SFMTA: Undercover and uniformed police lead to drop in Muni crimes

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Do you feel safer on Muni lately? Crime on Muni has dropped 18 percent from February 2015 to February 2016, according to SF Police Department Lieutenant Tim Paine. In a report by the SFMTA, the SFPD’s Muni Task Force, Muni Enforcement Team, and K-9 unit are using a combination of uniformed and plain-clothed officers on Muni to dissuade crime.

Wait, undercover police office on Muni? Here’s more from the report:

The Muni Task Force, or MTF, consists of plain clothes police officers who conduct covert and overt operations. They ride the lines as undercover officers doing active crime enforcement to target pickpockets, narcotics dealers and other illegal criminal behavior known to plague certain Muni lines and bus stops. Muni Task Force members also handle follow-up investigations where necessary.

The SFPD says that surveillance cameras on Muni buses also provide them with photos “as clear as a high school yearbook picture” of suspects, whom the police then distribute across the department.

Still, fighting, vandalism, and theft remain the top three illegal activities on Muni vehicles in February 2016, according to Paine. So keep your eyes up and your phones down, everybody.

Photo by torbakhopper

Your Weekend Transit Advisory: Hayes Valley Urban Air Market, How Weird, Sunday Streets Dogpatch, construction

Hayes Valley Urban Air Market

Sunday, May 1: The Hayes Valley Urban Air Market will be held between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The following street closures will be required from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

  • Octavia Street between Fell and Grove streets
  • Linden Lane between Octavia and Gough streets

There will be no impact on Muni service.

How Weird Street Faire

Sunday, May 1: The annual How Weird Street Faire will be held from noon to 8 p.m. on Howard and 2nd streets. Heavy pedestrian traffic is expected in the area. Event participants are encouraged to take public transportation to the event.

The following street closures will be required from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.:

  • Howard Street between 1st and New Montgomery streets
  • 2nd Street between Mission and Folsom streets
  • Intersections: 2nd Street at Howard, Tehama, Minna and Natoma streets

The following Muni routes will be affected:

  • 10 Townsend
  • 12 Folsom Pacific

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Video: 16th Street BART Station Cellist Killing It

Does anyone know this cellist at the 16th Street BART station? I’ve seen him a handful of times and finally got a quick clip this weekend. I also love this quartet at Powell Street station. And for a different flavor, here’s Adrian rocking out at Powell station too.

Thanks, Mr. Cellist, for making our day!

Doves keep crying for Prince in Muni graffiti

Kind of looks like Kurt Vonnegut drew this… #muni #sfmuni #graffiti #ripprince #prince

A photo posted by Lance Eason (@lanceblastoff) on

Heaven will never be the same now that Prince has joined the ranks, and the mourning continues down here on Earth for The Purple One. Thank you @lanceblastoff for snapping this Kurt Vonnegut-esque graffiti on Muni. We’re still playing that bit of “Kiss” from the one-woman band/mime at Muni Diaries Live, and hoping that raspberry beret will always have a special meaning.

By the way, out of all the Prince live show clips, this one from Afropunk will really blow your mind as Prince kicks serious ass on every single instrument on stage.

BART seat hogs will be fined up to $500

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Attention, inconsiderate people: BART just voted to fine riders who take up more than one seat during commute hours. BART director Joel Keller proposed the policy, which he says was prompted by seeing a rude young rider on BART.

Here’s how the fines will work, according to the San Francisco Business Times:

The board voted 5 to 4 to enact the measure, which will fine riders who are caught using more than one seat $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second and $500 for repeat offenses. It will be enforced during BART’s peak hours, 6 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays.

The San Francisco Business Times also says that “the new rule will go into effect once the BART police develop an enforcement policy that is approved by the board,” so it could be a little while before you see the policy in action.

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