4 New Unofficial Rules on Muni

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Photo by Lynn Friedman

According to you guys on Twitter, there are some new important unofficial rules on Muni.

1. Don’t ever ask why it smells like rotten fish. (via @meganjelene)

2. When the bus is empty, for god’s sake, don’t sit next to someone. (@ericshin)

3. Summer officially begins when tourists take Muni to Fisherman’s Wharf (@c_vogelsang)

4. People who talk on speakerphone on Muni are the worst (and will be publicly shamed?). (@KaiKronfield)

What’s your Muni fight club rule? Inquiring minds want to know!

Mystery face sculptures found at Muni bus stop

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Photo by danny_frield

Have you seen those strange smiling plaster faces around town, popping up between bike racks and on sidewalks? There’s one in FiDi on Sutter between Kearny and Montgomery, one along Clarion Alley, and one that Bernalwood‘s neighbor Ned saw all over Cortland Avenue. Now we’ve found another one at a Muni stop in Noe Valley, courtesy of danny_frield.

Spoiler alert: MissionLocal says that the smiling faces are by artist Bruce Hallman, and you can take one home if you’d like!

What’s going on at the Powell Street Central Subway site?

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Photo by Corey Lappier

Now that the tunnel-boring is complete, what’s going on at the Central Subway construction sites? We’ve seen the cranes dangling ever so close to the department stores nearby, and crews putting together what looked like enormous metal beams. I stopped by to ask one of the construction workers, who told me that they were putting together piles (a post-like foundation) to support the station walls. The piles will be driven into the ground to bear the weight of the soil around the stations.

Starting this Friday, July 11, through the weekend, you’ll see the pile installation on the corner of Stockton and O’Farrell Streets. SFMTA says that construction work will be in progress around the clock until Monday, July 14, at 5 a.m.

The Central Subway segment of the T-Third line is slated to open in 2019.

Mayor’s Car Found Parked in Muni Zone

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Photo via David Black on Streetsblog SF

Mayor Lee’s car was seen parked in the Muni zone while he stepped out to grab a bite in Diamond Heights, Streetsblog SF reports.

David Black sent in photos of the car, as well as a Muni bus which pulled up to the stop and was forced to load riders away from the curb. Luckily, no Muni passengers in wheelchairs were unable to board due to the situation. Black said that Lee, and several people who appeared to be staffers, waited in line behind him at the taqueria.

The police officer who drives the Chevy Volt for the mayo “will be admonished,” the Mayor’s Office told Streetsblog.

For future reference Mr. Mayor, La Corneta Taqueria, which is the restaurant where the mayor and his staff were seen standing in line, is easily accessible by BART.

The Real SF Parents’ Guide to Taking Your Kids on Muni

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Photo by Leanne Maxwell

Bringing up urban kids has its own challenges, and riding public transit with kids probably ranks high on the list. As one parent on Twitter said, “Almost every time I take the kids on Muni, there’s a surprise which requires an explanation.” (we see what you meant, Mark!). We asked a few San Francisco parents for their tips on taking kids on Muni, and they’ve got some golden advice here.

These parents recommend that you start riding Muni with your kids when they’re young so that they can learn how to navigate the system. And when they’re older, teach them how to be independent and how to deal with potential creepy situations on the bus. Here are their tips for taking your children on Muni, based on the kids’ ages: