get behind the wheel on New Year’s Eve so that you can hit the town safely without having to worry about driving. <3 To thank them, we decided to do them a huge favor:
For New Year’s Eve only – and in The San Francisco Bay Area Only – from 5pm-5am, as a way of saying thanks to those driving on NYE, we are going to suggest double the community average donation for each ride within the app. This means that a ride with a typical community average of $10 will say $20 on Monday night.
Here’s why we’re doing this:
Of course, with SideCar what you donate is always up to you, and the community average is just there to help you decide. We just feel that on a night like New Year’s a little extra for drivers wouldn’t hurt. We hope you’ll feel the same way.”
Here’s the news:
“Reiskin said he’d like to develop a fare system that cuts down on the red tape and provides discounts for those who need them, and full-fare rates for those who don’t. Reiskin said the program ideally would be cost-neutral, with prosperous older riders paying increased fares and lower-income adults paying less.”
Now of course MUNI wants more money money money all the time time time.
So of course, you could concoct a scheme that would be cost-neutral, at first, anyway.
But that wouldn’t be the point of the exercise.
The point of the exercise would be to raise revenue for MUNI by subsequently raising fares for the average rider.
So, step one is to change the fare structure to make step two viable.
Step two is to raise fares.
I see what you’re doing there, MUNI.
Well, myself, I’m through with the two-step.
Yet another car on Market Street* delaying MUNI:
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*The only way the driver of the white wagon could have been at fault in this collision was if she had raced passed the orange streetcar by illegally driving the wrong way on the wrong side of Market.