Dead shark is found in NYC subway car, disposed of

NEW YORK (AP) – excerpt

Did a fan of “Shark Week” get carried away?
New York City’s transit authority says a conductor found a small dead shark aboard a subway train in Queens on Wednesday.
The conductor asked passengers to leave the car and closed it off. The train continued to the end of the line, and then a supervisor placed the shark in a garbage bag and put it in the trash.
Photos on the blog Gothamist depict the shark on the subway. It appears to be about 4 feet long, has a cigarette in its mouth with a fare card and Red Bull can nearby.
Transit officials say they were aware of the photos but are making no effort to find the person who posted them. The transit authority says it has “better things to do.”

We should hope so…

ParkPlease Startup Aimed at San Francisco’s Parking Mess

By Laurie Jo Miller Farr : yahoo – excerpt

From the land of startups, ParkPlease comes forward with a part-solution for San Francisco’s parking nightmares, which grow increasingly worse amid strike threats, summer festivals, major construction projects, and restrictions on Sunday parking…
The U.S. Census Bureau places San Francisco second on the list of most densely populated cities. Furthermore, San Francisco ranks as the costliest U.S. city for downtown parking fines, now set at $74, and January saw the discontinuation of free Sunday parking, ending a 65-year tradition.
San Francisco comes in as the third most congested U.S. city for traffic, with an unenviable showing at tenth worldwide, according to studies published by USA Today and Forbes(more)

Do we need any more proof that SFMTA parking and traffic management theories are flawed? SFMTA has taken San Francisco’s reputation as one of the best, easy to get around in cities, with a reliable Muni system, efficient traffic patterns and relatively easy parking, and turned us into the tenth most congested city in the world.

Now they want us to pay them more money to continue our downward spiral and build denser housing?

SFMTA plans another pilot project. This time they want to rearrange Fulton

SFMTA – excerpt

5-Fulton Pilot Project Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 6:30 pm
Richmond Police Station, 461 6th Avenue
The SFMTA proposes a pilot project along the 5 Fulton corridor that will introduce limited-stop service to provide quicker trips and will increase frequency to reduce crowding between 6th Avenue and Downtown. The target implementation date is fall 2013… (more)

5 Fulton from Market Street to La Playa
Muni’s 5 Fulton bus route carries about 19,000 daily customers on an average weekday. The route’s study corridor is 5.6 miles long and includes Fulton Street between La Playa and Central Avenue, Central Avenue between Fulton and McAllister streets, and McAllister Street between Central Avenue and Market Street. Within the study corridor, the 5 Fulton serves over 13,000 customers on an average weekday.
Within the study area, the 5 Fulton operates at an average speed of 9.7 miles per hour during peak periods. Sources of delay include closely spaced bus stops, traffic congestion and frequent STOP signs along the route in the Western Addition… (more)

If you get to the meeting, if there is a meeting, be sure to ask them where the money is coming from and why they don’t just put it into Muni operations instead of rearranging more of our streets. If there is one street where traffic flows and there is no traffic congestion it is Fulton. If the buses are slow, it has nothing to do with the traffic flow.