Video: Hot Day? Enter the Subway Spa

Here’s something that us lucky San Franciscans rarely experience: 95 degree heat on the subway platform. The New York subway platform is at least 10 degrees hotter than it is outside, so on a balmy 85-degree day, poor New Yorkers endure 95-degree heat while waiting for the train. In this video, the ever-so-cheery actors at Improv Everywhere embraced the heat and turned the subway platform into a spa. Watch what happens when cranky riders happen upon an impromptu spa, with heated rock massages and infused water.

No BART to the East Bay This Weekend

bay bridge by jlotto415

Going to the East Bay this weekend? Don’t try to take BART there. In case you missed all the posted signs at BART stations (and here), BART is closing transay train service this weekend to repair tracks near the Transbay tube, so plan on taking AC Transit or the ferry if you must get out of the city. The West Oakland station will be closed and trains will not run between West Oakland and Embarcadero.


BART will offer lifeline bus service between 19th Street in Oakland and the Temporary Transbay Terminal in San Francisco, but the buses are intended only for those who have no other options. The buses will carry customers from 19th Street Station in Oakland to the Temporary Transbay Terminal in San Francisco (a 2 block walk to the Embarcadero Station) or from there back to the East Bay. There will be no additional charge for the bus. The bus bridge will cause 1 to 2 hour delays for some customers.

Accommodations will be available for people with disabilities.

There will be some shuttle buses from West Oakland Station, which will be closed, to the 19th Street Station for West Oakland area residents only. These shuttles will pick up and drop off during BART operating hours and will be on 15 minute headways, departing both sides (West Oakland and 19th Street) at quarter hours. No fares will be collected on this neighborhood shuttle for West Oakland residents. We are not able to keep West Oakland Station open during this work because we can not easily turn trains around from that station. With only two tracks, there would be very significant delays in the East Bay if we attempted to run trains through West Oakland during the work.

Service will resume August 3. BART plans another closure to repair the tracks over Labor Day weekend.

Photo by jlotto415.

Spontaneous photoshoot features two ballet dancers who met on Muni

dance lessons on muni

Allison DeBona is a dancer and first soloist with Ballet West. When serendipity put her together in the same Muni Metro with another dancer, of course they spontaneously put together a dance photoshoot on the bus! From Allison:

“When a nice (random) lady decides to direct you in a dance photo shoot on [sic] the Muni. Come to find out she was a graduate of SFB school in the 80s. When offered a job there, she decided getting an educating was more important than dancing professionally and went to college. Random and awesome.”

You gotta love it when things like this happens on Muni, like receiving surprise gift from a passenger or getting some wise life advice from someone who’s been there. Just the other day, I met a woman who was on her way to record a hip-hop documentary. What’s your random run-in with awesomeness on Muni? Our inbox awaits your tales.

Photo of the day: Hitching a ride on the J

riding the j robertleidnerphotography

Here’s a photo that makes you wish that you were young again, at that age when you didn’t care about the number of reasons why riding the outside of the J could be kind of dangerous, and you never worried about knee problems because you are going to live forever.

Thank you to Robert of Robert Leidner Photography for this great photo we’ll add to the collection of wholly unrecommended ways to ride Muni.

We’re one step closer to solving the mysterious Lady in Red on Muni

victorian lady on muni

Last week, we posted about the beautifully dressed lady in red and wondered: Who is she? The power of internet commenters has gotten us just a little closer to her. From the Muni Diaries Facebook page, Roz says that she may be a member of the Red Hat society. And a few of you said you’ve seen her often at Pier 39. The above photo is by Daniel Johnson. Muni rider betsywanders also saw her waiting to board an LRV:


Rider Anthony says, ” I know this drag performer. She dresses like this every day…in different 1800s fashion if I’m correct. And she frequents the Wharf/Pier 39 daily. Very nice person. I’ve had some great convos with her during summers working the shops at the Wharf.” Rider “Memo-san” says that the lady in red is named Scott and “delights in Union Square.”

While we have a little bit more information about the well-dressed lady, what we can’t seem to agree on is whether this is Victorian or Edwardian fashion! Something about the length of the hemline. Either way, thanks for giving us yet another reason to love living here, dear mystery lady.