Time for a Change

I’d been putting off writing this for a while but after looking at the (many) posts I wrote and never posted to here for various reasons I realized something was up. Eventually enough built up that I began to realize I’d “not written” more posts than I had actually published. That’s why although I haven’t updated the blog in a while I actually put some time in to it all the same.

That said, I’d made a promise to myself that when this became an obligation and was no longer fun, I would suspend it for a while, or quit. That’s where I’m at now, and recent events just made me realize it’s time to cut the cord on some things, and this is one of them. The toxic bullshit in town has reached proportions high enough I now consider it to be harmful and I need a break, at the very least.

I’m winding down the Twitter account, and I will eventually take down the Facebook pages for this and the ill-fated Muni Rider Voter Guide soon enough. It was a lot of fun while it lasted, and I got to meet so many interesting and fun people as a result, as well as about our City and transit system.

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Friday Fun: Where The Streetcars Used To Go

Here’s a fun link for your Friday afternoon when you really want the day to end: an interactive map that shows you where SF’s many streetcars used to go along with photos and other historical information. It’s easy to use and very informative. Check it out!

UPDATE: Market Street Railway adds some information you might want to check out.

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A Nice Short Short Video of the N From Our Favorite Photographer/Editor

While out and about today I saw this post by Examiner Photo Editor Jessica Christian. Not only is she a talented photographer, she’s also a regular rider of the Mighty N, and has documents its good and bad days on Instagram and elsewhere.

This little video seemed to encapsulate rush hour nicely so I thought I’d give it a little boost here. Enjoy:

Slow grind #munidiaries

A video posted by Jessica Christian (@jachristian) on

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Will Campaign Silly Season Endanger BART Bond This Fall?

Trigger Warning: This is a Semi-Political Post, which may feature opinions that may be upsetting to some readers. If you do not wish to read such a post, please go elsewhere, and come back later!

In an election year it is expected that people running for office will do silly things to get noticed. Some might make grindhouse-style movie trailers for their campaigns, others might put out a funny press release, or send endless e-begging emails, and so on. Such incidents are worth a minor bump on the Twitter/Facebook/Imgur hyper-fast news cycle, but in the end don’t mean much. That is, unless they can be used to crash a billion-dollar bond for a regional transit system needed to keep things movie.

Earlier today one of the (many) people I follow on Twitter posted some silly nonsense about a “proposal” to build a new BART station at Mission/30th. This is an old idea, one studied over and over again, and the subject of late night twitter transit nerd marathons of What Might Have Been Or Be. That’s fine, and if someone running for office wants to have a late night “beer and transit plans” rap session about it, have at it.

No one would care, since there is not one dime allocated to this so-called “plan” and the idea that half a billion dollars would fall out of the sky for another subway station in San Francisco is insane. After billions in federal funds went to the (questionably managed) Central Subway project, this is about as likely to happen as an army of unicorn ponies pooping vegan gluten free treats to solve world hunger.

A few angry NIMBYs are caterwauling about mere bus transit lanes that had the nerve to speed up transit on Mission Street. Imagine the sound of NIMBY screams over messy subway station construction.

The problem is that such chatter has the effect of possibly damaging chances for the BART bond on the ballot this fall, which is needed to repair and maintain the system we already have. This bond requires a 66% majority YES vote to pass, not just in San Francisco, but all counties in BART’s jurisdiction.

It is unfortunate coverage has already suggested that the bond money could pay for this San Francisco fantasy. That’s impossible – any cursory reading of the bond clearly indicates that there’s not one dime for this press-release silliness, here in SF, or anywhere.

This is a time of Peak Nonsense nationally, and with a long list of ballot measures, local state and national elections for people to sift through, adding confusion that could endanger a regional transportation resource goes beyond campaign silliness and into “word salad with damaging consequences” territory. It should make people wonder why any elected officials who claim to be “friends of transit” would participate in it.

Candidates for local office would be wise to keep a lid on extreme silliness and instead address real needs local offices have Actual Jurisdiction over. That’s not as fun as making up plans for fantasy BART stations – but it’s also a lot less harmful.

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