A Relic From the Past On The Peninsula

While visiting Burlingame yesterday, I noticed that the backs of the signs attached to the parking meters in the parking lot were none other than recycled signs from the long-extinct Burlingame bus system.

Prior to the merger of all the city bus systems in 1976 which created the hellish system known as SamTrans, Burlingame had its own little bus system and you’d see these signs everywhere indicating a stop.

For years afterwards, there was a lone “ghost stop” on California Drive (ironically not far from the abandoned Interurban lines of the olden days) which remained. Today, the signs have been recycled to indicate extra penalties for parking your car too long in the parking lots downtown.

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4 Responses to A Relic From the Past On The Peninsula

  1. 295bus says:

    SamTrans, hellish? I kinda like it.
    Busses show up more or less when they’re supposed to, and it’s managed reasonably well. More than you can say for it’s neighbors on either side.
    Overall, not so bad for the burbs.

  2. 295bus says:

    SamTrans, hellish? I kinda like it.
    Busses show up more or less when they’re supposed to, and it’s managed reasonably well. More than you can say for it’s neighbors on either side.
    Overall, not so bad for the burbs.

  3. Greg says:

    @295: Ok, perhaps “hellish” is a bit exaggerated – for what it does it is ok. The only problem I notice was this – when I take BART to Millbrae and try to catch the connecting bus, sometimes I end up waiting an hour for one to show up, esp. at off peak times.
    Also, they don’t have transfers, which for shorter trips makes it a bit less convenient.
    For all the bitching about MUNI, the fact is I can get most places in SF via bus/rail car, wheras in San Mateo County, when I try to go anywhere not along El Camino, it takes forever – but then again, SMC is a spread out geographic entity, and let’s face it not every area really NEEDS transit since most people prefer to drive.
    I did take it once from Burlingame to the City and it was ok, though, so yeah, hellish was perahps a bit much.
    PS: I like your site, very cool! I’ll put it in the link list!

  4. 295bus says:

    Well thanks–I’ll reciprocate!
    (Making sure to only hit “post” once now…)

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