Posts Tagged ‘traffic’

How People Got Around Frisco BEFORE Lyft and UBER: The Secret Phone Numbers of Veteran’s Cab in SoMA

Friday, August 18th, 2017

Here it is: Gritty HARRISON 1500 –>, lovely COSTCO #144, and of course, the Italianate red/white/green of VETERAN’S CAB 502-1300 all down at 11th and Harrison in SoMA:

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I don’t know how things work now but back in the day if you were a regular / reliable customer, cab companies / drivers would give you secret phone numbers that would get you to Dispatch quicker than the public “sucker” lines that you’d see: in the phone book (yes, an actual book); painted on the sides of cars; or, in the case of Veteran’s, lit up in neon for tout le monde to see.

I can’t recall anything at all about 415 502-1300. I suppose it was ahead of my time. (Maybe it connects you to UCSF these days.) But I DO recall 415 552-1300 from the pre-UBER/Lyft era. At that time, if you gave that line a jingle ’cause you needed a taxi at, let’s say 7:00 PM on a Saturday night, you’d most likely get a busy signal, oh well.

Why? Well it’s ’cause there were <1000 taxi medallions in Frisco for the longest time. This shortage meant that cabbies could make bank, especially considering how cheap rents were Back Then compared with now. It was such a sweet job that former Mayor Willie Brown drove a taxi to pay his way through UC Hastings Law School back in the 1950’s. And in the 1980’s, Frisco was gaining a national reputation as a place where it was hard to find a cab. Read THE MAYOR, THE CABBIES and the 84 DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION – Historical Essay by Rua Graffis, United Taxicab Workers, 1996 for the reason why.

Anywho, just think about what phone number cabbies would use to call in for a tow truck if a taxi broke down – they sure as Heck wouldn’t use the sucker line, right? They’d call a number where somebody would actually pick up. That’s the kind of number that you’d want to use.

What’s that, you lived out at 25th and Irving way out there in the Sunset? Well in that case, you might have had to wait / give up on getting a taxi, but at least an effort would be made. Or maybe a taxi driver heading in that general direction would drop off and then swing on by in 20 minutes or so.

I’m not saying that that was great, but all this attention paid by the taxi industry to those who knew how to get through meant there was less attention paid to some tourist / newcomer who didn’t know anything.

Of course, our Chamber of Commerce and our tourist industry HATED this situation, but then, in part due to the difficulty certain ballers (like Travis K) had finding a taxi in Frisco ’round about a decade ago, ALONG CAME UBER AND LYFT.

Now, any rube can get a ride, but traffic is much worse, and getting worser, so who knows which era you’d prefer.

Ah, mem’ries…

Lyftpocalypse Now: How Our SFMTA Could React to the Rise of UBER with One Simple Trick at Oak Octavia

Monday, May 8th, 2017

You know what a pigeon drop is? I sort of do, but I still don’t get it, not really. I’d be like, well, how is this going to work. And it was the same thing with the Octavia Boulevard disaster, which pitted a handful of landed millionaires of Hayes Valley, like a just a few homeowners, against all the little people of the West Side. It went back and forth a few times, but the West Side eventually lost and that’s how we ended up with the Octavia Boulevard disaster. Anyway, I never believed in it and I still don’t.

So that was then and this is now – traffic backed up all the way up and over the hill, going west from the Octavia Bottleneck. And this isn’t rush hour, this is just some random weekend day, when MUNI doesn’t even try, not really.

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So I’m guessing that most of these drivers are trying to get to a freeway, but this plays Hell with crosstown traffic, which is down to Just One Lane.

But look ahead here – there’s a line of parked cars on the left side starting with a red one, see?

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So why not just get rid of parking here? Wouldn’t that ease the bottleneck?

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It sure would.

Of course our SFMTA is mad at UBER / Lyft these days and yes the arrival of all these Priuseses has hurt mobility, but why doesn’t the SFMTA react? Why can’t it fix its mistakes of the recent past?

What’s that, the SFMTA wants “buy in” from HV? But why is the SFMTA bending over backwards for HV over like eight or so highly intrusive parking spaces? I don’t get it.

And really I never did.

