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On Saturday morning, we received a couple more obituaries for the lines and line segments that were eliminated that day. We’ll be posting those sporadically, as they come in. We start with a fond remembrance of the 4-Sutter as told by Jamie:
I was really sad Saturday morning to check nextbus for the 6 and see the 4-Sutter off of the list. I had to write something about my favorite route.
The reason I love the 4 so much is that it would come out of nowhere when you needed it most, and at the most random and convenient times.
The day I got my knee relocated (mega ouch), I was limping with my little gold cane back up to Sutter, basically hating life. The ticker said the 2 wasn’t coming for 35 minutes, and it was 1pm so the 4 shouldn’t have been running. But wait!! Out of nowhere, the 4 appears. It was like the Muni gods knew I was in need of a bus.
There was this other time I was on Van Ness at like 10pm at night, in the cold, being sexually harassed by a homeless guy, and the ticker was telling me the 3 wasn’t coming for 40 minutes. I lived at Divisadero and Sutter at the time, so taking the 3 also meant I had to walk those extra four blocks from Fillmore (and on a bad knee that is angered by cold, see above). When I had just started to consider walking, all of a sudden I see a bus coming down the hill. I assumed it was the 3 because it was attached to the wires. But as it got closer, I could see it was the 4!! At 10pm? YES!! It’s like it knew!!
Besides its random/convenient appearances, the other reason I loved the 4 was because I always got a seat, and nothing even remotely bad had ever happened on it. I have many, many war stories from the 22 and the 47, and I can’t even begin on the 38. I honestly have nothing to note about any hardships on the 4.
I assume the reasons I love the 4-Sutter is also the reasons it no longer exists–running off schedule and not being full…but gosh, I am sad to see it gone.
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