This is either the best backpack or the best tiger costume ever, on or off Muni. Oh San Francisco, how much do I love that you think every day is Halloween (even Easter, for that matter?)
Gizmodo writer and Muni Diaries Live alum Annalee Newitz took her first Leap journey and found that on purely the usability level, there is another app that beats Leap’s service for a very simple reason. Her story details the slightly confusing morning of trying to find the Leap bus, and then this happened:
First, it didn’t even have an Android app – to buy my coffee, I had to borrow the iPhone app of the woman working behind the counter. More importantly, Leap’s mobile site didn’t tell me when the next bus would be coming. Sure, Leap promises that they will come every 15 minutes during the hours when they run. But I couldn’t time my arrival at the bus stop because Leap wouldn’t tell me when the bus was coming. The teeny blue bus icon didn’t even show up on their real-time map until it was about a block away from my stop.
This wouldn’t seem like such an affront if it weren’t for the fact that San Francisco’s public transit system uses an app called NextBus which is actually ridiculously helpful. It geolocates you, and gives you a list of arrival times for all the buses in your immediate area.
We can probably all agree that knowing when the bus is coming is…kind of, sort of, important when you’re trying to get somewhere, right? You can read the rest of her journey on Gizmodo. You should also check out this excellently illustrated and well-written story on the privatization of buses in San Francisco.
Bonus: Check out Annalee’s story at Muni Diaries Live about Muni taking on an asshole car driver.
This Bay Area transit news roundup features a challenge and an acceptance of that challenge. It’s like the Wild West in here. Read on, and if you have any transit news tips, let us know.
I wonder who the No. 1 most commonly mistaken celebrity in the world is. Just yesterday at lunch, I was positive that The Jinx‘s Robert Durst was a few seats down from me at the bar. No, it wasn’t him. And yes, I finished my lunch.
Tomorrow evening, we are bringing some of our favorite storytellers to the stage at the Elbo Room to share how they see San Francisco through their Muni journeys. There are a few advanced tickets left, and we’ll have a handful of tickets at the door. Come and celebrate all that can happen from point A to point B!
Muni Diaries Live
Advanced tickets are sold out, but we’ve saved some spots for a few door tickets. Get there early!
Saturday, April 18, Door: 6 p.m. Show: 7 p.m.
647 Valencia Street
Take Muni there: J-Church, 12, 14, 22, 33, 49, or BART: 16th or 24th St stations
Photo by Right Angle Images