Fire Truck to Commuter Bus: ‘I’m Bigger Than Them’

Commuter Bus Struggles onto Mission Street.

Commuter Bus Struggles onto Mission Street.

Right outside of the Mission Local office, one commuter bus struggled to turn north onto Mission from 22nd Street, at about 6:40 Wednesday night.

Parked San Francisco Fire Department trucks were in the way.

It was a short battle, with the commuter bus making a several point turn, backing up a few times in the middle of the intersection and blocking traffic, to get around the SFFD truck.

The fire truck did not make an attempt to move.

“No, I’m bigger than them. I make them move,” said the fire truck driver with a smirk a few minutes later.

Minutes after the commuter bus cleared, a bus with an eBay placard in the window drove by unobstructed.

The firefighters had responded to Wells Fargo’s call about a smoke smell in the building. They said they couldn’t find a source for the stench. One banker told Mission Local the firefighters decided it may have been a light.

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28 Comments

  1. ThatGuy

    Thank you for pointing out it was an EBAY bus. Such an important fucking detail.

    Good luck with that journalism degree. You’ll need it.

    • Bob

      Agreed. Mission local is becoming a joke. I can just imagine their next article, “Man bites Dogwearing a Google backpack”

    • Andy

      Well everyone unfairly calls all of them “the google bus.” They aren’t all belonging to Google.

    • sfreality

      Local Mission Journalism? No way this is just a blog of opinions strung together to create a message that has nothing to do with Journalism.

  2. Yeap

    Um..how is this newsworthy? The bus had trouble turning onto a street that was 50% blocked. So it took a few extra points to turn…big whoop.

  3. Bob

    Wow, another opportunity to snipe at a tech bus. So interesting.

  4. ThatGuy

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  5. Anna

    How is this considered journalism? It has no significance whatsoever. Maybe I should blog about my street corner and all the struggles cars go through. O_o

  6. Andy

    I think the buses should stay off mission. There’s too much muni activity there. Even though my motorcycle commute is daily on Van Ness (and I fucking HATE these buses) I still think they should be restricted to streets like Van Ness, Potrero, Guerrero, and others that are used mostly for driving through the city. Too much stop-n-go traffic on mission, people parking, etc. for an additional transit agency besides MUNI to operate there.

    I would also imagine if you got two smaller buses, instead of one massive bus, it might cause less traffic. Tech vitriol aside, how can anyone deny that these buses are just too damn big to drive on most of the streets they currently use.

    • Andy

      I would add, cross-town through the mission, Duboce and Cesar Chavez are the only streets suitable for them. Can we just be sensible and establish fewer hubs. Are tech workers too busy doing important, world-fixing work that they can’t ride a bike or take a public bus, or even walk to an only slightly farther, but more suitable location for their buses?

    • John

      Lots of other vehicles are as big as those tech buses e.g. trucks, tourist buses etc.

      I think size or weight limits are appropriate on some streets, but they should be based on size and weight only, and not on the function of those vehicles.

      • m

        No, they aren’t. The Google buses specifically (“Gbus to Mtv”) are the largest bus I’ve seen come through the city (tech, tourist, otherwise). The few buses or trucks that are relatively comparable in size tend to stick to maneuverable roads and aren’t stopping every 4 blocks.

        • John

          You must use different streets to me then, because I routinely see vehicles of a similar size.

          The google buses may be taller but that isn’t really a congestion issue. Their footprint and weight are fairly normal and well within allowable parameters for the wider SF streets like Mission and 24th..

          You should stand somewhere near the Cesar Chavez exit on 101 and watch the 16-wheelers coming off there if you want to see big and heavy.

          • m

            I’m speaking more toward the city as a whole, not so much the Mission. It is understandable that large freight trucks coming off 101 can cause an obstruction on occasion.

            I live on Haight St (tourist bus mecca) and it is always laughable seeing these gigantic, white eyesores attempting to maneuver their way around the haight and cole valley.

            This is not something I am up in arms about. Every time I see it, I laugh, sigh, and continue on with my day, which was the same response I had to this piece. I think most of us have come to accept the fact that, like it or not, the tech community is here and the city has drastically changed because of it. However, on the surface, with images like these, it’s comical (if only for a second)…and that is why I always enjoy these sort of posts (though they are obviously indicative of a much larger issue). But, yeah, “oversized bus carrying dozens of human laptops can’t make turn” will always make me laugh for a second or two.

  7. MissionRes

    Wow, this is the story that finally made me unsubscribe from reading this site. Any whiff of journalism has been replaced by inflammatory comment-baiting stories that offer no information of value to anybody and add nothing to the conversation that we could be having about issues in the mission. We’ll you got a comment out of me. Congrats.

  8. kdeff

    Newsflash: Bus makes multi point turn in crowded City street!

  9. poor.ass.millionaire

    Fuck, I hope the dufus that wrote this isn’t from Berkeley’s graduate school of journalism. What an embarrassment!

  10. Tom T

    Everyone here should stop commenting! It only encourages them to write more stories like this.

  11. Godzuki

    Funny. I like it. Emergency vehicles should always have priority.

  12. nfs

    Hmm. The double parking of congregants church vehicles on Saturdays, Sundays, and other nights of the week which has gone on for decades, is clearly illegal (Mt. Davidson Cross in SF and Mt. Soledad Cross in San Diego) as well as an impediment to emergency vehicles has never been addressed by Mission Local. Yet a moving Tech Bus getting around a Fire Truck gets an article?

  13. Pondshark

    What I find so ridiculous about previous comments is that these folks seemed to be relying on this site as journalism to begin with. Sharing news is not the same thing as journalism.

  14. Godzuki

    All news sites/stations/papers/shows/whatever are slanted and have agendas. That shouldn’t be “news” to you. If you don’t like it, get your information elsewhere.

    • John

      No, a serious, genuine, professional news source would not “slant” the news at all but rather present events in a dispassionate, objective, unbiased way.

      Example of biased reporting? The SFBG.

      Example of unbiased reporting? The BBC.

      I think the ML is trying to be unbiased but cannot resist going for some cheap ideological eye candy and fluff, like evictions and techies. Because ML knows that stories about greed and envy, whether true or alleged, sell print and garner eyeballs.

      • Godzuki

        Ideally, sure. But most are biased. I don’t expect objectivity, esp. with American media.

        • John

          It’s because people do not expect objectivity that they do not get it. But it is usually obvious when a news source is hopelessly biased.

          I don’t think that ML really has a political agenda, and that is a good thing. Rather they just know that cheap sentiments and broad generalizations excite people even when totally unfounded.

          Hence all this protracted nonsense about, say, a bus stopping at a bus stop.

  15. SummerOLove

    Why is everyone here so mean? Lack of real-name comments?

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