A new documentary airing at Sundance and on The New York Times today chronicles the 22 VTA bus in San Jose, a 24-hour line that turns into an overnight refuge for the homeless. This unfortunate reality is something that San Franciscans know all too well, and we have even heard from long-time residents and drivers about homeless people riding public transit to keep warm. The documentary is powerful, even (or especially) without narration.
Filmmaker Elizabeth Lo is a student at Stanford and made the film about the bus route, which is known as “Hotel 22.” During the course of the evening, some of the riders get into an argument, and others mutter complaints, but the bus driver seemed unfazed and woke everyone up when they arrived in Palo Alto in the morning.
You can watch the documentary on The New York Times.
This Muni passenger is named Charlie, not to be confused with Skippy the Iguana, who was previously profiled alongside the fancy people in The Wall Street Journal. Charlie is also not to be confused with that slimy “Could switching to GEICO really save you 15% or more on car insurance?” gecko.
Muni rider Ramona snapped this photo of Charlie chillin’ in the back of the 6-Parnassus. I dig his icy glaze and no-fucks-given attitude. I only hope he will forgive the number of terrible puns I couldn’t resist making at his expense.
Want more Muni portraits of the non-humanoid variety? We’ve got more cuties on Muni this way.
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If naps have health benefits, these Muni riders are wasting no time in taking advantage of a little shut-eye. Besides, how sweet are these guys in the photo above, catching some Zs while waiting for the bus? (Photo by @sfgiff).
Here are 10 of the best sleeping positions we found of Muni riders getting comfortable on their commute. In fact, most of these peeps look so comfy, what are the chances they sleep through their stop?
10. This stylish gentleman manages to look dapper while dozing.
Photo by msjones_in_sf
BART stations have reopened after intermittently closing this morning as protesters swarmed Montgomery, Embarcadero, and Powell stations. According to the BART’s official Twitter feed, all trains are operating with five to 15-minute delays as of 9:59 a.m. today. SFGate reports that protests started around 7 a.m. at Montgomery Station. Protesters banged spoons against stopped BART trains, and moved from station to station. More from SFGate:
BART police officers made at least two arrests. A woman was arrested for standing in a train doorway at Montgomery, and a man was arrested there after striking a train with a metal spoon to make noise.
Activists said they wanted to shut down the stations to call attention to what they believe is the unfair prosecution of 14 protesters who have been charged by Alameda County prosecutors for allegedly halting BART service by chaining themselves to trains and each other at the West Oakland station.
Were you on the scene and what did you think of the protest (and the spoons)? Tweet us @bartdiaries.
Photo by alexaspace
You might have zoomed by this station a hundred thousand times and not realized that it is actually the oldest subway station west of Chicago. We found the website OriginSF, whose authors chose Forest Hill Station as their latest case study of San Francisco history. According to OriginSF, Forest Hill Station was built with a dose of foresight:
Forest Hill Station was opened in 1918. It began thanks to the former mayor of San Francisco, Aldoph Sutro, who owned real estate all over the city. Twelve years after his death, A.S. Baldwin, a real estate agent from Baldwin & Howell, was hired to allocate Sutro’s real estate assets. At the time, the Forest Hill area of San Francisco was underutilized, with space composed of sand dunes and grassy land; it was not a desired lot to purchase. But Baldwin, showing foresight, developed a corporation to buy the forest and then sell the land. Newell-Murdoch bought that land and then deeded 21 lots to the City of San Francisco for free, in order for the Forest Hill station to be built. Why? Because Newell-Murdoch was banking on Laguna Honda to be the next big development once a train was built to bring people there. And they were right.
Interesting tidbit: scenes from Dirty Harry and Milk were shot in this station. If you like history as much as we do (see: Muni Time Capsule), you’ll enjoy browsing through OriginSF.
Photo by OriginSF
A man went ape shit on the 30-Stockton while it was stopped on Kearny and Sutter during the week that wouldn’t stop raining. @sgsf on Instagram posted this video last week. As the man screamed threats at the bus, he managed to kick down the bus door, breaking the glass on the door. And that’s where the video stops. If you were there, let us know what you saw!