Bundle up – El Nino is upon us…
Here’s a new one – another Friends With Transit ad:
Now this ad I get – it’s saying how Lyft can become your “last mile” transportation solution.
Fine, but this ad here, the one I saw first seems to equate our MUNI METRO service as something akin to a fast, reliable transit system. Perhaps it might seem that the 415 has something like that to young people in NYC or whatever or whomever or wherever, but IRL you wouldn’t suffer through an N Judah ride only to take a Lyft taxi a few hundred yards north to (your home / tent / self-dug hobbit hole in) Golden Gate Park.
Now, why would our slow, corrupt SFMTA appreciate these ads? Well, it’s money for partner ClearChannel and the SFMTA, plus it’s saying how Lyft is compatible with transit, as opposed to, you know, Lyft “disrupting” the SFMTA by siphoning money away from it.
So IDK, Frisco has a ton of bus stops all over town, so I think ppl would simply walk the last quarter mile or less it takes to get home. Perhaps this ad campaign makes sense in less urban areas?
Sure looks that way
So what if a an Airbnber from Italy stopped rolling his luggage down Hayes and asked me, “Excuse please, what mean this?” Like, what would I say?
IDK. Lyft is a taxi service, I’d say. But I wouldn’t be able to explain the graphic or what STOPS THAT JUST WON’T STOP means.
And here’s the response from SFGov for this this young woman, and this isn’t the half of it – you could hear sirens coming from every direction.
More than a dozen public employees quickly responded to this one, including at least three huge SFFD fire engines, one of our few SFFD paramedic vehicles, and of course the SFPD. This turned into quite a scene.
“The clients are suffering, the systems are suffering, and it’s hard for me to watch my personnel (get) run into the ground.”
No these aren’t brand-new ShotSpotter gunfire detectors, as I initially thought.
They’re telemetry transceivers to give MUNI vehicles signal priority, per the Richmond District Blog:
Now here’s a shot from 2011 on Scott Street in the Western Addition – I don’t know what all this stuff is:
I don’t think any of them have anything to do with signal priority…