Massive power outage muddies Muni, BART commutes

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A major power outage is shutting down the north side of the city today, forcing the closure of Montgomery Street station for about two hours until a generator was brought in. In the photo above by @cgoodyjenks, the 1-California buses were stalled waiting for the power to come back on. PG&E said via Twitter that crews are working on the issue and expects power to be restored to “most” customers by 1 p.m.

Curbed posted some haunting photos of Montgomery Station before the power was back on. Read more

Muni Diaries Live returns to the Elbo Room tomorrow

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Our favorite night of the year is back tomorrow at the Elbo Room! We’re bringing back the Muni Haiku Battle after a hiatus (here are all our trophies from years past). The battle will pit current champion Baruch Porras-Hernandez against Irene Tu, who holds the title at the Dirty Haiku Battle at Tourettes Without Regrets.

You’ll also hear stories from San Francisco Chronicle reporter Vivian Ho, Bawdy Storytelling founder Dixie De La Tour, host of the I Don’t Even Own a Television podcast J. W. Friedman, and comedian and writer Na’amen Tilahun.

Our storytellers are ready with their only-in-SF tales. Advanced ticket sales just ended, but don’t despair, we will have some tickets at the door! Doors open at 6 p.m. See you tomorrow!

Graphic design by Craig Fowler.

BART’s very weird anti-creep PSAs

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Talking about creeps has landed BART in some hot water. In a tweet earlier this week, BART’s new PSA poster references a song by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke while advising riders on how to avoid creeps.

SFist called it “strangely tone-deaf” and that the ad implies “the responsibility lies with the victim to avoid disgusting or assaultive behavior, even though BART issued a longer statement denying that.”

Later, BART tweeted another PSA on how not to be a creep. But does saying “don’t be a creep” ever convince creeps to cease and desist? As a transit rider and occasional target, I think it’s sad we have to remind others to keep their hands to themselves.

May we suggest some additions like don’t light someone’s hair on fire and definitely don’t try to hump your fellow passengers, otherwise you might want to watch out for tasers?

Getting to and from AT&T Park: SF Giants fans’ transit guide

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The San Francisco Giants are back for the 2017 season. For those bleeding orange and black, foam fingers in tow, squished into Muni and BART while daydreaming of their pregame pregaming, here’s everything you need to know about getting to and from the game:

Via the SFMTA:

Transit

The following Muni service is available to and from all home games:

E Embarcadero (service ends at 6 p.m.)
T Third
N Judah
Metro Ballpark Shuttles
10 Townsend
30 Stockton
45 Union/Stockton
47 Van Ness
Baseball fans may purchase round trip Muni transfer tickets at the east end of Embarcadero Station near the Muni station agent booth two-and-a-half hours prior to the start time of the game.

One-way Muni transfers can be purchased at the AT&T Park ticket windows located at 2nd and King streets and Willie Mays Plaza. Transfers will be sold starting two hours before the game until the game begins, and again from the beginning of the 7th inning until 30 minutes after the game.

Additional Muni Metro “baseball shuttles” will supplement existing N Judah and T Third service to the ballpark.

The additional service begins two hours prior to the game and continues until approximately 20 minutes after the start of the game.

SFMTA parking control officers (PCOs) will help fans get to and from the game. Prior to each game, PCOs are deployed to key locations around the ballpark to facilitate pedestrian safety, efficient movement of transit vehicles and other traffic.

More details about Muni service to AT&T Park, including connections from other Bay Area transit systems, can be found at the SFMTA website. Regional transit information for BART, Caltrain and the ferries as well as traffic is available on the 511 website.

Photo by our favorite chocolatier, @noshthis.

How I dress on Mondays

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How many times do you wish you could just do this at work? Like, “don’t look at me, I haven’t had coffee,” and then just pull out your blanket from under your desk and make everything go away. Thanks to @kevinkelleherphotography on Instagram for submitting this photo.

Got other important news for your fellow riders? Tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Our email inbox muni.diaries.sf@gmail.com is always open!

Muni Diaries Live is back this Saturday, April 15 at the Elbo Room! All the best stories live on stage, and we are bringing back the haiku battle! Tickets on sale.

SFPD arrests suspect in new ‘Muni humper’ case

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Less than 24 hours after we reported the case of a man who was sexually assaulting women on Muni by rubbing himself against them, the police made an arrest in the case. There were at least four victims in the case, and one of them had commented with her own horrifying account in our original post yesterday.

The San Francisco Examiner reported yesterday that “additional police officers were directed to ride the N-Judah between downtown stations and the avenues.”

SFBay’s Jerold Chinn saw police officers riding on the N yesterday afternoon and tweeted the photo above.

According to SFPD spokesperson Grace Gatpandan, an office from the Taraval Station met with one of the victims yesterday and disseminated the photo of the suspect to Muni Division officers.

More from the SFPD:

Richmond Station officers were able to identify the suspect. Park Station officers located the suspect at Carl and Stanyan Streets and took him into custody without incident. The suspect, a 45 year old white male, is being charged with multiple misdemeanors including sexual battery, sexual battery on public transportation,‎ continuing offense of public nuisance and one felony count of false imprisonment.

The police has not released the name and photo of the suspect, and asks that anyone with more information about the case call the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the beginning of the message.

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