Alexandria Love’s not-quite love story with bonus transit twist

This tale about relationshipping in your Roaring 20s hits home for all of us who wished we could find love—or that it would find us, as promised in the RomComs—but kept looking for it in all the wrong places.

Oakland native Alexandria Love is on the podcast today with her personal, cringe-worthy story from that time in her life, which comes with a bonus transit twist. When she’s not prompting us to marvel in half awe, half horror over our early-20s life choices, Alex is also a stand-up comedian, podcaster, and writer. She’s performed at some of the best venues in California, including Tommy T’s, The San Jose Improv, and Cobb’s Comedy Club. She is the current reigning champion of Tourettes Without Regrets’ Dirty Haiku battle with 5 victories under her belt. She was the sleeper hit at the Muni Haiku Battle at Lit Crawl in 2017, which led her to snatch top honors during a reprise performance at Muni Diaries Live.

Listen to Alex’s story here:
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Transit News: Caltrain real-time info, 5-Fulton Limited, 3-car Muni Metro trains

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  • Caltrain Real-time Info Now on Website (Caltrain website)
  • Muni aims to relieve crowding on 5-Fulton line with pilot project  (SF Examiner)
  • SFMTA: New Fulton Bus Line To Provide 20-30% More Capacity During Rush Hour (SF Appeal)
  • Muni’s three-train shuttle service a hit with riders (SF Examiner)
  • HBO’s Looking Gets a Premiere Date, Cast Members Ride Muni (SFist)
  • Muni Ridership Increases over Past Two Years (SFMTA)
  • AC Transit strike postponed by Gov. Brown (SJ Merc)

Transit News: 5-Fulton upgrades, Muni cellphone theft arrest, AC Transit contract, BART pay

  • 5-Fulton Upgrades to Include Limited Service, Road Diet, and Stop Removal (Streetsblog SF)
  • SF man arrested in connection with cellphone theft on Muni (SF Examiner)
  • SFMTA Wants Your Opinion on Muni Service Effectiveness (or Lack Thereof) (Curbed SF)
  • AC Transit Workers Reject Tentative Contract Agreement (SF Appeal)
  • BART managers, like unions, among best compensated (SFGate)

Transit News: Muni hiring shenanigans, Caltrain forecast, BART escalators, free AC Transit passes

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  • Despite budget deficit, Muni spends $1 million to hire more drivers (The Bay Citizen)
  • Caltrain moves from doom to boom, but forecast could get gloomy (San Jose Mercury News)
  • Central Subway tunnel construction to begin (SFGate)
  • BART Escalator Watch 2012: 10 Repaired, 19 To Go (SFist)
  • AC Transit to give out free passes on June 26 (SFGate)
  • Report: Modernizing Caltrain Could Generate 9,600 Jobs (SF Appeal)
  • Two Arrested For Setting Castro Muni Station Fires (SFist)

AC Transit diary: Nice place to park a bus

AC Transit's new 3 Position Bus Bike Rack -3
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Here’s an AC Transit story from Amanda, the human behind the nascent @actdiaries. Follow AC Transit Diaries, the latest in the Diaries clan (which includes @caltraindiaries and @bartdiaries).

A few months back during my transbay commute I changed things up and sat near the front of the bus instead of the center aisle, my usual. When we stopped at the Grand Lake Theater a helmeted bicyclist attached his bike to the front of the bus and sat down casually near the driver. The bus pulled away from curb and onto the 580 onramp without a hitch.

From where I was sitting I watched the bus driver hover above her seat with her foot on the gas inspecting the bike rack. While a near standing bus driver was odd, I rationalized that it must get really uncomfortable to be sitting all the time.

The bus continued to accelerate and we merged to the furthest left lane, which was still totally normal for our route.

After a few minutes pass the driver begins shouting back at the bicyclist “Sir! Sir!” “If this is your bike please come up here!”

I looked at the bike guy who now was wearing headphones and motioned that the bus driver was yelling at him.

The rider pulled out an ear bud and made a “Who me?” shrug and and sheepishly walked next to the driver.

“You didn’t attach your bike correctly!” She yells frantically. “See, its not on right!” she shakes her finger at the bike rack.

As the bicyclist starts to mutter a response, the driver checks the side mirrors and brings the bus to a screeching halt on the freeway.

Everyone on the bus, people who are usually quite chatty, go silent.

I look around and notice that we are parked in the fast lane; our driver didn’t even bother to pull over onto the shoulder.

She unbuckles her seatbelt and stands confrontationally next to the bike rider.

“You need to learn to put your bike on right, I can’t go on the bridge like this!”

She reaches over and presses the button that opens the door to the bus.

Oncoming traffic is whizzing by. She points out the door demanding the bike guy exit the bus and retrieve his two-wheeled ride.

At this point everyone on the bus starts shouting, defending the bike guy. “Don’t do it!” “No way!” “Are you serious?”

The rider backs up and sits back down, his own personal protest.

The bus driver sneers as us and leans out the open door, checks for oncoming cars, and shimmies spy style around the nose of the bus.

Everyone starts really FREAKING OUT.

People are now crowding the front of the bus to witness what may be this bus driver’s impending death.

I watch her wiggle the bike on the rack and then heave the bike frame over her shoulder. She barrels back into the bus carrying the bike and shoves it in the sitting rider’s direction. He catches it.

“Guess the rack was broken” she mumbles, turning the ignition.