Friday, July 20, 2007

Bus Report #239

Last night I rode the 22 Fillmore with Ramon. We had a lovely time chatting, and bus luck was on our side: we were able to snag seats right near the back door.

Tonight I rode the L Taraval from downtown. It's been a while: I'd forgotten how fast the Metro is, how nicely climate controlled it is. It was air conditioned, a nice change from my usual stuffy MUNI buses. I had a seat near the door. A San Francisco police officer and his massive German Shepherd police dog. The dog was making a whole bunch of us nervous. He kept jumping up on the cop and getting dangerously close to where I was sitting.
Finally the cop and the dog got out at Civic center. I felt relieved.

MUNI has some new Hybrid buses on some routes. I was excited about them until I saw them: they are the same stupid buses they have in Boston now, the ones with limited seating and a raised section in the back. If MUNI plans to run them, they better have more buses on those routes, because they'll need them. It will take longer to get around and the buses will be super crowded.
Damn you, MUNI.

2 Comments:

Blogger Greg said...

The East Bay has had that style of bus for years. While there are fewer places to sit, there are MORE places to stand, and moving around the bus and getting on and off are very significantly faster and easier. Better and faster for wheelchairs, too. If anything, the new buses will speed up the route.

1:07 AM  
Anonymous Lexica said...

While there are fewer places to sit, there are MORE places to stand, and moving around the bus and getting on and off are very significantly faster and easier. Better and faster for wheelchairs, too.

Wow - we have very different impressions of the Van Hool busses that AC Transit is running (assuming they're the ones you're referring to).

My experience has been that the Van Hools have fewer seats, less aisle space, fewer places to hold on to if one's standing, and they're slower (and require more effort from the driver) for a wheelchair user to board than the old ones.

9:25 AM  

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