Christ, what could be more pedestrian than complaining about Muni? But HERE WE ARE. You want hyperlocal coverage? YOU GOT IT.
The 5L Fulton line seems like a good idea. Make limited stops as compared to the poky old regular 5 line and you'll just fly through the city on gossamer wings, right? The only problem is it doesn't fucking work. At least at rush hour, in my experience. What actually happens is that it is either the same speed as the regular 5 or slightly slower. This to me is as inexplicable as quantum mechanics but here's two days of anecdotal experience. These are not atypical experiences BTW.
WEDNESDAY there was a regular 5 with a 5L right behind it. I thought I'd be all smart and get on the 5L because there is no way, given our current laws of physics, that a bus making every stop could beat a bus making like every 5th stop.
We never caught up to that damn bus. Frustratingly, I could see it in front of us the whole goddam time.
THURSDAY the 5L was in front and the 5 was behind it. Imagine my shock and horror as the supposedly slower 5 PASSED US and jetted off to the coast for a drink 'n tan. I shook my fist in impotent rage, as I do at least once a day.
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING. As with many things, the causes are numerous. First, it appears that many more people are riding the 5L, making each stop exponentially longer as all the #sheeple slowly get on and off with their backpacks and whatnot and then stand on the bottom step so the doors don't close and oh god it's just agonizing to watch. Meanwhile there are fewer people on the regular 5 so it just pulls over for a sec and then is on its merry way. FACTUAL SUPPORT FOR THIS BELIEF courtesy of Streetsblog (from whence the above pic was sourced also): "New 5L-Fulton Limited Muni Line Has Brought 2,000 More Daily Riders," and they are all SLOW AS FUCK.
Also, our driver on Thursday was one of those Turtle People who fears disrupting the spacetime continuum if they push it to more than 5 mph and also lets every car in the fucking universe go at every stop sign until there aren't any more cars left in the City & County.
Maybe it's better at off-peak times, but at rush hour anyway, the 5L is like Muni itself: a good idea, really poorly executed. I'm going back to the regular old 5 (which has the newer better nicer buses anyway).
Sorry this was so boring. Have a nice weekend.