Earlier today I got two Reader Mails that have to be the oddest things I’ve heard in a while from people during their morning commute. Read and be prepared to be bewildered. First email is from Reader Margaret:
This morning on the N Judah heading downtown, around 8:20am right around the Chruch and Duboce stop, our female driver made an annoucement along these lines (forgive me as I don’t remember the specifics):
“To my regular riders, they’re intentionally trying to slow down service on this Route, Route 1. The management knows about it. If you want to see it fixed, call the media and have them investigate.”
Have you heard anything about this?
And, here’s an email from Reader Shari, also on the same train, it seems:
Hi Mr. Dewar,
As a resident of the Outer Sunset I do enjoy your MUNI updates. Today I was taking the N to Civic Center, as I do four days a week, and I got stuck with a driver who is regularly slow and runs late. Today, as we got to Duboce and Noe, she announced that the reason we were having to stop for extended periods involved something called “Run One.” She said that it involved intentionally sending more people onto that particular train and slowing it down. She also stated that the media and MUNI were aware of what was going on and that patrons could discover the meaning behind this by seeking out these sources. She said nothing else on the topic.
I’ve searched online and found nothing. I don’t know if she was just acting crazy or if something was going on, but I would like to find out as it made me 10 minutes late to an important law school class and if someone was behind it, I want to know who it was and why they did it.
I figured you might be someone who could confirm or deny the truth of the driver’s statement. I’d really appreciate your insight.
Given how the MTA has made swiss cheese out of the Transit Effectiveness Project by half-assedly implementing cuts (but not the associated service increases) and whatnot over the past few years, you could almost imagine some genius that could come up with an idea like this, but that is supposition, not a fact. Without any supporting documentation, we don’t know what to make of this cryptic statement via the PA system.
I did a little searching and found nothing either. So, I’m going to attempt to contact Muni on Thursday morning and see if I can get a response. Considering that I never got any of my questions about the bus shelters answered, this may require me to use the amplification of the SF Gate Transit Blog to get some attention.