The range of dese boids has increased a lot since I first saw them on the Filbert Steps some 11 years ago:
Speaking of which, they still hang out there, but they aren’t as approachable as back in the day:
Here’s the background and here’s what the first day of terminal operation looked like yesterday:
I didn’t see it in operation, but I did see a Nest* (wherever that is) Bus heading away from this area this AM so maybe this 116 feet will be a nest for Nest, and others. Who uses this terminal is a secret, kept by our incompetent SFMTA, for some reason.
I think all these pissed-off people would have needed the relevant city Supervisor to go to bat for them against the SFMTA. I suppose that didn’t happen.
(I’ll tell you, one block away on Hayes, there’s a bus stop for the #21 what’s nine (9) seconds away from another bus stop for the same line. Our weak-willed SFMTA wanted to get rid of one of the stops but a while back but a local bidness owner hired on craigslist to get a “grass-roots” campaign going to sway our swayable Supervisor London Breed. So that’s democracy in action, or not, depending on how you look at it.)
Anyway, the signs say that all this will expire on May 27th, 2016, so we’ll just have to wait and see what the SFMTA wants to do next. Perhaps they’ll install permanent signs soon, IDK…
*Yeah, I need me an expensive Nest thermostat for my 100 year old radiators – I’m sure that would work out real good.
I’ve said my piece here.
These numerous street closures are the most extensive yet, IIRC.
And now, on with the show. See you Wednesday!
*** PRESS RELEASE ***
Board President London Breed and City Departments Unveil Plans to Address “4/20” Activities in Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury
SAN FRANCISCO – Board President London Breed and City officials today announced plans to mitigate potential issues related to festivities on April 20, 2016. Supervisor Breed, who represents a portion Golden Gate Park and affected neighborhoods, issued the following statement:
“It’s that time of year when nearly 15,000 visitors flood into Golden Gate Park and surrounding neighborhoods to celebrate the informal, unsanctioned “4/20” holiday.
Though we welcome celebrations and visitors all year round, some 4/20 festivities in the past have led to horrific traffic, overwhelmed residential streets, public urination, damage to public and private property, and strained police, Muni and park resources. And on the following day, 4/21, Recreation and Park staff and volunteers have had to laboriously collect over 10,000 pounds of litter left in the parks.
In 2013, I was determined to do something about these impacts to our neighborhoods, and every year since, have worked with City departments to create a comprehensive approach to dealing with these issues. As a result, we’ve seen decreased street congestion, increased services and an overall safer day. This is our third year putting together a plan and I am pleased to say we have collectively improved on this process year after year.
To be clear, there is no sponsor for “4/20”, and therefore no fiscal organizer to hold accountable. But as a City who welcomes visitors from all over the world, we need to do everything possible to ensure a safe, peaceful April 20th for both visitors and residents. Our goal is to ensure public safety, and as such, there will be no tolerance for visitors who are using “4/20” as an excuse to damage our parks and neighborhoods.
In attendance were Captain John Sanford of Park Police Station, Chief Mike Celeste of Recreation and Parks, Chief Probation Officer Allen Nance, Rachel Gordon of the Department of Public Works, Battalion Chief Victor Wyrsch of the Fire Department and Camron Samii and Ed Cobean from the Municipal Transportation Agency.
City departments worked together put the following measures in place for April 20, 2016:
Increased Police and Juvenile Probation Officer Presence: There will be uniformed and plain clothes officers surrounding Golden Gate Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Park Rangers will also be in full force, ensuring safety within the park.
Traffic Control Officers and Parking Control Officers: There will be Parking Control Officers ticketing and towing vehicles that are illegally parked in residential and commercial corridors (i.e. blocking driveways) and Traffic Control Officers enforcing street closures and facilitating the flow of traffic.
Zero Tolerance for Unpermitted Booths and Concessions: Commercial, unpermitted concessions will not be allowed in Golden Gate Park or surrounding public spaces.
Litter abatement and bathroom facilities: DPW will temporarily install portable bathroom facilities on Waller & Stanyan for public use. Recreation and Parks will put out temporary trash, recycling and compost receptacles throughout the park. Recreation and Parks staff and volunteers will do a sweep of the park in the late afternoon and the following morning. Neighborhood organizations like Taking it to the Streets have also signed to do clean up the following day.
Street Closures & Muni re-routes:
San Francisco Police Department will enforce the following street closures beginning at 10 a.m.:
Haight, Page and Waller streets between Masonic and Stanyan streets
Stanyan Street between Frederick and Oak streets
Shrader Street between Beulah and Waller streets
Oak and Waller streets at Ashbury, Clayton, Shrader, Cole and Belvedere streets
Frederick Street at Shrader Street
Beulah Street at Shrader and Cole street
During the time of street closures, no traffic will be allowed with an exception of Muni buses. Personnel from SFPD may decide additional street closures as crowds grow for public safety.
