On Friday, February 1, 2016, the SFMTA’s Major/Minor Arterial Plan governing the actions of the private operators of the over-sized corporate commute buses (sometimes called hi-tech buses or Google buses) finally went into effect. This new program sets forth a set of specific operating rules and the challenge is now one of enforcing those rules. Please join me in watching for and reporting violations.
If you spot a violation, record the date, time, location, travel direction, Placard Number, Bus operator/bus number and the nature of the violation and send me the information in an e-mail. <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Or if you prefer you can send your complaint directly to the SFMTA. Because of the SFMTA’s lax and sporadic enforcement of previos operating rules the private operators have a long history of thumbing their noses at city rules and regulation. For this reason it is likely to take a concerted effort to bring down the violations. Thanks, Ed
Here are the new requirements:
Commuter buses 40 to 45 feet in length will be restricted to the following streets in the Noe Valley Area:
+ Market Street
+ 16th Street
+ Guerrero (Market to 18th)
+ San Jose (South of Guerrero – Cesar Chavez)
+ Castro to 26th
+ 24th (Castro to Potrero)
Only commuter buses 35 feet or less will be permitted to use residential streets.
Buses will not be permitted to operate on weight-restricted streets.
or stop in taxi zones
Each registered vehicle has a unique bus identification number:
o Placards showing this number will be placed on all four sides of the vehicle.
o Placards are blue with black identification numbers (xx-xxxx)
The first xx designate the bus company
The last four xxxx designate the assigned number.
*if the first number is 0 the bus is less than 35 feet and therefore is allowed to operate on residential streets.
*if the first number is 5 the bus is more than 35 feet and is therefore allowed to operate only on the Major and Minor Arterials listed above
o Placards are to be painted with reflecting paint so that they are more visible at night.
o Placards are to be tamper proof and designed to tear if removed from a vehicle
Approved Stop Locations
Designated Muni stops and White Zones with a posted sign indicating that commuter buses are authorized as permitted users during the hours of 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. There may be a few locations that allow stops at both time periods. If so, the signage will so indicate.
Call to Arms:
Because of lax and sporadic SFMTA enforcement the private operators have a long history of thumbing their noses at city rules and regulation; so it will take a concerted effort to bring down the violations. If you spot a violation record the date, time, location, travel direction, Placard Number, Bus operator/bus number and the nature of the violation. Please send me an email and we will figure it out.