On Friday evening, the crippled bus sat in the intersection of Fillmore and Waller, less as a means of conveyance than an obstacle. A handful of Muni workers could only say the bus was "broken, broken, broken!" and awaiting a tow.
Muni spokesman Paul Rose said Bus 5427 has "a broken driveshaft" -- not a minor impediment. Continues Rose: "We are working to procure a new set of these trolley coaches, which are, on average, 15 years old."
He notes that these aged buses typically "operate on challenging routes with steep grades and heavy ridership."
That doesn't jibe well with the reality of garbage bags being used as insulators on this bus for years at a time. Sigh. Get well soon, No. 5427.