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Friday, October 18, 2013

Muni Bus Spotted in Wilds of Wyoming

Posted By on Fri, Oct 18, 2013 at 12:15 PM

click to enlarge The Yellowstone Express!
  • The Yellowstone Express!

The No. 29 bus, which will transport you from Baker Beach to Candlestick Park, is the longest route in the city. But it won't get you to Wyoming.

Yet, via an image currently wending its way about the internet with faster-than-Muni rapidity -- supposedly snapped by a musician touring through Wyoming -- we're presented with a Muni 9X bus touring the Cowboy State.

Well, Wyoming is a long way off. But St. Cloud, Minn. is further. Buses aren't created via transubstantiation but slapped together in factories. And the American outlet for Winnipeg-based outfit New Flyer is in lovely St. Cloud. A realization that becomes head-smackingly intuitive when given even a moment's consideration: The most efficient way to deliver a bus from the factory is simply to hop in and drive it where it needs to go.

See Also: New Bus Drove 1,900 Miles to Conk Out With Mayor Aboard

You might remember a fete for Muni's new hybrid buses in which one of the high-tech marvels failed to start with Mayor Ed Lee and other bigwigs aboard back in June. It turned out that the vehicle unable to carry Mayor Mustache 2.5 miles from the waterfront to City Hall already logged 1,900 or so miles hoofing it to this city.

New Flyer management told us that "98 percent" of their buses are driven to their destination cities. Third-party drivers hired to pilot the buses are bound by the same rules as interstate truckers: They can't drive for any more than 11 hours in any 24-hour period. What's more, Muni's new hybrid buses won't exceed 55 mph.

Hope they brought an iPod or something.

Our messages for Muni haven't yet been returned. And Wyoming isn't on the Google-approved route from St. Cloud to these parts. But it is directly between Minnesota and San Francisco, as the crow flies -- and, it turns out, as the Muni bus rolls.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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