UBER Lyft Weekend Update: OMG, Please Please Please Learn How to Drive in Frisco

Monday, May 1st, 2017

So here’s an UBER Lyfter from Only God Knows Where (Merced? Santa Cruz? IDK) who’s taken the opportunity to block the fast lane of traffic going the opposite way on Masonic with his ride? See him there?

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So yeah, this is a legal turn (currently) and you’re allowed to wait in your own lane, but you’re not allowed to plant the front of your car into the oncoming lane, right?

Of course, yet another UBER Lyfter was doing the same thing in the southbound lane in a kind of TNC paux de deux, but that’s no excuse and that driver could look forward to a break in traffic, but you can’t, in part, due to the line of traffic you created yourself. So you block two lanes of traffic until your light turns yellow and even you realized that’s it’s time to complete your turn.

What’s that, you need to turn here? Well, obvs, but you’re doing it wrong and for no reason. Wait in your own lane, Dude.

What’s that, you just started driving here and/or there’s a 90% chance you’ll be moving on from this gig afore year’s end, so even if you learned how to drive in Frisco, it won’t help with whomever replaces you? Well, you got me there, Travis. You got me there. Moving on…

To this. So UBER Lyfter in the red car here on Pine is being told by GPS to turn left now, but get this, the driver is in the middle lane and whoops, there’s traffic, like the white car UBERer you can see. What’s the solution? Simply come to a dead stop in the middle of Pine, patiently signalling your intent to turn left. If this takes like ten seconds, well who cares, because you need to turn left here.

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Anyway, that’s just part of the weekend.

UBER Lyft drivers, welcome to Frisco, but you all are FAILING, and in a big way. Try harder to stay outta the way when you visit the 415…

Annual 420 Day 2017 – 1) Huge Vapor Cloud; 2) Minors’ Meadow; 3) The Bum Rush; 4) Unnecessary Street Closures 5) SFGov Featherbedding

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

1) Hippie Hill before 4:20 PM:

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Hippie Hill at 4:20 PM:

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2) People were getting carded at the gate, so what to do? How about hang out betwixt Kezar and Stanyan, how’s that? A high school scene:

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3) Alternatively, there’s always the bum rush. Hundreds made it through this one rupture over a period of about three minutes. Security guard in the yellow on the left there knew just what to do – he shut things down with a quickness. You can see some of the lucky ones past the gate to the left of the unecessary ambulance. Why would you bum rush? You’re a minor, you want to bring in your glass bong, and/or you didn’t want to wait so long in line – those are my top three guesses:

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4) Traffic was going pretty good until SFGov started shutting down streets:

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I don’t know why they do this – seems an overreaction:

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So Hayes Street temporarily becomes New Fell Street

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Count the #21 Hayeseses totally stuck in traffic:

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5) So when SFGov complains about how much money it has to spend on Annual 420 Day, leaving aside how much effort it puts into promoting tourism, like how it sent its white collar worker$ to “volunteer,” you know, on the clock, for the NFL’s Super Bowl Experience or whatever the Hell it was called last year, take a look at this unecessary featherbedding – it’s a street sweeper sweeping nothing. How much does this cost, a $1000? IDK

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Anyway, all this foo forall seems a make-work program for SFGov to placate the millionaire homeowners in the area, you know, on Annual 420 Day.

JMO.

SURF’S UP: If You’re a True Coachella 2017 Baller, You’ll Fly There, Twice, on a Turboprop Airliner for $3000

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
Do you know the way to COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL?
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You know, this is the point where I’d usually offer up some kind of critique, but I can’t really think of any.
Now IIRC, this post here raised my ire, since a turboprop isn’t a jet, but I can’t hold the Surfers liable for that,
And then’s there this BS:

Don’t Fly on Props – JetSmarter‎ Ad try.jetsmarter.com/‎ Fly year round on jets for less than Surf Air.”

You know, I think I have a beef against almost all aviation-related start up except this one.

 Anyway, have at it:
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There Should Be a Traffic Signal Here at the Start of JFK Drive in GGP – This Photo Shows Why

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

This JFK inbound at Kezar, on the way to Oak.

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It gets backed up, as you can see.

This congestion is a function of the lights at Oak and Stanyan. The cars you see here dribble through the stop sign one by one. It could easily take five minutes or more for the cars you see here to make it through, oh well…

Bushpocalypse Now – Frisco Sees Its Worst Traffic Ever In 2017 – Highest Number of Registered “Vehicles” in History

Friday, March 24th, 2017

That stat is as of Calendar Year 2015, but our friends at CA DMV are putting the finishing touch on the numbers for Calendar Year 2016.

