Taking “dadcore” to the next level, a group of dads in Bernal Heights hacked their 1991 Volvo station wagon into a Muni-themed race car and drove it around the track in a 16-hour race over the weekend. Why? More like, why not??!
“We’ve always raced Volvo wagons, which are obviously rather bus-like. But when it came time to build a new car, we ended up with an old Volvo that just happened to be… Muni gray. Once we realized that, it took about one nanosecond for everyone the team to agree that a Muni race car was the way to go,” says Todd Lappin, one of the Bernal Dads, whom you may also know from Bernalwood.
SF Beautiful and the SFMTA are once again calling for artists to submit their work for a chance to be featured inside Muni buses. The Second Annual Muni Art Project is calling for artists to submit original art that will be reproduced for display in 100 Muni buses, doubling the number of buses from last year’s project. A committee will pick finalists and we, the public, will get to vote for the winning artist.
Could self-driving Muni buses be in our future? San Francisco is among the seven finalists applying for a $50 million grant to change the future of transportation, according to the Examiner. Proposed in the plan are self-driving buses, driverless Lyft and Uber cars, and ideas for new affordable housing now that we can get more cars off the streets.
More from the Examiner:
Per The City’s plan, autonomous buses would be connected to each other via wireless technology to avoid collisions, shared bikes would dot The City, and taxis, Uber and Lyft vehicles would ferry commuters in groups without drivers.
The City would own a fleet of electric vehicles, and neighborhood shuttles would connect bus lines to homes in less dense outer neighborhoods.
This future may also include transforming parking garages into affordable housing.
Ultimately, at least 10 percent of San Francisco’s car use would shift to “sharing” rides, or taking transit.
The grant comes from U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx via the agency’s Smart City Challenge. The agency will be choosing the winning city in the next few weeks.
Storyteller Jesse James and his mom visited San Francisco years before he would eventually moved to the city, and Muni was a large part of the impression Jesse was left with. “All of my stories are on the 38, because it’s the lifeblood …”
Put on your earbuds and enjoy his story over lunch…or on your commute home. This story was recorded at Muni Diaries Live on April 16, 2016, at the Elbo Room. Did you know we’re always looking for storytellers much like yourselves? Pitch your own Muni story at firstname.lastname@example.org.