I had a pretty fun weekend, actually, which started on Saturday with a trip out to check out the New People J-pop center in Japantown, a nice long walk from J-town to the Inner Richmond, and capped it off with a short ride on the last run of the infamous Culture Bus. I took a few pics here and there and tossed them on Flickr for fun.
Plenty of people have recorded this momentous occasion, including our pals at the SF Appeal, the Transbay Blog, and so on. Reader Jamison was there too, and took pictures way better than mine. Sure it was transit nerdy snarkville, but it was kinda fun. Riding it, however, you really do appreciate just what a half-baked idea it was. The line doesn’t connect with BART or Caltrain, it’s not likely you’d actually go to all the museums in a day (and yet you pay $10), and the end of the line is 2nd and Howard. How fun.
That said, we all realized how this could have been a fun, moneymaking thing for MUNI if the MTA board ever bothered to listen to anyone (we know they don’t), instead of some brainiac from the society set. Not only were we on the cleanest MUNI bus I’ve ever been on, with one of the coolest drivers, but we also talked about how it would be fun to take over a bus with all of our friends and have someone give a guided tour or something about things we care about (“hey there’s Absinthe where that guy from Top Chef worked” and so on).
Magically enough, just hours after our ride, the Restore the 74 bus was posted, and it’s funny to see how upset some people got at this so quickly. I mean, come on, Internet, lighten the frak up a little! We’re not all crankypants SFGate commenters! It’s a fun site but it also makes a point:
Nobody knows where the Culture Bus came from or why it started running, but we’re glad that it did. And now that it’s gone, we miss it more than ever.
So we want it back.
It doesn’t have to be $10. It doesn’t need to make you wait an hour to catch it. It doesn’t have to be the city’s best-kept secret. In fact, it probably shouldn’t be any of those things.
But wouldn’t it be great to ride a bus around town, pointing at the cool stuff and stopping to see the fun stuff?
Yeah. That would be really great.
But this doesn’t have to be a MUNI funded anything. Heck there are some pretty awesome MUNI lines (well maybe after the October cuts, not so many) that go all sorts of zany places and could use a photo safari/guided tour. It’d be fun. And cheaper than the Culture Bus of the Past.
Which lines would you want to try this on? Post your ideas in the comments.
Oh and for fun, here’s me looking like a doofus on camera, and many others looking way cooler than me, courtesy of VidSF: