And there was much rejoicing: The city and its transit agency can beam at the gorgeous and expensive coaches New Flyer expediently provided, while BAE continues to perfect its hybrid drives. The future is more equivocal, however, for the riders on those impressively quiet hybrids — who'd never know or think to ask about the inner workings of these buses or how they arrived in San Francisco.

Muni, it turns out, has no magic to speak of.

Coach No. 8706 cruises through Wyoming, weeks before the Board of Supervisors' vote authorizing its manufacture.
Blake Ritterman
Coach No. 8706 cruises through Wyoming, weeks before the Board of Supervisors' vote authorizing its manufacture.
BAE's hybrid Ground Combat Vehicle. Per company boilerplate, the hybrid drive "provides the power needed to dramatically improve battlefield performance."
BAE Systems
BAE's hybrid Ground Combat Vehicle. Per company boilerplate, the hybrid drive "provides the power needed to dramatically improve battlefield performance."

Just tricks.

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Federale
Federale topcommenter

Communists are so stupid.  They keep thinking that government owned and run businesses are better for the people.  They are only better for the capitalists who sell junk to socialist governments. Stupid is as stupid does.

Cynthia McGarvie
Cynthia McGarvie

Sounds like they need a major organizational change initiative.

Manuel Francisco Seminario
Manuel Francisco Seminario

That's muni shady as always , I wouldn't be surpriced if instead of checking for tickets or bus fare on the clipper card that they actually are taking money away , and if you don't you get a huge fine. I wouldn't be surprised

sfreptile
sfreptile

Shouldn't we be buying American where ever possible?  Allison is a respected engine maker.  Was the company set up?  Everything in SF is smoke and mirrors. 

sebraleaves
sebraleaves topcommenter

Too many questions raised on this one:

How many times are city officials going to allow the SFMTA to kick them in the face before kicking back? 

What is the likelihood that nine out of eleven supervisors and their aides missed seeing and reviewing the documents?

How do you review a handshake contract?

Where were the buses being "kept" in Alameda prior to the supervisors signing off on the deal? 

How much did the SFTMA pay to store the buses, and what account did they use for this purpose?

Sierrajeff
Sierrajeff

Sorry, I just couldn't force myself through this faux-hip self-aware prose long enough to be able to comment intelligently on the article.

njudah
njudah topcommenter

The lack of honesty and competence at Muni's upper management is jaw dropping. Haley is a bullshit artist who has a long history of talk and double talk and he need to be fired along with a lot of others. 

ballew
ballew

@njudah  I went through the annoying sfweekly comment registration process to say this:


I've met with Mr Haley multiple times, and I think he is the busiest person at the SFMTA. He gets a lot done, and would be a colossal loss for the agency if he were let go. I'd like to hear what he has to say about the 50 buses that were pre-ordered before calling for the guillotine.


I've known about the drive train issues for some time on the Orions, and the vendor is on the hook for them. I'm not sure what to say about the New Flyer's, they are a pretty good vendor and between us and King's County they'll do the agency right.

 
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