Hybrid Muni Buses

The last few days I’ve seen new Muni buses that have “Hybrid Bus” signage on them. I’ve seen them mostly at the Caltrain station, which makes sense as they’re running on the 10-Townsend line currently. At half a million a pop, I wonder how much they save in terms of gas. They also skirt very close to the ground, which is pretty cool since it seems they’d be easy to enter versus the standard Muni buses (which let out the typical hiss as they lower at stops).

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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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