Polishing a Turd

Okay, that headline is harsh, but Muni’s been letting us down handsomely lately.

And now, it turns out, the beleagured agency is set to receive $7 million from the Homeland Security Department.

Never minding the cognitive dissonance of a right-wing-run government agency doling out money to a public transit agency, I just want this money tagged and tracked. Want to know how much is spent on what, and how, and let’s look at the results.

Count me skeptical toward this doing anything to fix the multitude of problems facing SFMTA.

Thx: SFist.

The Reason Muni Was Especially Screwed Today?

Perhaps the answer to Tara’s post about the mysterious F dumping this morning on Market can be found in this story describing how, yet again, a car drove into the West Portal tunnel.

Automobile operators: In general, tracks are okay to drive on when they’re even with the surface of the road. Once that changes, and the rails rise up, and there is no road, you’ve gone too far.

You’re doing it wrong.

Thx: SFist.

wtf, f?

In the event this complaint falls through the cracks (not that that would ever happen on Muni), I’m posting this letter I wrote to Muni HQ today:

I’d like to call Muni’s attention to a problem I don’t see too often, but do notice regularly. I’d also appreciate a timely explanation of why the incident I’m about to describe has to happen.

I ride the F-Market/Wharves almost every day to get to work near Pier 39. While I can forgive a crowded streetcar around peak commuter times, I don’t understand why, sometimes, passengers on an already moving, already crowded F streetcar are dumped on Market and told to take the next F streetcar that comes along.

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Rebuilt 1914 Streetcar Headed for F Line

SFGate reports that Muni is taking one of the service’s oldest streetcars to put it back to service on the F line!

From SFGate story:

“These cars touched people’s lives,” said Nathaniel Ford, executive director of the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency. “It’s more than steel wheels and steel frames and wooden seats. These cars took people home to their loved ones, they took them to the doctor, took them to school.”

Thx SFGate.

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