Muni driver reportedly assaulted via skateboard to the head

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Pic by Flickr user Paul Sullivan
Muni rider Sloane sent us a harrowing story about a driver vs. passenger assault on Muni, which took place on her 47-Van Ness on Tuesday afternoon. From her public (shareable) Facebook post linked above:

…all of a sudden, the skater hits the driver in the head with his board, hard. People are crowding around and he yells some shit I can’t hear and then skates away. The man sitting behind me took a video, sent it to the police and was on the phone reporting it. We all exit the bus and the driver is sitting up front, gushing blood and in shock, trying to reach someone over the radio.

SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose confirmed the incident, which took place at 4pm Tuesday at Van Ness and Bush on an inbound 47. The Muni operator suffered lacerations to his forehead and was taken to Kaiser.

Rose tells us SFMTA is pulling video from the bus to help aid SFPD in its investigation.

This isn’t the first time in recent past a Muni driver suffered fight-related injuries on the job. And it won’t be the first or last time we remind everyone to stay safe — and to remember that a being a Muni operator can be a rough job. We’ll end with some too-true words from Sloane’s post: “I have no idea what instigated this but assaulting a public servant is really damn shitty.”

 

The future is now (er, next year): Sneak peek at new Muni trains

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Starting next year, you might see a few of the new light-rail trains on your commute, and SFMTA has just released photos of what these trains look like! Squee. It’s so the future.

SFMTA is set to replace all the trains by 2028, which seems a long ways away. But the first of four initial trains are in production now, scheduled to arrive by the end of this year for testing in real life in 2017.

Why are these trains better? According to the SFMTA:

Compared to our current fleet, which started service in 1996, the new Siemens trains should be much more reliable. The new trains have systems that are proven to go significantly longer in between breakdowns and, therefore, require less maintenance. The new Siemens design is projected to run an average of 59,000 miles without breakdowns, which is more than double the minimum of 25,000 miles originally specified.

Officials also said that the new trains would have a lot fewer problems raising the steps up and down. So, yay!

Take another look:
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H/t: SFist
Photo via SFMTA

Life imitates SF Municipal Railway tokens

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Art often imitates Muni — and how!

Pic above and token design by @teddyhose on Instagram, who says this pin was designed for Mission Comics & Art — $10 a pop.

Look familiar? If so, it definitely dates you, in a good way.

Like our beloved paper Fast Passes, San Francisco transit ephemera like SF Municipal Railway tokens warm even the most hardened local’s heart. You used them to get on the bus once upon a time, before the BEEP and EH-EH of Clipper machines rang in our heads.

Share and share alike on Muni Diaries’ social channels (FB, Twitter, Insta) if you’re itching to drop some local transit history.

Dear Girlboss producers: Can we have fake SF’s fake bus shelters?

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Whoa, it’s a brand-new Muni stop that’s spotless and, dare I say, cozy?

LOL, of course it’s not real, you guys.

h/t Muni enthusiast Thea, who spotted it in the Lower Haight and says it’s a prop from the filming of Girlboss, a Netflix series based on a memoir by Sophia Amoruso.

Oh, the intersection of Real San Francisco — can you imagine a 22-Fillmore emptying at this little shelter? — and Fake San Francisco from the tee-vee, which is usually not much of an intersection at all. Remember HBO’s Looking?

But look ma, we’re on TV!

‘Nowhere in Particular’: Art by Driver Doug on view now

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Were you lucky enough to learn the ins and outs of driving a Muni bus when Driver Doug graced the stage at Muni Diaries Live not once, but twice? No? Well, lemme just tell you, you missed out. Dude has the best insights on how to drive and ride the bus in San Francisco. He’s also written books on the topic.

Now, he’s showing the photos that the art in those books is based on. Here are the details:

Nowhere in Particular: Art by Driver Doug will be showing August 18th through September 19th at the Castro Country Club, 4058 18th Street.

A word from the artist:

“It’s been three years since “The Dao of Doug: The Art of Driving a Bus” has been published and I have learned so much about editing, marketing, podcast and audio recording. So I thought, what is the next best thing I can do to put myself out there and show my creative self to you? The answer came back through my friends in recovery. Post an art show of wall art from photos used as illustrations in my book mixed with natural scenes of beauty from places visited when I’m off the bus and away from traffic. 

On the wall are canvas wrap and semi-gloss photo prints of various sizes jam packed on a wall like cars on a freeway. I hope you like the images I have selected and let’s talk. I hope to create an opportunity to hang wall art at a reasonable price. 8″ x 10″ prints start at $50, with larger print collage semi-gloss photo frames of 20″ x 30″ available for $200.”

Photo by Kevin Wong

9 puppies who were the highlight of your Muni ride

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Here at Muni Diaries, we’re not too proud to admit our frequent weakness for dogs. Put your “muzzle your pet” trigger finger away, because here are nine pups who are way better than humans, ready to make your day, all from the Muni Diaries Instagram submission inbox.

Rock out with your tongue out.

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