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Presidential Inauguration Day Activities

Friday, January 20: Numerous planned and unplanned activities will take place from 8 a.m. through the evening at Justin Herman Plaza, City Hall, Civic Center, Market Street, the downtown area and elsewhere in the City. Customers should plan extra travel time and be prepared for service impacts if protests disrupt traffic.

Bridge Together will hold an inauguration protest along the eastern sidewalk of Golden Gate Bridge and in the areas at both ends of the bridge. Organizers say they expect an attendance of up to 10,000 people. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to Noon, with impacts expected from 8 a.m. until at least 1 p.m.

For event details, please visit http://bridge.beyondtherectangle.org/.

To accommodate expected additional demand, Muni will provide supplemental service from Sutter and Sansome streets to the Golden Gate Bridge from 8 to 10 a.m. Coaches will run return route from the Golden Gate Bridge to Sutter and Sansome streets beginning at Noon.

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Dead body found on Muni

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2017 is shaping up to be a killer sequel to 2016 … literally.

ABC 7 reports that the body of a woman found dead on a Muni bus in Daly City likely died of meningitis.

Laura Kimberly Robson, 53, of San Francisco died last Tuesday and while medical officials wait for test results, they’ve told her family the likely cause of death was meningitis.

Robson’s family says they were told a bus driver found her sitting upright in a rear seat at the end of a line in Daly City.

They do not know how long she had been on the bus or when she passed away, but Muni immediately called Daly City police.

Read the rest of the story on ABC 7.

Scary stuff. Stay safe out there!

Photo by Paul Sullivan

The wondrous world of Muni’s Lost and Found

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Losing stuff on the bus is kinda the worst, right? It elicits that feeling of your things just vanishing into the ether. But, contra that feeling, much of what riders leave behind on Muni buses, trains, and streetcars ends up in Muni’s Lost and Found.

SF Examiner reporter and Muni Diaries Live veteran Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez took a field trip to the SFMTA’s basement recently. As he notes, many of the items we Muni riders leave behind tell a story (or two).

A bag filled with socks and baby items could be from a mother or father, [the SFMTA’s Nancy] Marquez said, and they see plenty of backpacks that may belong to those who are homeless.

“Sometimes, things smell really bad,” Marquez said. But they hang on to all items, no matter how seemingly disposable — just in case.

Among the more common items are—you guessed it—phones. SFMTA says they get about 70 lost phones, including the newest models, per month. Less common, but more urgent (for most people, anyway), are passports.

The agency holds onto unclaimed items for 60 days. Items that are claimed but not yet picked up are held for 120 days. After that, lost and found stuff typically goes to Goodwill. Cash goes back to the city’s coffers, which more or less makes sense.

Read Joe’s full story on SFExaminer.com. And if anyone has the prescription Ray-Bans I left on BART in 2012, it’d be cool if you let me know.

Photo by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

Even this BART ad can’t with 2016

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When Amy sent this to me the other day, I was really confused. Was BART running vintage ads on purpose? Do they, like many of us, want this current year (and really, does 2017 look any better?) to not exist, and are thus choosing to live in the past?

In any case, check out this old-ass BART ad. I mean, those carpets

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