The new Third Street light rail opened up this weekend. It’s been pretty uneven service the last few days, both getting from Embarcadero and Folsom (where I live) to the Sunset and to Caltrain. Going outbound to the Sunset there were all kinds of backups of cars, bunching and other problems in signaling it seemed that made a 30 minute trip in to 1.5 hours. Plus, I had to change lines now (!!) becuase N doesn’t go past the Embarcadero any more so I had to take a S/T/J train and change.

SFist and the Chronicle both have more in depth coverage of what will hopefully be a short lived growing pain.

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Craigslist + RSS + Outlook Search Folders

The search function on Craigslist is a bit hard to use and not that powerful if you’re looking in multiple neighbourhoods. Since I’m looking for an apartment in SF in multiple locations, I got an RSS feed out of Craigslist for my maximum price and minimum bedroom requirement and imported that in to Outlook.

At first, I was just using that Outlook to browse the feed, which wasn’t that helpful since I got all the results of place I didn’t care to live in. So I created a search folder with the critera of contains:(“pacific heights” OR “hayes valley” OR “pac heights” OR “nob hill” OR “lower pac” OR “SOMA” OR “south beach”). Bingo bango, all the places I want, in my price range in my neighbourhoods updated automatically from Craigslist directly in my Outlook. Can’t beat that.

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