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.

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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

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