Muni Diaries is your slice of life in San Francisco: where anyone can share a story or photo about the great or not-so-great stuff happening on the bus.
This is an independent website unaffiliated with any transit agency. We really are just a ragtag group of Muni riders who love the ups and downs of our public-transit system.
Why we do it
Fingernail clipping. A public-transit pickup going awkwardly awry. Finding Ms. or Mr. Right on the bus. Experiencing the kindness of strangers from drivers and riders alike. Holding your tongue (or not) during a fight. We’ve all told these stories to the boss, the dinner party, the spouse, and the roommates. Muni Diaries is your forum to tell the world.
This is for the love-hate relationship between 800,000 San Franciscans and one public-transit system. Because whether you love Muni or despise it, we are all in this together.
Who is Muni Diaries?
You! You are the contributor, the diarist, and the documenter of this cultural force in city life. We editors (below) keep the website wheels turning.
Stay in touch:
- Twitter: @munidiaries | @bartdiaries | @caltraindiaries | @actdiaries
- RSS (if you use Google’s Chrome browser, you’ll have to add the site in your RSS reader manually)
- Flickr group pool
- Muni Diaries YouTube channel
- Or just begin telling your Muni stories today.
Work with us:
Want to sponsor an event? Have a cool collaboration idea? Email us for a media kit and rates. We’re always looking for more ways of connecting with our community.
The Muni Diaries Crew:
Laura has had the helm of @caltraindiaries since approaching us with a great Caltrain story at a Muni Diaries Live event in 2009.
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Laura’s first public transportations experiences were with the VTA (that’s Valley Transit Authority in the Peninsula) and Caltrain. Little did she know she’s end up taking Caltrain from San Francisco to Palo Alto, from Palo Alto to San Francisco, over and over again as a adult. Luckily the latter trips came with a smart phone and the know-how to always tag off.
When she’s not on the train, Laura helps market the Internet (yay tech bubble), runs from one neighborhood to the next and tries to determine which is better: Humphry Slocombe or Bi-Rite. She’s also currently working on perfecting a pizza dough recipe.
Let’s get this out of the way right from the jump: Ed’s not from around here. In a gradually escalating path toward city-ification, he has gone from a small town (population 560, but he suspects they were counting house cats and major kitchen appliances in that census), to a sleepy college town (where he learned to drink), to an East Bay suburb (where he learned to drink and hate the suburbs), and finally into the big scary city (where he learned to love. No… not really).
A survivor of five years of the daily Concord to San Francisco BART run, Ed has witnessed all of the finer points of BARTing up to and including occupying multiple seats with bags of smelly, drippy take-out, nail clipping (fingers and toes), passed-out drunks, terrifyingly conscious and talkative drunks, and overall societal breakdowns that made him question the very existence of human decency. Ed is tired.
When not shouting at the Giants or the birds on his fire escape, Ed puts stuff on the internet at BART Don’t Lie and A Guy With Some Marvel Cards. If you’ve read this far you will probably enjoy following Ed on Twitter. Ed likes comic books, baseball on the radio, Irish whiskey, and people who resist the urge to make “long walks on the beach” jokes when they list things that they like. Ed also likes you. He thinks that you’re just great.
Craig joined Muni Diaries in the summer of 2012 to redesign the Muni Diaries website, as well as other promotional materials. Craig lives in the Mission and relies entirely on Muni. Within three days of moving to San Francisco in 2007, he received a Muni ticket and found himself in court disputing it a week later. He received another ticket on his birthday, but it was thrown out by a very nice police officer. Now, his day job pays for his transportation and Craig rides Muni entirely legally. When he’s not busy designing, he can be seen playing rock and roll music, cooking nearly edible food at home, and never dancing.
To see more of his great work, and to inquire about projects, check out craigfowlerdesign.com.
One of the co-founders of Muni Diaries, Eugenia spends her days and nights exploring the nooks and crannies of blogging for companies big and small. In a previous life, she had been a reporter and editor at New America Media and a some-time commentator for 91.7 KALW. Her work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, KQED, and San Francisco Magazine. When she’s not in front of a computer, you can find her busily wiping her hands with Purell and eavesdropping on the 47, 49, or 1.
On these Muni lines, she has been delighted by: grandparents taking their kids to day care in Chinatown, hipsters with awesome shoes, a cute little kid who played peek-a-boo, a man carrying a bearded dragon and a 40 in a paperbag, and a sign that said, “Please Love Back.”
One of Muni Diaries’ co-founders (along with Eugenia), Jeff spends most of his days writing and editing online courses for a local art school. (See Tara — yes, same job. No, they didn’t meet on the job. Not this job, anyway.) He used to write and copy edit for a newspaper and a handful of magazines and other printed, dead-tree publications. But, feeling buoyed by his move to the internet, hopes never again to lend himself to such wanton destruction of nature and causes of litter on city streets.
In all seriousness, though, Jeff enjoys reading and editing just about anything. He likes dogs. He likes baseball. He likes getting out of town. He likes tasting copious amounts of beer and wine, and eating good food. He recently decided that pizza wins over nachos. Close call.
In May of 2009, Jeff asked Tara (see below) to marry him. Oddly and miraculously, she said yes. They tied the knot in August 2010 in San Francisco. Muni Diaries mentions during wedding toasts were in no way paid for, influenced, nor suggested by the newlyweds.
The 49, that is his line.
Jeff’s Bold Local write-up on The Bold Italic
Jeff as Broke-Ass Stuart’s Broke-Ass of the Week, May 2009
When Tara’s not fiddling with the back end (TWSS) of this site, piloting our Facebook Page, or downing a Manhattan before emceeing Muni Diaries Live, she writes and edits things for fun and profit. Those things include online curriculum at a San Francisco art university and other stuff you can read on a screen. Once upon a time, she wrote and reported for print pubs like the San Francisco Examiner and the San Mateo County Times, priming her well for public-transit minutiae and governmental idiosyncrasy. Does she like anything other than this little media empire and whipping words into shape? You bet she does: dinners out, wine, bourbon cocktails, pets, and travels near and far.
Like you, Tara has a tepid relationship with Muni. Find her multi-touching her phone or staring out the window on a 49-Van Ness/Mission, 47-Van Ness, 8BX-Bayshore “B” Express, or F-Market/Wharves. Wait…do you hear that? It’s the sound of her running toward the bus in a pathetic attempt to get somewhere on time.
Logo and bus illustration in our masthead by Suzanne LaGasa.