Posts Tagged ‘signs’
Help Break the SFMTA’s Secret Shuttle Bus Code: Send in Your Photos of the ID Numbers You See on All Those BusesWednesday, 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This older post from Nitasha Tiku of ValleyWag might be a bit out of date, as I know some of the codes listed there don’t match what I’ve been seeing IRL.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:
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).
Here’s the list:
1. Bauer’s IT
2. Sunset Development/Bishop Ranch
3. Black Tie Transportation
5. SFO Airporter
6. Royal Coach Tours
7. Lux Leasing
8. Storer Coachways
9. MV Transportation
10. LOOP Transportation
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.
It’s hard to see, but this curb on MLK is mostly red, so it looks like a towaway zone.
But the signs say forget all that and park for free for four hours:
Prolly the RPD or DPW or SFMTA or some sort of ALPHABET SOUP org should clean off the red / reddish paint but if you say anything about that, then they’ll start begging you for more, ever more money, oh well.
Also note the fresh broken glass on the sidewalk, oh well
Masonic is a crazy street with a crazy history. Like, 4 Masonic is more than 1000 feet away from 5 Masonic, for instance – what’s up with that? And on the other end of this street, up around the 1000 block, well, that’s where mayoral wives have lived, like Blanche Brown, you know, our First Lady up until ten years ago, the woman that most people in town weren’t aware of, and, more recently, Jennifer Newsom, who moved away to Marin just months after husband Gavin was hectoring families to NOT move to Marin County, oh well.
Anyway, there have been three pedestrian / cyclist deaths on Masonic* in recent memory, so that’s part of the reason why the SFMTA installed a pair of speedometers to tell drivers how fast they’re going.
The problem is that they don’t work very well.
Like here. Moments before, it was indicating 24 MPH, but then it jumped up to 32 MPH all of a sudden for no reason. All the cars were moving about the same pace uphill and there was no traffic traveling down the hill:
Speaking of which, the speedometer for traffic heading downhill is even less accurate. Sometimes it’s spot-on, sometimes it wildly optimistic, and other times it’s blank.
What’s the value in these speedometers if they don’t work?
Oh what’s that, MUNI / SFMTA? You don’t care, because you’ve moved on to other things?
*Two were due to very drunk drivers, who both kept on going (one ended up crashing into St. Mary’s and the other got busted near USF) and the other was due to a Trader Joe’s shopper jaywalking across Masonic north of Geary – this kind of jaywalking still happens hundreds of times a day even now.
SF’s Rec & Park Dept Has Eight Beefs Against You, The Public – Here are the New Signs in the Panhandle to Prove ItMonday, August 18th, 2014
Of course the taggers are having a field day with these new signs in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle.*
And look at the goofy colors (are they plum red and plum purple?) that don’t match anything else:
I suppose the big news here is the midnight closing time.** And I suppose the bit about “affixing items to trees” might have to do with the popularity of slacklining these days. And I suppose the reference to “service roads” has to do with the recent hit-and-run death involving an RPD maintenance worker.*** (Do people call up 311 to complain about workers driving on the “bike path?” People do, apparently.)
IMO, the GGP Panhandle is more of a commuter corridor than anything else, so it’s sort of funny to see RPD describe something like somebody taking a Diet Coke across Fell Street as “pack[ing] it in,” but anyway.
IMO, RPD is entirely too obsessed with the concerns of wealthy white homeowners (but that sort of make sense since RPD is basically run by wealthy white homeowners.)
IMO, RPD should have left the harmless Panhandle Bandshell where it was, near Oak and Clayton.
IMO, RPD should have been able to fix the slides at the Panhandle Playground by now, since they got damaged back in May, but oh well. An RPD spokesmodel said, months ago, that the slide assembly “now is undergoing repair” but that was months ago, so I’m forced to assume that that was yet another lie from the ineffectual and money-hungry RPD.
*Is the Panhandle part of Golden Gate Park? Well, is the Oklahoma Panhandle part of Oklahoma? Indeed it is, Gentle Reader.
**The signs put up earlier tell you what time the park is closed, so I suppose these new signs are more “welcoming.”
***The SFPD is free to drive wherever it wants, but I’d be super-nervous about driving my Crown Vic over an urban camper at night if I were a cop. And rear wheel drive grandpa cars aren’t really good on muddy grass anyway, as this photo shows:
I Don’t Care What They Say, Here’s the Real Star of SF’s “Terminator 5” Film Production (Code Name: “VISTA”)Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
This Chrysler product, having decals I’ve never seen before IRL, has something to do with the filming of Terminator 5 about San Francisco these days.
That’s my first point.
Does This Thing Have A Hemi? Yes, yes it does:
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Also, the code name for the production is VISTA, as you can see on the yellow sign.
That’s my final point.
Changes are Coming to Sunset Boulevard Monday: “NEW SIGNALS TO BE ACTIVATED 7/28/2014” – Near Wawona and YorbaFriday, July 25th, 2014
Here are what these signs look like on Sunset Boulevard way out there in the Parkside / Sunset part of outer San Francisco County:
After the recent deaths in this area, SFGov appears to be highly motivated to make changes.
The signage around here is still a fucking mess, but one assumes that some of the older signals that are there might now be coming down this weekend when the new signals get turned on.
Here’s the tunnel view heading north as it stands now – how many signs and lights and banners has SFGov put up for drivers to look at here? I’m counting about three dozen and, actually, drivers can see even more further to the left and right of this scene, including an SFPD vehicle seemingly permanently parked on Yorba specifically for you bad drivers to see and react to.
IMO, the modified pedestrian-activated HAWK light experiment, signals that would flash yellow but never actually go red to stop traffic, is a massive failure.
IMO, SFGov continues to expect waaaaaay too much from its drivers (particularly elderly drivers, particularly those who shouldn’t be driving anymore) and its pedestrians (particularly elderly pedestrians).