Or “so-called red carpet,” if you’d prefer.
‘Cause that’s what people call them.
Even though they’re not.
Well here it is:
And here’s just part of the reaction:
“Dear Aaron. Really, just blithely change your working hours or take vacation? Many of us can’t do that. Maybe you could acknowledge (without being snarky or a d bag) that this is going to screw a lot of people…”
“Here’s a big hint, SFMTA: 90% of the people who actually live and work in SF do not give a s#$t about the NFL or this party. We are not going to be happy about it no matter how much you try to spin it.”
“I’ve been following this fiasco and planned for a 1 week hiatus but 3 weeks?! And you’re just notifying Commuters now?!”
It goes on and on.
And, mind you, this Comments section, which looks like something you’d see on Reddit, SFGate or SFist, is being hosted at SFMTA.com.
QUESTION: Why does our sad-sack, POS local transit system feel the need to cheerlead for NFL Enterprises LLC?
[UPDATE: Well I can’t really change the headline now, but perhaps it’s Levi’s Stadium itself running these ads? IDK.]
In the words of Hannibal Lecter, WHAT COULD BE MORE OFFENSIVE?
Via Reader James Corrigan comes this:
(I thought it was officially Super Bowl L, but I guess we want to Keep Things Simple for fans by calling it SB 50?)
I’ll tell you, I know people who spend three(!) hours a day getting back and forth to northern Santa Clara County and that’s with the benefit of carpool lanes. But if you want to spend your time (what, four hours?) going to and coming back from Much Further South, like all the way down to the city of Santa Clara, well then be my guest. (Bring money.)
What are the headwinds here? Domestic Violence? Concussion Dangers? Losing Record? Personal Seat Licenses Dropping In Value By 80%? Coldplay? (Fucking) Train? Addled Transit In The 415 With Zero Compensation From The NFL / Our Vaunted Host Committee? (Hoist Committee? Heist Committee?)
LEVI’S STADIUM, I served with THE LOUVRE.* I knew THE LOUVRE.* THE LOUVRE was a friend of mine.* LEVI’S STADIUM, you’re no THE LOUVRE.
Let’s mark this down as 2015’s Most Offensive Pop-Up Ad of the Year.
*Oh, not actually – I’ve never been to Paris.
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?
Hey, are San Francisco taxicabs somewhat restricted* in Golden Gate Park? Yes, yes they are. But here comes a Chariot:
Does Chariot take people to work in the Financh on Veterans Day? IDK. Does Chariot run charters on big holidays? Perhaps. Or maybe the driver is repositioning or traveling for maintenance. Or maybe there’s some other reason it makes sense for this driver to “cut-through” the park.
Anyway, I was surprised to see a Chariot in GGP on a national holiday…
*I think cabbies** aren’t supposed to cruise the park for pick-ups, I think that’s the rule.
**Cabbies cabbies cabbies – own it, cabbies. This term isn’t offensive at all, to most.
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.