BART’s new mobile platform

iron board BART elligson

New features are coming to BART all the time, and rider @ellingson saw one just the other day. And, er, they’re still ironing a few things out*.

In case you know this gentleman, please do let him know that an ironing board is far from the weirdest item seen on BART or Muni! At least he hasn’t needed to transport a giant roll of bubble wrap, a harp, or a mattress, for that matter.
More strange cargo on Muni this way.

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*p.s. Pun courtesy of @sparkyrobot

Cranky Next Muni signs waiting for 3G

next bus broken sign examiner
Noticed all those Next Muni signs that says, “Registering…” just when you arrive at your bus stop? We saw one of the stops in the Mission that said, “waiting for 3G…”, and the Examiner confirmed that this is indeed what was happening.

From the Examiner:

The culprit is a systems migration for AT&T’s wireless networks, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which runs Muni. AT&T is moving away from its 2G networks and toward 3G, which has impacted some signs, according to SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose.

If you thought that we were actually already in the 4G age, you’re not wrong. Next Muni’s signs depend on the network for GPS information. As AT&T moves the signs toward 3G, it has impacted about 8 percent of signs across the city. The Examiner reports that SFMTA is working on restoring services to these signs.

Meanwhile, you can always relay on this most accurate Next Bus sign in the city.

Photo via SF Examiner

We can’t deny that there are Pokemon on Muni anymore

pokemon go muni allisonrenee_art

You’re officially an old if you’ve uttered or thought any of these sentences below in the last couple of days:

  • “Is a Pikachu a Pokemon?”
  • “What is a Pokemon?”
  • “From what I understand, the Pokemon game is a virtual reality app.”
  • “I thought Pokemon was a cartoon.”
  • “What do you get if you find a Pokemon?”

Still, I can’t deny the simple fact that there are indeed Pokemon to be found on Muni, as @allisonrenee_art pointed out. Here’s another one via @aeridea

pokemon on muni via aeridea

So there you have it. And if you’re worried about your personal safety while catching Pokemon, here is a great business idea that will help you in your quest!

Muni buses will finally get air conditioning

spitting

Muni buses are getting air conditioning for the first time, for, you know, those 10 days of the year when you don’t need to wear a hoodie. The SF Examiner reports that 98 of Muni’s 880 buses will get air conditioning by September, and the rest of the fleet will have air conditioning installed by 2018.

John Haley, director of transit at the SFMTA, said that operators voiced a need to cool the air in the buses. The cost of installing air conditioning is about $5.1 million, SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose told the Examiner.

I don’t know anyone with air conditioning in their homes, so I guess we’ll see you on the bus during our Indian summer?

Photo by stefan klocek

This dog is more civilized than most humans on Muni

dog sitting perfect muni diaries by thrifteye

How to sit gracefully: “Ease into your chair with your knees together. Keep your torso straight without leaning forward. While you will eventually cross your legs, the act of sitting down is identical to the one used for maintaining traditional ladylike posture.”*

Add: Drape your leash gently over your shoulder toward the direction of your human, taking care that there is enough room between you and his seat.

Thanks @thrifteye for this Muni moment. Here are all the amusing moments from the Muni zoo.

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*Source: Wikihow

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