Beginning at approximately 3 p.m., the following Muni lines and routes will be affected:
N Judah, NX N Express, 6 Parnassus, 7 Haight/Noriega, 7R Haight/Noriega Rapid, 33 Ashbury/18th, 37 Corbett, 43 Masonic
I don’t know how the SFMTA’s big meeting on March 18th, 2016 ended up, but this was the scene aforehand, on Fell near Masonic:
There were multiple three-page flyers everywhere:
What the Facebook Teamsters wanted last year was their own terminal in the 94117, so they wouldn’t have to sit around idling, and I’m srsly, in the slow lane of outbound/southbound Masonic (betwixt Fell and Oak, you know, the one that MUNI buses use all the time) OR in the MUNI stop at Hayes and Masonic (as they’ve been doing every working day, including this morning at 6:43 AM). It looks like they’re getting what they want. Enough space for two buses.
And I call it a terminal since there’s now nothing to prevent the Teamsters from staging in their own dedicated bus stop, AFAICS…
Our incompetent SFMTA* has been sending out postcards that look like this:
So in this case, Hayes won’t have the same old load of corporate buses because Fell Street will be picking up the slack.
Here’s what Hayes looks like these days, sometimes – there’s conflict betwixt MUNI operators in MUNI buses and the Teamsters in the Facebook Buses, who know staging (sitting around) is against the rules but they do it anyway because They Just Don’t Care:
(It’s hard to tell without expanding the photo, but the MUNI bus driver was glaring at the idled Teamster. I’ll tell you, Bro was pissed at the big FB bus, that’s for sure.)
Anyway, forget all that, cause this is what’s coming:
So, using the same example, we’ll say good-bye to parking on the first 116 feet of the north side of Fell past Masonic:
“ESTABLISH – TOW AWAY NO STOPPING PERMITTED COMMUTER SHUTTLE BUS ZONE, 6 AM TO 10 AM AND 4PM TO 8PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
Fell Street north side, from Masonic Street to 116 feet westerly (restricts parking at 3 residential permit parking spaces)”
You can look forward to seeing Facebook buses sitting in front of these buildings, especially in the AM:
Basically, these new stops will turn into bus terminals, ’cause the drivers will end up simply parking here on Fell the same way they routinely (and improperly) do so at the outbound #21 Hayes stop one block north. Maybe even non-driving Facebook “starters” will come back, like last year when they hung out across the street closer to Oak.
“PUBLIC HEARING FOR PROPOSED PARKING & TRAFFIC CHANGES
Pursuant to SFMTA Order No. 5550 adopted March 4, 2016, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will hold a public hearing to solicit public input on the following proposed changes. The hearing will be held as follows:
Date/Time: Friday, March 18, at 10:00 am
Location: Room 416 (Hearing Room 4), City Hall, San Francisco (located on Van Ness Avenue between McAllister and Grove Streets)”
All the deets at the official link above, and after the jump.
*Our SFMTA is the operator of MUNI – case closed.
Oh Facebook, Facebook – why is it that I know so much more about how you should operate your corporate shuttle bus system than your Teamsters / employees / contractors do? I mean, who’s in charge here?
For instance, drivers at Hayes and Masonic repeatedly “stage” in the outbound MUNI bus stop. We’ve been through this afore. This isn’t some kind of loophole – it’s specifically enumerated as something drivers aren’t supposed to do. Here’s a scene from this morning, just after the operator decided to (awkwardly) hit the road:
So the Teamsters/starters ask me, “Well, where do you want us to stage?” And I’m like NO NO NO, THAT’S NOT MY PROBLEM. I’m like, no, I’m not paid to make that decision for you. IDK, do you want to pay some place for the privilege of parking for 5, 10 or 15 minutes at a shot? Hey, that’s an idea. Have at it. Oh, what’s that, you can’t afford that? Rly? IDK, man.
And lately, I’ve never seen these buses in compliance. The only time I really notice them is when they’re staging. MUNI buses generally stop, let ppl get on/off and move on in like 10-20 seconds. What can’t Facebook buses do that?
And the other thing is that I’m no longer seeing the green shuttle ID numbers on the back of these buses. They’re on the front, like 07-057, certainly, but not on the back, which is really the place where you’d want them, like, you just got run over by a bus and then you put your glasses back on and you say to yourself, oh OK, “07-057 – I’m going to call the 311 after I get out of the ER and I’m going to tell them 07-057, yeah, that’s the ticket.”
So what’s up with that? Am I seeing the same couple of noncompliant buses every day? That’s certainly possible. Or perhaps we’re in some kind of shuttle bus limbo due to in/action by the BOS the past couple of weeks and maybe the rules don’t apply anymore, if only temporarily?
Hey, here’s a checklist – walk around your damn bus every day and then check to see if your ID #s are where they are supposed to be.
I have a couple other pointers as well, FB. Call me, Facebook. Or gmail me or something. (I’m not on the actual FB anymore, sry.)
END OF LINE.
Donna pilota – she is over, after 18 months.
So now comes time to make things permanent – here are the affected intersections:
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: