Posts Tagged ‘SFMTA’

Where is This Limousine Supposed to Offload Passengers in Front of Our State Building on Golden Gate

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Yes, that black Lincoln SUV thing is a stretched limo. It stopped in the new bike lane, as you can see.

Some in town would want the driver to double park far to the left in the slow lane so as to not block the now-sacrosanct new bike lane. Now I think that would be illegal, as is of course what the driver has done here:

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So after all that, my question remains Where is This Limousine Supposed to Offload Passengers in Front of Our State Building on Golden Gate? I’m not really seeing any real legal options here. So parking as far to the right as practical seems like the least bad choice…

How to Break Into a Frisco Parking Meter – One Simple Trick!

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Consider this a failed attempt:

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An SFPD Crackdown on Drivers in Haight-Ashbury, Lately

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

You never used to see this, regular SFPD patrol cars enforcing traffic laws. Typically, the Motor Patrol (motorcycles) would get you – they’d enforce traffic all the live long day. And if you got a ticket from a regular patrol car, well, you must have really messed up.

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But these are the days of enforcement actions, where the focus is on traffic patrol.

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Hey, does Park Station sometimes go a month or two not handing out a single solitary ticket to a pedestrian or bike rider? Yes, yes it does. Look at their stats. It seems that, in the interest of safety, the SFPD should have those groups ascared of getting a ticket as well. But no, zero enforcement, at least during some months, means zero risk of getting a ticket in the area* and that’s why about half of the ped vs. driver and bike vs. driver accidents in Frisco are the fault of the driver, and the other half not.**

*It varies by station, of course, but the whole city is like this, with bad-attitudes peds all over.

**And this fact is so politically charged that we the public no longer get to hear about the fault of deadly accidents about town. I think that disclosure ended in calendar 2014. These days the focus is upon “mistakes” made by all concerned, but that’s not a safety approach, that’s a political approach. So hearing a non-engineer*** mayoral (politics!) appointee (politics!) talking about his safety organization is a bit a joke, some feel.

***Not a necessity, but it’d be nice.

Seems Reno is Ahead of Frisco, Transit-wise

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

But IDK. I’m pretty sure that Reno, NV doesn’t have dozens of public employees whose sole job is to say how great the local transit system is, the way our local SFMTA SFCTA is set up.

Anyway, there’s this:

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And this, which looks like a BRT system:

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I guess what I’m saying is that it appears that Reno’s transit system is run for Reno, as opposed to the employees of its transit system…

Bridge Over the River Geary: Despised by Our SFCTA, Yet Beloved By Its Numerous Users

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Hey, how many times do you think our SFCTA could possibly insult this pedestrian bridge over Geary at Webster in just one report? Well, 23 times,* by my count. Earlier, it seemed that the destruction of this bridge was vital for the success of the Geary BRT scheme, yet the SFCTA caved and now the bridge has a new lease on life, Geary BRT or no.

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On It Goes…

*Mostly having to do with the ADA, but lots of things are grandfathered in, as the SFCTA well knows.

Speaking of the SFMTA and JFK Drive, Who’s More Distracted Here, This PCO or This UBER Driver?

Monday, December 19th, 2016

This is how we live, in 2016:

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You think these ppl were just parked, checking the Facebook? Nope, they were driving at about 20 MPH inbound on JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park. That’s why the hands are on the steering wheels and the phones are held up high.

Hey, do UBER drivers go about with handicap placards hanging from the rear view? Yes, some do.

Anyway, here’s the PCO again. How much time pressure is this person under if she’s fiddling with her ticketing assistance device whilst driving?

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What’s that, SFMTA – you don’t have quotas, but your employees act as if they do? Sure seems that way…

How Many Tickets Does the SFMTA Issue to Its Own Drivers?

Friday, December 16th, 2016

How about zero?

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It’s just a cultural thing. Since the SFMTA is primarily driven by what’s best for SFMTA employees, it would take a lot of outside of the box thinking for an SFMTA ticket giver to give a ticket to a fellow SFMTA employee.

Even though SFMTA employees do sometimes park where they shouldn’t, right?

Am I saying it’s easy to drive around an 18 meter bus on the streets of San Francisco? No, not at all. What I’m saying is that the SFMTA isn’t as perfect as it thinks it is. Another way of saying this is “MUNI sucks,” which is always a proper starting point when considering SFMTA issues.

And if our SFMTA is pushing for automated enforcement of speeding laws, why doesn’t it start with itself and its employees first? It could do this right now without any changes in state law. (Oh, and maybe a little back and forth with a union or two.) Just saying…

It Takes a Village (of SFMTA PCOs to Monitor Just One Intersection During the Evening Drive)

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Consider 1st and Market here:

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Sometimes they have four Parking Control Officers here, to do what, watch the lights turn green yellow red? Well actually I think they’re there to make sure frustrated commuters dont block the box of First and Market.

But I think just one could get the job done, srsly.

And consider that the pensions of these people are underfunded. Woefully so.

But who knows, maybe next time I’m out there, there’ll be 8 PCOs onsite and they’ll be doing twice as good a job…

Transit Not First: Bay Area Bike Share (aka “FORD GOBIKE”) Freely Double Parks on Market, Blocks MUNI Buses

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Let’s see here, oh, still an abysmal 2 star rating from Yelp. The Ford GoBike / BABS people could easily fix this situation by changing the wording of their marketing, BUT they don’t feel like it, Man, obvs.

Anyway, they’re still double parking their Mercedes Benzes on Market, and sometimes that causes problems for MUNI buses, as here near Second Street.

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Illegal turns off of Market too – are the GoBike people allowed to do that? IDK. IDTS.

And oh yes, bikes aren’t transit, sry. You could pass a law that says that bicycles have something to do with transit, just as you could write a law what says cats are dogs for the purposes of a Leash Law, but that wouldn’t actually make cats dogs, right?

And here’s the defense of GoBike, seemingly written by an employee. I’m not saying an employee wrote this, but this is how an employee/owner might look at things, FBOW:

I am finding out that many people have given poor reviews because they thought they could pull a fast one and take off with one of the shared bicycles for a whole day for a measly $9. I’ve sometimes told tourists on the Golden Gate bridge that they should think of returning their bikes before they ruin themselves (they tell me I’m wrong, that they rented the bike for 24 hours…). There are dozens of perfectly decent stores around North Beach that will rent them a bike for $40. Bay Area Bikeshare is being penalized because folks choose not to read the price list (which is printed in large characters) and they are not familiar with how every bike sharing system in the world works.

But I don’t think you can try to “pull a fast one” without being aware that you’re doing it, I’m srsly.

Oh BABS, will you ever win?

“IF ONLY” Bus Ad: What?

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

OK, I’ll bite.

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Oh.

No sale.

But WTF to this:

“Shakira’s gown from the “Get It Started” video: $3,000″

So you’re not selling an aging pop singer’s dress, you’re selling the experience of buying the aging pop singer’s dress?

And this:

“I encourage my friends to join nonprofit boards, collect art and buy great houses.”

Yes, don’t we all.