Monthly Archives: November 2007

GTA vs. Real Life: Taxi Driving

Above: The intersection on Hyde and Lombard Streets, just above the start of the curvy portion of Lombard, as seen in real life and Grand Theft Auto. Note the GTA version shows the Transamerica building clearly to the east although … Continue reading

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More cabs on City streets in 2008, but we still need peak medallions.

The Examiner reports the City will finally see more cabs on the streets in 2008. As both a cab driver and a City resident, this is bittersweet. As a resident, this seems like City progress. Finally, I’ll have a better … Continue reading

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Correlation does not indicate causation.

The AP syndicated this article today claiming that “working the graveyard shift will soon be listed as a ‘probable’ cause of cancer.” This is bullshit. This report, published by the World Health Organization, surely does NOT claim that working the … Continue reading

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Post-Thanksgiving Cab Driving

Starting with Thanksgiving I drove 4 days in a row, a first for me. I wore out quickly. The driving doesn’t phase me nearly as much as waking up so early (5am). I didn’t get enough sleep any night. After … Continue reading

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Light Rail SMACKDOWN: Dublin’s LUAS vs. SF MUNI’s T-Third

Two world-class cities. Two new light rail lines. Who will take all in the LIGHT RAIL SMACKDOWN? Meet the contenders:

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Turkey Day Cab Driving

I worked on Thanksgiving. Things were slow until the afternoon when everyone (and their food) needed rides to join friends or family for Thanksgiving dinner. It was fascinating to experience meeting so many people that consider SF ‘home’ such that … Continue reading

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San Francisco Supe proposes taxi gate fee increase. Drivers need gradual implementation.

The Examiner reports Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier recently proposed a significant increase in taxi gate fees charged to cab drivers. (Quick background: A ‘gate fee’ is the rental fee charged to a taxi driver for a shift. Taxi drivers pay the … Continue reading

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SF Central Subway is slowest slow motion train wreck in history.

Do you like watching bloody transit carnage unfold? You’re in luck, here’s a doozy. Check out these fantastic series of posts on the proposed Central Subway in San Francisco. (Primer for the uninitiated: a proposal is on deck to extend … Continue reading

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Dear MUNI, wouldn’t it be nice…

Wouldn’t it be nice if San Francisco MUNI bus drivers had this sort of fire under their butts? Link PS. This should serve as yet another reminder of how little motivation and accountability MUNI drivers have. Let’s hope the passage … Continue reading

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How much is a San Francisco taxi medallion worth?

The Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley prepared an analysis of the City’s taxi medallion scheme in 2006. Read it if you have a spare hour or so and if you enjoy these sorts of things. Here’s a … Continue reading

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