Another Day, Another Driver Blocking Muni’s Busiest Metro Line

Photo via Inner Sunset Neighborhood Group/Facebook

N-Judah riders can’t get any relief from idiots who leave their automobiles in the way of Muni’s busiest line.

The entire length of the metro line was shut down for at least 40 minutes Thursday, starting at about 2 p.m., after the driver of an extra-wide pick-up with a raised chassis parked at the curb on Carl Street. The vehicle was so big it obstructed the train’s path, clearly marked by a white stripe.

The SFMTA’s Twitter account reported that the line was blocked at 2 p.m., and that it was cleared by 2:38 p.m.

This time, there were no superhuman feats from N-Judah riders to clear a path — the truck was eventually towed.

Until the streets on the N’s route get improvements like separated transit lanes and car restrictions, riders can continue to expect routine shutdowns caused by clueless motorists. The list of recent causes: Parking a vehicle that’s too wide, attempting to drive into a visibly-marked train tunnel, an angry passenger throwing out the vehicle’s keys, and the most common one — double-parking on the tracks, as exhibited below on Ninth Avenue:

  • SF Guest

    Did Mr. Brown also tell you spending $48M on the Muni is a waste?

  • Andy Chow

    In Russia activists place stickers on windshield of cars running on sidewalk as a shortcut.

  • jd_x

    Yeah, been following that. It’s awesome they are doing this, but Russia is just insane ….

  • The lane is clearly marked, can’t you see the white line the truck went over? How about parking meter stalls in the city? They are clearly marked with the “T” so people know they can’t go over it.

  • dawdler

    There are many ways to stand up for yourself. Not all require puerility or hostility.

  • NoeValleyJim

    Tell me then how you would have gotten this woman, a credit to her race, class and fine breeding, to move.

  • StrixNoctis .

    The driver can apparently climb up into that raised vehicle, so the driver must only be mentally disabled.

  • StrixNoctis .

    It’s time for MUNI to add pilots/cowcatchers (like those on locomotives) onto the fronts of their metro trains to push those vehicles of selfish drivers aside.

  • NoeValleyJim

    I never heard anyone in my old unit, the 82nd Airborne Division, utter any such nonsense. I have heard “All The Way” and “Kill Them All, Let God Sort Em Out” but nothing about discretion. I can’t really endorse the latter sentiment myself but heartily agree with the former.

  • Dexter Wong

    Funny you should say that, back in 1907, San Mateo Interurban cars were big as railroad cars and had pilots (cowcatchers). No auto of that era dare challenge them (but they used too much power and were gone by 1923, replaced by streetcars that used less electricity).

  • kschang

    I dunno, the train looks like it may clear by an inch or two. 😉

  • Anon Y. Mous

    In New York, she would have been left owning one less side window.

  • Anon Y. Mous

    License plate, please?

  • Is it just me or do cars with disabled placards/plates always seem to have drivers who do some of the most suspect things on the road? Including park in the middle of a light rail line.

  • I wouldn’t say that they’re a waste, but only when used properly. Most people who own such a truck can get along just fine with stuffing things inside and putting a hitch on the back to haul a trailer.

  • StrixNoctis .

    I also bicycle, but there are times when I get stuck behind cars that are double parked in the bike lane (especially on Valencia) during high traffic congestion. I don’t pass on the right of the double-parked cars because I think it’s not legal to, and most often the motorists in the lane at my left usually don’t allow me to safely merge or lane split to get around the double-parked douchebags.

    There are times when I have to resort to dismounting my bike and walk it on the sidewalk to get past the double-parked vehicles, but it gets to be very tiresome when there are a lot of double parkers in a row.

  • Edward

    I remember back in the PCC days coming out of the Sunset Tunnel at Carl and being blocked by a VW bus parked on the curve. After five minutes of bell ringing the passengers got off, picked it up and set it down with the outside wheels against the curb and about six inches clearance front and back between two poles.

    My we were a satisfied bunch as we all piled back on, and the motorman was grinning from ear to ear. True citizen action.

  • Leon Foonman

    Evidently you didn’t learn how to act like a human being in the Army…. ARMY = “Aren’t Ready for Marines Yet”, in case they never “learned” you that either.

  • Leon Foonman

    Another republicon heard from….