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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Happy Earth Day Redux: Muni Bus Goes on the Fritz, Spews Oil on Geary Boulevard

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 12:01 AM

click to enlarge Looks like Muni's struck oil -- but no one's pleased - SF CITIZEN
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Regardless of one's take on the merits of biofuel, this much is inarguable: No one wants the stuff trickling through the streets.

click to enlarge This looks like a job for ... the DPW - SF CITIZEN
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  • This looks like a job for ... the DPW
Something like that happened on Tuesday -- Earth Day Eve, so to speak -- when a 38 Geary Muni biodiesel bus, for lack of a better term, lost its shit at Geary and Parker (right by the Mel's), and around 12 gallons of motor oil poured onto the blacktop.

Department of Public Works employees showed up with bags of absorbent material to sop up the oily mess -- "which worked," in the words of Muni spokesman Judson True. A streetcleaning vehicle followed.

The crippled bus annoyed drivers for roughly two hours before being towed to Muni's Flynn Division yards near 16th and Harrision.

No word yet on what, exactly, caused a biodiesel bus to lose its marbles (and oil) like this, or how old that vehicle is.

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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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