This morning my Muni driver told me to get a car


By Paula Connelly

When I saw that it was rainy this morning at 8:00AM I decided to take the 48 Quintara line bus rather than walk, as I usually do. After waiting just shy of an hour for the bus, two arrived at the same time and half way through the ride the less crowded one reached a spontaneous end-of-the-line. When my bus driver told me that I should run if I want to catch the first bus, I explained why that was bothersome. She told me, "Get a car." Et tu, bus driver?? I have been a city girl my whole life, never had a car, and don't plan on getting one.
After the recent i880 accident, Muni should not only be encouraging people to ride, they should be demonstrating all the viability of the option to take public transportation. That's just bad marketing. It took me twice as long to get to work as it would had I walked. That's an hour and a half commute for 2.7 miles. When dealing with any large, diverse group of people, you can expect complications. But just about once a month, the frequency with which I take public transportation to work, my fervor for walking is reaffirmed by a similar experience. I can't trust Muni when even it's employees have lost faith in it's reliability. Wet socks are a bargain for my sanity.


The problem is this: the drivers are union. They can't get fired and really don't give a rats' ass how they treat you. (I'm not anti-union -- I grew up in a UFW family -- si se puede).

So here's what YOU can do: don't support the unions. The next time you see them picketing Longs or Bristol Farms, patronize those places unabashedly -- I know that you will definitely get good or even better service. Why should they expect you to support their cause when their cause looks at you with disdain?

I came to this conclusion this morning when the bus driver refused to pick me up at a stop marked appropriately because she said it "was not her stop." Their stops are arbitrary and subjective. I had to run a block in heels to catch the same bus because she didn't tell me this until she started moving when her 10-minute break ended.

Posted by Tikitok on Oct. 09, 2008 @ 2:58 pm