How Not to Make a Three-Point Turn

Photo by Gary via Muni rider Deb

UPDATE: Photog and submitter say this was a training bus: Double oof, if so.

In all fairness, it is really, really hard to make a three-point turn in the city.

Muni rider Deb shared this photo by Gary on the Muni Diaries Facebook page. Oof, right on the busy corner of Stockton and Columbus, too, where I wouldn’t even want to drive a Smart car, much less an articulated bus.

Apparently, after a couple more tries (blocking traffic all the while), the bus driver finally was able to get out of the way without taking down the tree or the building. No word on whether his or her pride was intact.

Gold, Silver, and Bronze Winners of Muni Awesome

Photo by Daniel Hoherd

Everyone is a unique beautiful snowflake in his or her own way (mom told us as much, and we’re sticking to it), but these three spotted on Muni win our awesome Olympics this week. Cue your armful of flowers and cry faces now for:

  1. The N driver who goes “Choo choo! Chuga-chuga-chuga!” Can we clone him?
  2. The old man who plays his NWA video on speakerphone on Muni. No, seriously, thank you.
  3. In which it’s the oldest guy who gives his seat up for the Marine vet in leg braces & cane. #munidiaries #OutboundL #sfmuni

This week’s Things on Muni Olympics Special is brought to you by @goldfine, @brendanstarr, and @ATCPeter. Share your nominees @munidiaries.

Thursday Night: PUBlic Transit Crawl

mad dog in the fog guiness
Photo by Jorge Gonzalez

This Thursday evening, the San Francisco Transit Riders Union is hosting a Muni pub crawl fundraiser where $40 gets you a year-long SFTRU membership, four drink tickets, and some commuter camaraderie. Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, August 14th:
5:00: Mr. Smith’s, 34 Seventh St (Civic Center)
5:40: 71L-Haight/Noriega
6:00: Mad Dog in the Fog, 530 Haight St (Lower Haight)
6:40: 6 Parnassus
7:00: Martin Macks, 1568 Haight St (Upper Haight)
7:40: 71-Haight/Noriega
8:00: Yancy’s Saloon, 734 Irving (Inner Sunset)
8:40: N-Judah or your own route home

I think it’s a universal law that booze plus Muni will get you some funny tweets for @munidiaries. Amirite?

Impromptu Concert at the Muni Stop

muni stop concert by faern
Photo by faern

Muni rider faern sent in this perfect little slice of San Francisco city life at the Church and Duboce Muni stop. She says:

A trombone. A guitar. Two skateboarders. A hippie on a bike doing circles. People in suits waiting for the train and a whole lotta annoyed bicyclists #life at #thebusstop #muni

Got your own very SF moment today? Send it over on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook – just tag @munidiaries.

T-Train Derailed in Muni v. Semi Collision

t-train collision
Photo via Jett S

In what is unfortunately not just an action-movie scene, a Muni light rail vehicle collided with a semi in the Bayview this afternoon, derailing the LRV by “several feet.” Rider Jett S. sent us the photo above.

According to the SFPD, the semi made an illegal u-turn; Jett notes that this intersection has a no-left-turn sign, visible in the pic. Some 20 people were injured in the collision and 11 were sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to SFPD spokesperson Albie Esparza.

From the SFPD:

Preliminary investigation revealed a Muni LRV traveling north bound 3rd street towards downtown SF (inbound). A semi truck also traveling north bound 3rd in the lane of traffic made an illegal left hand turn onto Innes from 3rd street in front of the LRV. The Muni LRV and the truck made impact and the train was derailed off the tracks by several feet.

The area is closed from Jerrold to Hudson along 3rd street at least for the next hour.

People are advised to take alternate routes and modes of transport as this will impact the evening Friday commute.

The driver was not yet cited at this time until the conclusion of the investigation.

KCBS has more photos and videos here. We hope everyone will be just fine.

Aaaand it looks like a not-so-good day for Muni collisions today. Another collision earlier today on Geary and Webster between a Muni bus and a dumpster truck sent another 20 people to the hospital around 1:30 p.m. The SFPD says none of the injuries appear to be life threatening.

How Does SF Stack Up in FiveThirtyEight’s Transit Study?

Map by Reuben Fischer-Baum via FiveThirtyEight

The data wizards at combed through lots of transit data across cities in the United States to see how cities stack up in transit use. At first glance, San Francisco was No. 2 (uh…appropriately?) in transit trips per resident, ranking our public transit system the second most used in the United States, right behind New York City.

FiveThirtyEight’s Reuben Fischer-Baum asks, “Do certain regions tend to support better public transit, or is this just a product of city size and density?” When he separated the maps of large cities against smaller cities, the answer might surprise you. Go to FiveThirtyEight’s story to see which small city actually ranked first in transit quality.

Related: Earlier this year, Walk Score rated SF’s public transit poop number two as well. A trend emerges!