So is a trailer a “vehicle?” IDK. IDTS. But 2016 looks to be the year we push over the half-million mark for vehicles registerd in Frisco.

And of course that doesn’t include all the new UBER Lyfts from all over.

So here’s the result, from yesterday’s evening drive. Southbound Sansome is all backed up, but look, you can see a PCO Intercepter cart on the scene, to fix everything:

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I was thinking, it’s morphin’ time – time for another round of three-figure parking/traffic tickets for “blocking the box.” But no, the PCO disappeared with a quickness. Leaving SFMTA Dude in the Bush Street HOV lane all by himself. Turns out he was patiently waiting to proceed behind some more stalled traffic. He was soon gone as well.

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Bush Street is always bad, but yesterday was especially bad. Five eastbound cars sat in the intersection for about five minutes. But then they advanced leaving room for a few buses and cars on Sansome to sneak through north and south.

Bush doesn’t get any more crowded than this:

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Anyway, that’s the update.

 

Man with a Bicycle Instructs Owner of a 650-Horsepower Corvette “Supercar” How to Drive – But Get This: THE DRIVER LISTENS!

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

IDK, is a Chevy Z06 a supercar? New GM seems to think so.

Anyway, as seen in Frisco’s Twitterloin / Tenderloin near the foot McAllister, amongst a sea of stolen bikes and untraceable bike parts, an SFPD bicycle officer lays down the law:

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Congested Traffic For No Reason: What Happens When the Wealthy People of Hayes Valley Design Streets

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

So what have we here – do we have about 25 cars* backed up on Page attempting to get on the glorified 101 freeway onramp / offramp entitled Octavia Boulevard:

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I ask of you, Gentle Reader, was this situation advertised as a part of the Octavia Boulevard project? I can tell you no it wasn’t.

Was this a particularly busy Sunday? NOPE, just a regular lazy Sunday as you can see by looking across horrible horrible Octavia Boulevard.

So what do you suggest, that all these people should take Sunday/Holiday schedule MUNI to the Caltrain or BART to get where they’re going? Well, gee that could very well take all of Sunday to get There And Back Again, right? You see, our society is wedded to the automobile. You may not like that, but that’s reality. And Octavia Boulevard certainly isn’t helping anything.

Hey, doesn’t this traffic belong on Oak? Yep. But the backups on Oak are worse – they routinely go much longer than 25 vehicles.

Perhaps, Comrade, this situation is only temporary as our automobile infrastructure withers away? Well, IDTS. Car registrations in Frisco are higher than ever right? We’ll have to wait for the 2016 data from the DMV but that data should be out soon and it will indicate another increase, to be sure.

And what of Uber, Lyft and the other TNCs? That’s a factor as well.

And all these factors are a good reason for a place like Hayes Valley, which is a crossroads, to better allow people to pass through. Obviously, the millionaire homeowning activists behind Octavia Boulevard might want to “improve” HV but how does that benefit everybody as a group. You know, most people in the world aren’t homeowing millionaire white people living in Hayes Valley, right?

Anyway, what this ridiculously short, ridiculously wide Boulevard ends up doing is blocking people from getting from Point A to B, and that includes People With Cars, and People On Buses, and People On Bikes and even People With Shoes walking about, right?

Hey, how about this, why not eliminate left turns from Page and Haight onto Octavia? That would help.

But what’s ridiculous is Hayes Valley people trying to create more traffic so their hood could go upscale.

And along with the is the left turn allowed going from inbound Market to Octavia. Left turns are rare on Market of course, and they’re allowed on the blocks preceding and following Octavia, so why do we allow left turns at already congested Market and Octavia? Oh, for the convenience of those living in Hayes Valley, the ones who laid things out?

Seems a little crazy to me…

*Oh, I’m sorry, it should be People With Cars in the vernacular of the day. Isn’t that right you People With Cellphones and you People With PCs? All right, time to get dressed this AM – I think I’ll wear some Jeans of Blue

Any Traffic Issue can be Solved with MORE CONES – If Troubles Persist, Simply Add MORE CONES

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

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