Friday, January 18, 2008

The wheels on the bus go round and round.

It's so depressing, I'm not actually sure I can make this at all entertaining. I actually did write a song for this, but it really didn't convey the horror and futility of it all.

So the year started out bright on the morning of Januaray 2nd. I caught the muni and headed down town to work. Yeah, problem was I wasn't on an N, I was on a J because instead of going into the tunnel like it was supposed to it turned the corner. Now normally I don't look because I live off the N line so why would a J be going up my street? It's a very good question and I just can't answer it. So anyway, when we all realized we were on a J the ENTIRE 2 train Muni got off and hopped on a J that was headed into the tunnel. And we all got on. Then we were told they were stuck and we should get on the one in front of us. So we all got off and we all got on the new one and were told that we'd be there a while and that we could board the shuttle bus that just pulled up behind us. So we all got off and we all got on and I sat down and I looked and that stupid Muni train went into the tunnel! So there I was on a shuttle bus. The bus pulled away from the curb and went 1/2 a block and says: "We're only making one stop. This bus goes only to Embarcadero" So I got off the bus because I need to go to Van Ness which is the next stop up and I walked over to the very touristy F train. Waited 10 minutes, got on, got to Van Ness, got off and was 30 min. late for work. Fun, fun, fun!

Then there was January 7th. Instead of driving to work after my dentist appointment, I thought I'd be smart and drive home, take muni in and save myself the parking woes. Wrong choice apparently. So 5:30 came and I headed to Muni. I just missed the first train, so I hopped the second. We pulled out of the tunnel and the driver announced that there was a problem on the line and we'd be stopping at Hillway. What? Hillway? No one had ever heard of it. Anyway, it was too late to go back and hop an L, so I went to the Hillway stop and waited for the fabled shuttle buses. The drivers failed to tell us we needed to walk to the next stop down, they didn't tell us what the problem was on the tracks, they just dumped all 600 people at Hillway and expected everyone to figure it out. Well, some smart soul called the Muni hotline and found out that a Muni ran over a 90 year old pedestrian at 9th, there was a car accident on the tracks at 19th, and there was a transformer out at the beach. Clearly I wasn't getting home. Oh and they were only sending 2 shuttle buses for all those people. One to go up Judah, one to go down. I walked. I walked home. You know how far that is? Let me tell you...44 blocks. I walked 44 blocks home. I saw the accident at 9th, I didn't see anything at 19th, I saw the packed shuttle bus pass me at 23rd, and by the time I crosses 43rd I heard the N pull up behind me on it's tracks and let people off. So frustrating!

And then there was January 16th. Muni, in particular the N again, ran over yet another pedestrian at 28th and killed them. The L apparently only managed to smack into a car and seriously injure 2 people, however that is also in the Sunset so it doesn't really say much for our transportation service does it? I know most people consider this a "Dead End Zone," I just never realized how "dead" it was. I know the mayor wants to improve Muni service, but honestly I don't think his intention was to kill the potential passengers, I'm pretty certain he wanted to just add more trains!

Anyway, I really miss driving my car. I really miss being the only person in the car. I really miss not having to push my way into the car and fight for a hand grip. However, my front tire is too low to drive and I don't have to park Muni. Not to mention I am so getting plenty of exercise this way!


Jenny said...

Man, between you and WIngal, I've been laughing myself into a stomachache every time I check MM!

Everyone's been talking about Tucson getting a light rail system (HA!) to replace, you know the trolley that only snowbirds use when their families are in town to go to the Mexican import shops on Fourth...but I'm starting to think maybe I shouldn't be such a staunch supporter of what's probably a terrible, terrible idea.

boobarella said...

Wait, did the guy who ran CTA in to the $150 million hole move to SF to run Muni?

The sad fact is this sounds all too familiar to me and I can honestly feel your pain. Except for the walking 44 blocks part... I called a cab the last time CTA decided to leave me on the street downtown.