Dude, MUNI Totally F’ed Up Your SUV

4 Aug

Yesterday, two F-line trains collided with an SUV on Market with a fairly spectacular result. My friend Youky took this picture on her way home:

F Train Crash By Youky

No one was killed, but several people were hospitalized, and everyone was pretty freaked out – I mean, can you imagine?  One minute, you’re chilling in your SUV, listening to Talk of the Nation and waiting to turn left, and the next A GIANT FUCKING TRAIN rear-ends you and slams you forward into ANOTHER GIANT FUCKING TRAIN.  Dude.  Emotional distress!  It’s one of those things that you can’t really imagine happening until it does, and then your reaction surprises the hell out of you.  Like, you make bird sounds and pass out or start talking to Jesus or something.

And this is the second time something like this has happened in only a couple weeks (not to mention other reports that have gone unexplained)?  Sheeit.  I’m usually one to defend MUNI operators from the scorn and frustration that is constantly heaped upon them, but damn, guys, maybe it’s time to step up the training and make your protocols more strict.

Some further thoughts on MUNI – pros, cons, etc:

Pro: My Phone tells me where to catch a bus, and when it’s coming, but Con: sometimes it’s lying, leaving me not only stranded, but feeling betrayed (notoriously with the 6 at the start of the line, and with the 43 anywhere).

muni_logo_4229Pro: MUNI has a really cool logo, but Con: the bus interiors are usually so marked up by sharpie-weilding middle-schoolers that the asthetics of my bus-riding experience are, on the whole, pretty negative.

Pro: 90% of the time, it works every time, bus drivers are totally attentive, stop when they should, and even wait a sec for me if I’m running to catch the bus, but Con: 10% of the time, they act as cruel arbiters of fate, leaving me in the dust, or worse, once  I’m aboard, ignoring my requests to get off and depositing me a mile and a half from where I requested a stop, groceries and saxophone in hand.  (It was the 44, the driver pulled onto Laguna Honda, it majorly sucked).

Con: They just raised the fare by 33%, but Pro: the monthly passes are pretty colors.

Pro: MUNI gets me from home to school (and downtown) really quickly, but Con: sometimes it kills people.

Hmm, pretty much a wash? Trending negative? I’m beginning to think that my rosy relationship with the 6 Parnassus is making me view MUNI much more favorably than I probably should – the fact that I never have to ride the trains, commute during rush hour, or deal with huge double-buses like the 38 or the 49 hopelessly skews my view of SF public transportation towards the positive. Maybe I’ll just get a bike and try to ride in the park as much as possible.  I don’t think that the buses go down there, so I’ll be safe.

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3 Responses to “Dude, MUNI Totally F’ed Up Your SUV”

  1. David August 4, 2009 at 11:05 am #

    I was kind of hoping it was a Hummer that got crushed between trains. It never hurts to dream.

    • Kirk August 4, 2009 at 11:09 am #

      Ha. The trains would crash into the Hummer and IT would break THEM.

  2. thesoniashow August 4, 2009 at 3:31 pm #

    David and I took my niece Lorelei to Fisherman’s Wharf yesterday and we rode the F-train. Sure glad we weren’t on those F-trains.

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