Posts Tagged ‘train’

Sidewalk Wagon Train Made From Found Materials: Two Shopping Carts+Wheelchair+Aluminum Crutches+Tennis Racket = ???

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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Icons of the Bay Area: CalTrain’s Baby Bullet Beneath Sutro Tower

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Well, this photo doesn’t show a real bullet train, you know, whooshing past Mount Fuji or anything, but it does have a so-called “Baby Bullet” down at the bottom – that’s the best I can do at this time.

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Train Trouble: Crossing Arms? The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority Don’t Need No Stinking Crossing Arms!

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

These four arrows tell the story. From right to left, we see a FEDEX DRIVER helping a VTA DRIVER remove a CROSSING ARM from the street after it fell off from the ELECTROMECHANICAL BARRIER DRIVE SYSTEM.

See?

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Then the train driver got back in and slowly, ever so slowly fled the scene.

Fin.

Sleeper! The Horizontal Elevators, the Driverless People-Movers of SFO

Friday, October 25th, 2013

So futuristic!

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The Legendary Whistle-Blowing Cyclist of San Francisco – Straight Outta Portlandia – My Very Own White Whale

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Here’s a whistling cyclist from Portland, sort of:

And here’s the San Francisco analogue, but IRL, and with an Andy Thornley (of the all-knowing, all-seeing SFMTA) bonus:

IDK, a ding ding bell not’s good enough for ya?

I think the problem with riding around with a whistle in your mouth is that you might tend to use it too much.

Anyway, job done. I now have a new white whale to chase down, you know, auditorially – it’s this guy with the train horn

BART Strikers 2013, Montgomery Station

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Not sure how much support they have from the Commonweal this go-around…

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CW Nevius Gets It Done! A Few Words From His Now-Paywalled Column Stirs Government Workers Into Action – Or Not

Friday, June 21st, 2013

You know, San Francisco columnist CW Nevius used to complain about all the people commenting underneath his writings. In fact, he would dedicate some of his bits to rip on all the uncouths who dared contradict his conclusions.

(I’ll bet he misses those days now, he misses the time when he had hundreds and hundreds of commenters on SFGate instead of just a handful on the Chronicle website.)

Anyway, here’s the latest, about a BART / SFMTA / MUNI entrance near the intersection of Sutter and Sansome:

A sign on the barrier said the portal would be closed until June 4. When that date passed, a commuter added a sign that said: “Or whenever we get around to it.” The date was then changed to June 21.”

But Nevius got BART to change the sign to say that the opening date was pushed up to June 20th. See? Here’s how it looked the morning of 6/20:

And here’s the same location on the afternoon of 6/20:

Oh Nevius, when will all your incessant source greasing and beat sweetening pay off?

OMG, the City of Pasadena is Selling Folding Bikes for Just $215? Isn’t This Program Better Than the SFMTA’s Bike Share?

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Word comes from the San Francisco Examiner’s Mike Billings of the City of Santa Monica’s new FoldnGo program.

So, Pasadenians will be able to buy a small Dahon folding bike for $214.99?

Isn’t this a lot cheaper, you know, per bike, than the SFMTA’s / BAAQMD’s expensive bike sharing scheme?

Hell yes. Plus, you, Fellow San Franciscan, end up with a bicycle of your own.

Hey, where’s my almost-free Dahon bike, SFMTA? 

You know who’s excited about Pasadena already? Dahon Girl 2009, that’s who:

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Oh, what’s that, giving away bicycles ala Santa Monica is NOT a jobs program? Because most of the money would necessarily go into bikes instead of salaries and benefits and pensions?

And the  SFMTA is really an employment agency instead of the (very slow, slowest in America) transit agency it claims to be?

Oh, so I guess, for that reason, we won’t be getting a Pasadena-style program up here in the 415.

‘Cause I’ll tell you, SF’s new bikeshare program is of zero interest to me, as a supposed user. And I’ll tell you, most of the money for San Francisco’s bike share program will end up paying the employees instead of paying for the large, heavy, expensive, undesirable equipment for the program.

Last time I checked. the San Francisco Fire Department spends 91% of its budget on salaries / related expenses and just 9% on equipment. Will our bike share program end up with that kind of percentage  after it ends? We’ll see.

Of course, when you’re giving away or heavily subsidizing  a bike program as Pasadena  is doing, you’re going to run into corruption and fraud type of problems.

But guess what, we going to have these issues* with Alta Bicycle Share in our taxpayer-funded program as well.

So what’s the diff?**

Oh well.

*And vandalism. Don’t forget about theft and vandalism. Oh, you have the GPS to fight theft? Guess what, it’s sending out its signal from, say, underneath Pier 2. Who’s going to fish it out? We’ll see.

**One big diff will be that any issues anyone has about the bike share program will be met with a pitch for more money. More and more and more money.  

Look Who Doesn’t Need Headlights on Market Street at Night – It’s Amtrak, That’s Who

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

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Market Street, inbound

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I cry foul.

And I’ll tell you, my eight-passenger, straight-outta-Toyota City (Aichi, Japan) Toyota has a light meter on the dashboard what turns on the lights at night. Perhaps the buses of Amtrak should have something like that as well?

San Francisco Rubs It In: Official Holiday Choo-Choo Commemorates Stealing the Warriors from Oakland

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Oakland, poor Oakland:

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