Ghost of the Valencia 26

I stumbled onto this slumbering beast parked on Valencia at the corner of Cesar Chavez.  It was one of those hybrid electric models but was completely shut down and dark, and almost looked to be abandoned.  I shivered as I realized that this used to be the old route of the now defunct, highly controversial Valencia 26 Muni line.  Oh shit, this must be a ghost!

I examined the silent hull more closely and noticed that at the very back of the dark bus sat a motionless ghost conductor, staring into space, at which point I got the heebie-jeebies and high-tailed out of there.  Maybe I would have investigated further had I not recently re-watched Event Horizon. Back in the safety of my room, a little research seems to indicate that this may just be an off-duty 12 or 27 (does anyone use those lines?), but I still consider myself lucky to have escaped alive.


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10 Responses to “Ghost of the Valencia 26”

  1. Tad Benton says:

    The 12 and the 27 are both awesome, but at least partly because no one seems to take them. The former offers a blazingly fast, transfer-free trip to North Beach. That is all.

    • Joshua says:

      those ones are rad but they get hella packed during rush out & then again when elementary school gets out. made a couple friends on those lines though, good times.

  2. Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

    man I miss the 26.

  3. boss_a_nova says:

    I miss 26 too.
    -actually, I always missed the 26, even when it was in service!

  4. SCUM says:

    The 26 was a great way to bypass the filth that rides the 14 and 49.

    • whir says:

      Yeah, and that’s exactly what we should be aiming for in a mass transit system – keep the masses away from it!

  5. Ryan says:

    Those buses (buses? busses?) are always there. They’re not the 12 or the 27, they’re actually for the 36 (quite possibly the most worthless bus route in North America).

  6. Jacques Couzteau says:

    Hey I use the 27 every day. Riding to work from Bernal to Soma. Bless the 27!

  7. johnny0 says:

    OMG I just saw that ghost bus a couple of hours ago. “The driver on the bus goes ooooooooooooo”

    ¡Viva Los veintiséis autobús fantasma!

  8. The greatest trick Muni ever pulled was in convincing this city that the 26 ever even existed.