Muni Bus Spotted in Wilds of Wyoming

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The Yellowstone Express!
The No. 29 bus, which will transport you from Baker Beach to Candlestick Park, is the longest route in the city. But it won't get you to Wyoming.

Yet, via an image currently wending its way about the internet with faster-than-Muni rapidity -- supposedly snapped by a musician touring through Wyoming -- we're presented with a Muni 9X bus touring the Cowboy State.

Well, Wyoming is a long way off. But St. Cloud, Minn. is further. Buses aren't created via transubstantiation but slapped together in factories. And the American outlet for Winnipeg-based outfit New Flyer is in lovely St. Cloud. A realization that becomes head-smackingly intuitive when given even a moment's consideration: The most efficient way to deliver a bus from the factory is simply to hop in and drive it where it needs to go.

See Also: New Bus Drove 1,900 Miles to Conk Out With Mayor Aboard

You might remember a fete for Muni's new hybrid buses in which one of the high-tech marvels failed to start with Mayor Ed Lee and other bigwigs aboard back in June. It turned out that the vehicle unable to carry Mayor Mustache 2.5 miles from the waterfront to City Hall already logged 1,900 or so miles hoofing it to this city.

New Flyer management told us that "98 percent" of their buses are driven to their destination cities. Third-party drivers hired to pilot the buses are bound by the same rules as interstate truckers: They can't drive for any more than 11 hours in any 24-hour period. What's more, Muni's new hybrid buses won't exceed 55 mph.

Hope they brought an iPod or something.

Our messages for Muni haven't yet been returned. And Wyoming isn't on the Google-approved route from St. Cloud to these parts. But it is directly between Minnesota and San Francisco, as the crow flies -- and, it turns out, as the Muni bus rolls.


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WyomingMakesSense
WyomingMakesSense

"And Wyoming isn't on the Google-approved route from St. Cloud to these parts."

 It is on the alternative route that's slightly shorter and avoids Yellowstone Park. Probably a good idea in a bus that can only go 55.

Jan Blum
Jan Blum

"Not in Service" Looking for a route around all the DPW and construction torn up streets in SF no doubt

mikejohnston339
mikejohnston339

Photo courtesy of Blake Ritterman from the San Francisco band Posole. Come see us play Thee Parkside on 10/25!!!

Mary Jo Denney
Mary Jo Denney

hahaha I was on the 29 the other day. Glad I got off at Baker Beach.

James Gowdey
James Gowdey

Headline almost made me spit my drink out.

Lawrence Shore
Lawrence Shore

Delivered a yellow school bus from Ontario, Canada out to Alberta one fine spring back when I was a college student. Picked up 26 hitchhikers along the way. Loved the look on their faces when I'd pull over and turn on the flashing red stop lights. There is great satisfaction in delivering a bus.

Sue E Hepner
Sue E Hepner

Used to travel across country every summer. Always saw many buses, fire trucks, etc en route to their official homes.

Peter Hixson
Peter Hixson

That is why I am still waiting at the bus stop.

joe.eskenazi
joe.eskenazi

@mikejohnston339 Go to the show! Thee Parkside on 10/25! 

And can the photographer give Joe Eskenazi a call at Four One Five, Five Three Six-Eight -One-Nine-Seven.

mikejohnston339
mikejohnston339

Just left you a message... Call Blake back whenever you get a chance :)

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