Tag Archives: muni

Late Night Bus, Early Morning Politics

A group of transit enthusiasts, some police officers, and a handful of activists and journalists walk onto a bus. I don’t know the punchline, but when I joined them last Friday night, it certainly seemed like some kind of joke. But it was in fact an event meant to draw attention to an important addition to the public transit system: The bus...

New Bus Proposed To UCSF Mission Bay Center

The Board of Directors of SFMTA will vote today on a new bus line running from the 16th Street BART plaza to the new UCSF Mission Bay medical center, which opens Febuary 1. Buses will run every 15 minutes, reduced to every 20 minutes during evening and weekend hours. Bus service is expected to begin by the medical center’s opening day. The...

Extra 25 Cents Irks Muni Riders Unhappy With Service

Muni’s 25 cent fare increase rolled out this week, leaving riders on Tuesday fumbling for an extra quarter as they boarded. And while for some the extra quarter was a nuisance, some were mad as hell. “F*** them. I’m on a low income. I’m stretched at $2 already,” said Keisha Jackson as she waited for her bus at 16th street....

Harassment on Muni and BART? Oh Yes

BART and Muni records of catcalling, groping, rape and other types of sexual harassment on stations and vehicles indicate that this public nuisance is rare. Only 12 incidents have been recorded in the past two years. BART’s numbers are even more impressive, with no incidents whatsoever in the Mission since 2012, and only 20 incidents in all of San Francisco....

There’s Nothing Like a Saturday Morning Shower

With its sky blue hue and playful design, this former N-Judah Muni bus is one shower on wheels that’s hard to miss. According to the nonprofit organization Lava Mae, there are only eight public places in the city for San Francisco’s 3,000 to 5,000 homeless to shower. Now, the Mission District’s most destitute can stay clean with the showers coming to them. The Lava...

Today in Google Tech Bus Protests…

Google Tech Bus protests: There was one, this morning, outside Arizmendi bakery, organized chiefly by Erin McElroy—aka “The Woman at the Heart of San Francisco’s Anti-Tech Gentrification Protests.” Looks like two tech buses using a Muni stop at 24th and Valencia were delayed by protesters with banners and bullhorns. Some of you might think the narrative of protesting the private shuttles that...

SFMTA Pilot Offers Little Change in Tech Shuttle Map

When the SFMTA’s new pilot program to regulate tech shuttles starts in August, few will notice much change as the pilot program will shift the location of some stops but will keep close to the same number of stops operating in the Mission. According to a map of proposed stops released by SFMTA, the program will remove six existing tech shuttle stops from the neighborhood, but it...

Up Until the 1970s, Muni Had Competition

Few would suspect that La Argentina Gift Shop, an odd sliver of a store at 3250 24th Street, is part of a small empire built on a piece of Mission District history: the private jitneys that filled San Francisco for a large part of the 20th century, ferrying riders all over town and competing against Muni. The jitneys seem particularly...

The Evening Commute? Walk If You Can

@6:33 Commuters tonight were divided between support for the drivers and anger toward them. Their views appeared to depend on their commuting experience. At 24th and Mission where the 48 moved slowly, commuters were unhappy and the drivers often became the focus of their ire. But at 16th and Mission streets where the 22 and 14 were moving pretty close...

3-Alarm Fire Near Duboce Park

  A fire broke out at a home on Walter Street near Duboce Avenue and spread to two other buildings. All firefighters responding to the scene are accounted for, but the roof of the first building has caved in. The fire was reported contained at 2:43 p.m. 3 ALARM FIRE (update): the main fire building’s roof has collapsed. 3rd alarm...

Big Changes to Muni Approved

  Today is a big day for Muni. This morning, all but one of the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors approved a massive project aimed at improving the efficiency and reliability of the city’s main bus system. The changes will begin this sumer. Called the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP), the approved proposal will increase Muni’s budget...

Google Wheels Roll On as Debate Continues

Monday’s protest that held up one private Google bus brought national media attention to the Mission and further intensified discussion about Silicon Valley’s impact on the Mission District and other San Francisco neighborhoods. For some within the company, the shuttle stop protest struck a personal chord. “We’re not all IPO’d, we’re not all millionaires, the cost of living is a...

Protesters Block Google Bus at 24th and Valencia Sts.

Protesters blocked a Google bus from leaving a MUNI bus stop in the Mission Monday, accusing Google and other tech companies of illegally using the city’s bus stops. Wearing neon yellow safety vests, 30 members of a group calling itself the San Francisco Displacement and Neighborhood Impact Agency chanted, “San Francisco, not for sale!” For some, the private shuttle buses...

VIDEO: Muni After Hours

Muni driver Roger Marenco is much more than meets the eye. Immigrating to the Mission from El Salvador as a teen, Marenco has been a bold presence in local and city-wide politics ever since. His latest project, commissioned rotating murals along a stretch of South Van Ness between 24th and 23rd, captures the strife and resilience of the Mission.