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Your (Wet) Weekend Transit Advisory: Men’s Health Urbanathlon, Sunset Tunnel re-railing, N-Judah signals

Athletic Association Event

On Saturday: The San Francisco Gaelic Athletic Association event will take place at San Francisco Gaelic Fields on Treasure Island.

A street closure of Avenue “H” between 11th and 13th streets will be required from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday.

The 108 Treasure Island Muni route will be affected.

For details of Muni re-routes, please visit http://www.sfmta.com/news/alerts.  This website will be updated when it is closer to the event date.

Men’s Health Urbanathlon

On Sunday: The Urbanathlon Race will start and finish at Lot A of AT&T Park. The race will begin at7 a.m.

For more event details, please visit www.menshealthurbanathlon.com.

Street closures will be required throughout the race area. Local business and residential access will be allowed with possible delays.

From 6 a.m., Thursday to midnight, Sunday:

  • Terry Francois Boulevard between 3rd and China Basin streets

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Left Behind on Muni: Feminine Hygiene Edition

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For the uninitiated, including certain male editors who thought this was a tampon, allow me to clarify for you. Now that that’s out of the way, I think we can all agree this could have gone far, far worse for all involved.

I maintain that it’s not as weird as the discarded tampon applicator found on Muni a couple years ago, about which I went into completely necessary analysis of the why and the how.

It’s just also somehow worse in the rain. A little parting thought for y’all.

h/t Muni rider Karen: “Ma’am, you dropped something…”

Now you can protest Muni citations online

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Photo by Wayan Vota

You spend all your time online anyway.

SFMTA today announced a new online platform for protesting Muni fare-evasion tickets.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), recently launched a new portal that allows customers to protest parking and transit violations online at www.sfmta.com/protest.

So, next time you feel wrongly cited, don’t bother mailing things (snoozefest) or, god forbid, going to Muni headquarters to protest. No, now you can simply use this new site to let your protest fall into the ether and disappear forever. Or, at best, be denied. Or maybe approved? Best of luck.

Read more at SFMTA’s website.

BART redecorates, ditches old schedules and maps

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Yesterday was apparently BART’s big schedule and map purge. We didn’t immediately notice the difference between the old maps and the new ones that have replaced them, but BART rider Eric Fischer noted on Twitter that there was less glare and Caltrain was now properly capitalized (see below). Either way, we’re glad to see that the old maps were recycled, if they aren’t gonna give them away to transit geeks. BTW, know any?

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Photo by Eric Fischer

NYC to clamp down on big-balls-riding dudes

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Photo by davitydave

Spread-nuts-shaming is about to become real, you guys. Buzzfeed has story of New York City’s plan to combat this terrible scourge on society:

“The MTA, which manages New York City’s subways and buses, will launch an awareness campaign in January to stop people from taking up too much space on the seats.

“The campaign, in part, will target man spreaders: people who spread their legs wide open, even on crowded trains, MTA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz told BuzzFeed News.”

Your only excuse is that you’re saving room down there for a cat.

Also, NYC’s MTA will target ball-spreaders’ partners in terribleness: people who don’t take their backpacks off on crowded transit vehicles. Hooray!

Finally. New York follows a less-official attempt to stanch this behavior in Boston in 2009. Will SFMTA follow suit? We can only hope.

Read the full story on Buzzfeed.