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BART to address the worst. sound. ever.


That’s right, that sound that peels paint off the walls and rends your soul from you body when you ride on BART might, might be on its way out.

According to a San Francisco Magazine piece, BART is hoping to address the infamous screeching sound as part of its track replacement this weekend.

The tube is getting new tracks—some were already replaced at the beginning of the month, when BART shut down transbay service for two days—and more will be replaced during a three-day closure over Labor Day weekend.

Replacing the loudest stretches of track in the tube with smooth new rails should make a difference (how much of a difference no one knows for sure, but we hope it will audible after September 7).

SF Magazine compares the sound to “a steel banshee gargling a chainsaw.” That works, but I think of it more as Satan with elongated fingernails of steel scraping a chalkboard that’s attached to your brain. Or something.

In any case, this sounds like good news to me. I expect my nightmares to subside in short order.

Read the full SF Magazine article here.

Photo by Jeremy Brooks

Upcoming art show honors Muni drivers


This weekend, SF artist Kurt Schwartzmann will put on a free show he calls “Yellow Line.” From the Facebook Event page:

[Schwartzmann’s 64] drawings were created to honor the Operators of S.F. MUNI who put up with SO much drama and still manage to keep our city moving, rain or shine. Media include Pen and Ink, Watercolor, Colored Pencil and Acrylic Pen on Watercolor Paper and Collage made from bus transfers, collected by the artist while drawing this series from February through July of 2015.

Exhibit times: Saturday August 29, 5pm – 9pm
Sunday August 30, Noon – 4pm
First Congregational Church of San Francisco, United Church of Christ
1300 Polk St, San Francisco
Facebook invite
Admission is free

We hear you about drama. And uh sorry about that.

New Shirt Combines Muni with My Neighbor Totoro

woot bear meowni diaries

Over at the Muni Diaries Facebook page, rider Debi shared this totally awesome shirt she saw at Woot Bear on Clement street. I stopped by the store last weekend and the shirt seems to be the biggest draw in the window! Though a plush pillow of a fallen tooth was pretty damn cute, too.

We first saw this Muni “catbus” in 2012, and now it’s a shirt you can proudly wear. This quirky take on Hayao Miyazaki’s cat bus from My Neighbor Totoro comes from artist Ben Seto. You can see more of his work at Black Sheep Comics (hint: lots of bunnies doing super hero stuff!)

Here’s the design close up:
mewni muni shirt close up

If you’ve never seen My Neighbor Totoro, you need to watch this video of the original cat bus arriving with freakish excitement.

Here are sore Muni shirts you might like:
Muni is your Mom
I love and hate Muni
Fucking Muni

Here’s the Most Compact DIY Muni Shelter Ever

diy muni seat

No bus shelter at your stop? No problem, say the good people of the Inner Richmond. Spotted at the corner of Clement and Second Avenue, someone made quick seating for those waiting for the inbound 2-Clement. The unfinished wood adds some hip ambience to this lonely Muni stop.

This unofficial Muni shelter seating joins the ranks of other seating improvements like this posh recliner, a random leather ottoman, and this wicker situation. But we gotta give major DIY handiness points to the creator of this mini Muni stop.

Bring your own chair on Muni, by the way, is a real meme around here.

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Well-behaved cat in a stroller on Muni is living our dreams


Here’s the most well-mannered Muni passenger and its owner living the ultimate cat-lady dream of owning a cat stroller. Muni riders Mike and Katie sent in this photo of an amazingly calm cat riding Muni while its human looked on dotingly. I’ve seen this man before at my local Starbucks in the mornings, enjoying his coffee while the cat watches the parade of Basics ordering venti skinny soy lattes.

We have more adorable (mostly) non-human creatures seen on Muni! And here are some urban cats who are working hard at making the internet a better place: pirate cat, punk rock catmusical cat, and leopard print car seat cat.