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From a tipster:

This is the third time I’ve seen the SFPD doing a sting operation pulling over people driving in the Buses Only lane on Third Street between Bryant and Brannan.

The same cop pulls someone over, gives a ticket, circles the block and waits for the next victim.

He is on at least his tenth ticket in the last two hours. Beware of driving in the Bus Only lane.

Is this a targeted effort intended for some specific purpose? Is a crackdown afoot? We’d love to tell you more, but neither the MTA nor (so far) the SFPD have any insight into what might be going on here.

Have you seen cops lying in wait for errant drivers in the transit only lanes, or been caught up in a Bus Only trap? Let us know.

the author

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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  • John Murphy

    “City just out to screw over drivers and use them as a revenue stream in 1…2…”

  • John Murphy

    “City just out to screw over drivers and use them as a revenue stream in 1…2…”

  • generic

    Yeah but… is that analysis wrong?

    I’ve lived here decade and have never seen it happen before.

  • generic

    Yeah but… is that analysis wrong?

    I’ve lived here decade and have never seen it happen before.

  • Alex Zepeda

    The MTA has already demonstrated that actually enforcing rights of way helped speed up the 1-California (and presumably the J, since that was the other pick). The added revenue is a bonus.

  • Alex Zepeda

    The MTA has already demonstrated that actually enforcing rights of way helped speed up the 1-California (and presumably the J, since that was the other pick). The added revenue is a bonus.

  • Becca Klarin

    Oh goody. Now could they go after those who run the light during rush hour at Folsom across 3rd?

  • Becca Klarin

    Oh goody. Now could they go after those who run the light during rush hour at Folsom across 3rd?

  • PhilD

    Good.
    It’s not a “It would be nice if you let buses use this lane” lane – It’s a god damn BUS LANE – how hard is that for people to understand?
    If I had my way we’d close down every other street to private car traffic and leave it open for buses and cabs.

  • PhilD

    Good.
    It’s not a “It would be nice if you let buses use this lane” lane – It’s a god damn BUS LANE – how hard is that for people to understand?
    If I had my way we’d close down every other street to private car traffic and leave it open for buses and cabs.

  • Burgos

    Getting busted for breaking the law doesn’t qualify as a sting, especially when there are HUGE friggin’ signs that say BUS LANE.
    After he gets bored with enforcing that law, I hope he gets busy ticketing all of the cellphone scofflaws – NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • Burgos

    Getting busted for breaking the law doesn’t qualify as a sting, especially when there are HUGE friggin’ signs that say BUS LANE.
    After he gets bored with enforcing that law, I hope he gets busy ticketing all of the cellphone scofflaws – NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • Erik

    A sting would be more like if there was some random person standing there waving cars into the lane. This is more like regular ol’ traffic enforcement.

  • Erik

    A sting would be more like if there was some random person standing there waving cars into the lane. This is more like regular ol’ traffic enforcement.

  • roberth

    Bus lanes are for busses ..
    In London they have cameras that enforce them 24×7
    People in cars that flout the law and/or ignore the signs should expect to pay a penalty …

    Bus lanes are for busses (!) ..

  • roberth

    Bus lanes are for busses ..
    In London they have cameras that enforce them 24×7
    People in cars that flout the law and/or ignore the signs should expect to pay a penalty …

    Bus lanes are for busses (!) ..

  • Josh

    Yes, there’s a motorcycle officer who stakes out the bus lane on Geary between Polk and Van Ness Ave.

  • Josh

    Yes, there’s a motorcycle officer who stakes out the bus lane on Geary between Polk and Van Ness Ave.