Muni Buses Failing En Route to San Francisco
|Blake Ritterman, Posole|
|San Francisco or bust!|
That was unusual.
"We wait for Muni all the time," says Rittman. "So, to see one in Wyoming was hilarious."
Whether his fellow San Franciscans will be waiting for this and a number of other new diesel-electric hybrid buses anytime soon is a pressing question. SF Weekly has learned that a handful of them failed en route from the New Flyer plant in St. Cloud, Minn., and were towed back to their maker.*
Muni spokesman Paul Rose confirmed that five of the buses -- price tag: approximately $750,000 a pop -- have conked out en route to San Francisco. He was unable to provide dates of the failures, but sources within Muni said this is problem that has arisen relatively recently.
The high-tech, pricey buses have not always been on their best behavior. Notably, one tapped to carry Mayor Ed Lee and other city luminaries 2.5 miles from the waterfront to City Hall in June failed to start -- even after making the trip all the way from St. Cloud.
Posole, meanwhile, is scheduled to return from its far-reaching tour for a show back in San Francisco, its home city, at Thee Parkside on Friday, Oct. 25.
Whether the multiple Muni buses they saw along the way will be joining them remains to be seen.