Muni is a San Francisco embarrassment: Thanks for the story about Muni in today's SF Weekly ["Muni: Our Transit Agency Has Neglected Maintenance for Years," Joe Eskenazi, feature, 6/13]. I am one of the customers who stopped using Muni two years ago, other than on very rare occasions — "rare" being the operative word. I have lived on and off in San Francisco since 1981, and the issues plaguing this system are the same issues from 1981. I returned to live in the city in 2007 only to find nothing had changed. Same old story, different day, different time, different year. I have no faith at all that Muni will ever be a functioning, reliable system. But the freedom from not having to rely on Muni is a gift. I understand not everyone can give up Muni, but I am forever grateful that I can, thanks to walking or using City CarShare. Muni — a joke and an embarrassment to this fine city.
Misuse of budget is the problem, ingenuity is not: Is it ironic if I actually applaud the creativity it takes to rig a bus to run with garbage bags? Frankly I think it's great as long as no one was ever in danger. The question here is: How efficiently is Muni using its huge budget? I don't think "more money" is necessarily the answer.
There's a reason MUNI has the reputation it does: Oh gee, Muni has failing hardware and poor fix-it stats? People would never know with all of the delays, shutdowns, and, in general, crap service that happens every single day. (Rolls eyes.) Give me a break. Muni is one of the most monumentally inefficient and poorly run municipal transportation systems I have ever had the misfortune of having to use. This is one case where the union has too much pull. Muni drivers being locked into contracts when they should have been fired years ago, crappy management, and terrible scheduling, on top of the shoddy equipment, all contribute to its awfulness. Personally, I'd like to see a total Muni overhaul, including getting rid of damn near every person who currently works for Muni.
Wait, they fire Muni drivers?: I stopped reading the article at "fired as a Muni driver." While the issue of maintenance is interesting, I'd rather know more about the driver so bad they actually fired him, because I didn't know that ever happened.
Blog Comment of the Week
In response to men inside the bisexual closet: I don't think it's so much that bisexual men can't "come out of the closet," but that no one listens when they do ["Will Men Ever Be Able to Come Out of the Bisexual Closet?" Vanessa L. Pinto, the Exhibitionist, 6/11]. The two most common responses are "I can't believe you're gay!" or "I always knew you were gay!" Neither of which are helpful, supportive, or accurate.