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Muni: Where the rubber meets the … back door


Safety first, people, especially when it fits the color palette this well. Thankfully, this one was still in its wrapper and, say, not a discarded magnum draped over the railing. Not that that ever happened or anything.

Hat tip to Muni rider Karen for this, adding, “It’s always a party on the 5L.” If I knew it was that kind of party, I would’ve added my box of Franzia to the mix and put those motorized cable-car booze buses to shame.

Starfleet Rules Don’t Work on Muni

Update: Leonard Nimoy passed away at 83 yesterday. We wish him a peaceful journey, wherever the great bus in the sky takes him.

Original post, Sept. 18, 2012: These Muni newbies from the future just don’t understand.

See what happens when Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock stumble upon the loud headphone guys over at A Streetcar Called Taraval.

Another measles scare for BART riders


Just what we all needed to hear: People are still contracting measles and still spreading it on public transit in the Bay Area.

The latest possible contagion, reported this afternoon on SFGate, involves a Peninsula passenger who rode BART from Millbrae to SF last week. According to SFGate:

“The exposure is the second time this month that a person with measles rode BART, prompting a campaign to alert riders to possible exposure. In the most recent case, the individual got on a Richmond-bound train at the Millbrae Station at about 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 and got off at the Civic Center Station about 5 p.m.”

Two weeks ago, we told you about the first measles scare for BART riders, as well as some choice rider responses. What do you guys have for us this time?

Read the whole story on SFGate.

Photo by Daniel Parks

The happiest tweet about Muni pretty much ever


As much as people might like to vent about it, we managed to find what might be the happiest tweet that’s happened on Muni ever.

Muni rider Emily sent this very sweet moment our way: “A woman just proposed to her girlfriend on a crowded 24 bus. Couldn’t get a picture but it was really sweet.”

A proposal between two women on a crowded 24! Who says public transit is all kvetch?

Oh, and if you’re the lucky couple, please do send us your proposal story. The Muni Diaries inbox is hungry for some story nuggets!

Photo by @shannoninstagraham

Art depicts the future Muni Zombie Apocalypse


You have opinions about Muni drivers as a group, right? You wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t, I would guess. How are those opinions doing? Really?

Well, local artist Erika Chan sees Muni operators as human beings, and rightly so. They have families, needs, and hopes just like the rest of us. Also just like us, they are prone to the coming Zombie Apocalypse.

Erika depicted such an event in the art you see above. Good on ya, Erika.

You can buy Erika’s rad art at her Etsy store for, like, pretty effin cheap. Do eet!