Two of our favorite true San Francisco characters are expressing TransLink affection — it’s a harmonic convergence!

First, we have Akit, who was surprised to receive a TransLink-themed t-shirt, flash drive and note from the MTC. “Somehow they also have my address” Akit noted (in a tone a little less freaked out that ours would have been). All this loot because of his vocal support of TransLink. (What about the rest of the Transmen, MTC?)

Then, we hear from the Appeal’s Chris Roberts, toiling away at this morning’s Rules Committee meeting :

Chris: Daly just said he uses Muni only 3-4 times a month. He bikes a lot, and uses TransLink. I wish I snagged a photo, he was waving his TransLink card around.
me: Does he like TL? What’s he saying?
Chris: who, Daly? I’m sure he would say he loves the TL.
me: TransLink
Chris: OOOH, yeah he likes TL
me: Daly Loves Everything TL

Apparently, in a discussion* with Bicycle Advisory Committee candidate Rachel Ebora (currently the Community Development Coordinator at Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center), Supervisor Daly asked Ebora if she had a car. She said she didn’t, that she bikes and uses Muni and BART. Perhaps mistaking Daly for a fare inspector, she then took out her BART card and FastPass to show the Board.

Daly’s response? Oh, I don’t do FastPass, I do TransLink, but I prefer to bike.

Which, of course, makes sense; if you’re only riding Muni 3 or 4 times a month, unless you’re also a intra-city BART power user, a FastPass is a waste of dough. But we’re still seeing this as a near-endorsement of TransLink, a system that continues to get raves. Summer can’t come soon enough!

*If you care: 090436 [Appointment, Bicycle Advisory Committee]
Hearing to consider appointing one member, term ending November 19, 2010, to the Bicycle Advisory Committee.Seat 9, succeeding Mark Hostenpiller, term expired, must be a nominee of District 9 Supervisor, for unexpired portion of a two-year term ending November 19, 2010. 4/7/09, RECEIVED AND ASSIGNED to Rules Committee. 1 seat / 1 applicant Rachel Ebora, seat 9

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Greg Dewar

    Translink so far has been a pretty good deal, and I am glad to hear that soon you can use a monthly-pass’d TL card on BART for free rides within SF like you can with a regular pass. The moment that happens it’s good by paper passes.

    For now I bought one for my brother who uses MUNI once or twice a week when he’s in town. He likes it and it makes it easier for him to do the Bart/MUNI transfer, and it’s one of those things that works, and yet you wonder why it took decades and herculean efforts and billions of dollars to work.

    No matter- it works, please MUNI MTA BART and Everyone Else – DON’T FRAK IT UP!

    PS: one benefit to monthlies is that you can ride cable cars as much as you like for free. So if you get one when you have out of town friends in visiting, you can give it to them and let ’em go nuts with it!

  • Greg Dewar

    Translink so far has been a pretty good deal, and I am glad to hear that soon you can use a monthly-pass’d TL card on BART for free rides within SF like you can with a regular pass. The moment that happens it’s good by paper passes.

    For now I bought one for my brother who uses MUNI once or twice a week when he’s in town. He likes it and it makes it easier for him to do the Bart/MUNI transfer, and it’s one of those things that works, and yet you wonder why it took decades and herculean efforts and billions of dollars to work.

    No matter- it works, please MUNI MTA BART and Everyone Else – DON’T FRAK IT UP!

    PS: one benefit to monthlies is that you can ride cable cars as much as you like for free. So if you get one when you have out of town friends in visiting, you can give it to them and let ’em go nuts with it!