Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Muni's Unreliable Oracle
The underground Muni Metro station at Civic Center is newly equipped with large flat screens that helpfully display maps and arrival times for inbound and outbound trains from various lines. However, they also feature a prominent warning, "Predictions may not be valid." On Saturday afternoon, that turned out to be a blessing, as it said the next N-Judah Outbound would be arriving in 16 minutes.
One minute later, the N-Judah Outbound display changed to 5 minutes, and the train actually showed up about three minutes later. Is this the deeply dysfunctional transportation agency's way of reminding us all that fate works in mysterious ways, and can never truly be predicted?