Two Ways to Read the MUNI TroubleAlert for the Outside Lands Music Festival 8/22-8/24
Subscribing to the RSS Feed for the MUNI TroubleAlert is a mixed bag. While it is often good at alerting you to a potential problem or whatever, when you read it in RSS, you only get the headline, and none of the message. And of course there's the problem of any BART alerts, which you can't ask 311 about, but can ask 511 about.
Anyway, as many of you know, there's this big Outside Lands music festival Friday through Sunday in Golden Gate Park. MUNI's TroubleAlert was kind enough to post this alert, but reading it you can interpret one of two ways. Here's the actual text:
Lines/Routes: N, 5, 7, 28, 29, 44, 71, 71L Area: Golden Gate Park Dates: Friday, August 22, through Sunday, August 24, 2008 Time: All times
Due to heavy attendance at the Outside Lands Festival as well as other events, expect delays, especially late at night, on the N Judah and all bus lines serving Golden Gate Park.
To help shorten those delays, be sure to purchase your Muni fare in advance. Advance round-trip tickets are available at these locations: Caltrain Station at 4th & King Streets, Civic Center Muni/BART Station and at the festival.
Extra service to/from Golden Gate Park will be added to Muni bus routes 5 and 71 and the N Line.
The SFMTA apologizes for any inconvenience to customers.
On the one hand, they indicate that despite zillions of people flocking to the park, there'll be delays. But they also say they'll be running extra 71s and Ns. So on the one hand they're almost apologizing in advance knowing that it's going to be a failwahle regatta on MUNI, but they're also saying "extra trains and cars! we has them!" too.
And of course, the way to speed things up is to buy your tickets in advance (because that, not operators spontaneously not showing up to work, or failing maintenance is never a cause for delay, just hippies buying MUNI tickets).
As for me, I plan on having all my errands done long in advance, and will probably have to spend the whole weekend indoors working, or looking for a stupid apartment all over again (don't even get me started on that last bit, I'm still supremely irritated by that whole situation), so I will miss the festivities, and the fun. If you're out and about and see some hilarious failwhale-on-failwhale action, email or post a comment to the site!