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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

How Effed Up Is Muni? Find Out in One Click

Posted By on Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 6:04 PM

click to enlarge To put it politely.
  • To put it politely.

Muni riders have given up on certain expectations when it comes to transit service. Like, for example, the assumption that passengers on a bus will arrive at their destinations before a spry pedestrian gets there on foot. Or the belief that their bus route is too important to get whacked when it's time for budget cuts.

Or even this expectation: Not being greeted by a man with a bone taped on his head who says, "Hi, I'm Bonehead." (That's a real story from the 14-Mission. folks.)

Responding to these lost hopes and Muni's sad, sad state of affairs is a newly launched Web site titled:

The clever site is reminiscent of the mat from the '80s game, Twister,

using dots and colors to feature all of the Muni routes for your

clicking pleasure.

So here how it works: Click on a listed route, and read the pessimistic outlook. If the 14 is  running on time, for instance, the site will read: "The 14 is not particularly fucked."

The good news is that all of the lines we are clicking on right now "are not particularly fucked." So make your way to Muni before that quickly changes.

On this site, you will also find a tally of how many Muni buses and light-rail cars are delayed out of a

random sample of 10, giving viewers both the smallest gap between vehicles in minutes, and the

largest gap between vehicles in minutes.

The site, which relies on NextBus

technology to make its reports, was inspired by the New York Web site -- "Is the L Train Fucked?" -- which started in response to Manhattan's spotty relationship with its notorious L line.  

As you can see, the San Francisco site is more venting than providing a real quality service for riders. Let's face it, riders probably care more

about when a bus will actually arrive to their nearest stop rather than learning about delays on the other side of town. 


given the fact that 544 people already "like" the page on Facebook, the site seems to

have tapped into a general feeling of resentment.

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