Commuter pilot program started on August 1st. Here’s the info
On my relief trip yesterday I saw the 38 that was on fire. Seen tons of smoke and some fire coming from underneath the motor with stuff dripping on to the ground. Wound up seeing the bus today in the building. Took some pics.
One mechanic told me in all the years he’s worked, he’s never seen anything like this. Said they still gotta figure out if it was electrical or fuel that started it. He did say that both fires are both unrelated for sure.
Last Friday Muni Diaries posted that a 38 Geary bus caught fire. Finally seen it in the building today and took a couple pics:
8.9.11 UPDATE : spoke with one of the mechanics and he told me that what happened was that the catalytic converter got plugged up and that’s what caused the fire.
In true MUNI fashion, what I expected didn’t go as it should have( ya know like that bus supposed to be there but it aint lol)
On Sunday night, i spent over 5 hours looking over blocks and runs still available. You have to go into the sign up with some sort of idea of what you are willing to sign on. Usaully it comes back to 3 things : what days off, how much it pays, and what time it gets off/what line it runs. The 1 more thing u have to keep in mind is are you willing to do whatever you pick for at least 6 months to a year because if a signup doesn’t happen you don’t want to be on a run stuck because you thought this run was going to be temporary.
But never-mind that. Let’s get back to the situation at hand: having a template before you sign. My research led me to figure out that 16 runs were left with a weekend day off ( f/s or s/m off). Even though I signed 20 something people after those 16, I still looked them up and picked the ones I liked because you never know- someone could overlook it, people might not like those days, or the lines it does might suck. I also picked other runs and that included runs that worked the weekends and blocks that had stuff I was interested in driving.
On Monday I was fortunate enough to get a run trade so signing a WHOLE lot easier. I usually get to a sign up about 45-1 hr before i sign to see 1. what has been taken already 2. to see where sign up is currently at; by this I mean who is signing at the moment because that will tell me if signup is on time, late or ahead of schedule and 3. start asking all the people in front of me what they are choosing to sign.
So when I got there I knew I should have expected the unexpected.
First off, signup was ahead of schedule. AHEAD OF SCHEDULE. Now your probably thinking how are they ahead of schedule when people have a certain time they sign at? Basically everyone knew what they were picking if they were present or drivers had placed their choice slips in before I had showed up. Then the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that there were at least 10 of the 16 runs that had a weekend day off still available.
This was the curveball.
Even though I had written down my choices, SEEING that those were still available was a different story. So my process was to see what had already been taken then follow through with the drivers before me and see what they were gonna pick.
With it being ahead of schedule, I was pretty much gonna get my 1st choice listed. The form above is where we write down our choices and you have to write down at least 3 choices as requested by the dispatcher. Since we were ahead of schedule dispatchers putting in the choices to the computers to see if they were available were asking for the forms before your time so that they could stay ahead of schedule.
Now when they call your name, you hope that your choices that you listed are the best choices you made. Also, by then you hope that the runs selected list has been updated. Thats why I get there early enough so i can follow what has been picked so just in case the list aint updated, you follow along by asking people what they ended up getting.
When your time is up on the computer, the dispatcher inputs your selections and sees if they are available. If it is, you get that run/block/extra board spot. If its not, they keep going down your list of choices to find something that is available. If you have your list and they go completely through it, they will *try* to assign you something that is close to the choices you put down. That’s why you got to write down as many choices as you can.
The computer system takes a bit to confirm your selected choice but once its confirmed on the computer the dispatchers write it down and if you are still around you will know then that you will know what you got for the next sign up. Most people just wait til the end of the sign up when all the craziness dies down and they then have the opportunity to look at what choices were selected on their behalf.
As of today you should have seen many new drivers on the lines you were on. When I picked my choices, i ended up scratching out my 1st choice and going with my 2nd one. I messed up but oh well. So what I ended up getting on this new signup is basically what I was doing on the last signup with the exception that on my 2nd piece I do 38 to 33rd ave and on Saturdays I do the 38 limited. I least I got a weekend day off (its been 1.5 years since the last time I had it off)
We will see how long this signup lasts…(supposedly its a 6 week signup)