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Your (Wet) Weekend Transit Advisory: Men’s Health Urbanathlon, Sunset Tunnel re-railing, N-Judah signals

Athletic Association Event

On Saturday: The San Francisco Gaelic Athletic Association event will take place at San Francisco Gaelic Fields on Treasure Island.

A street closure of Avenue “H” between 11th and 13th streets will be required from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday.

The 108 Treasure Island Muni route will be affected.

For details of Muni re-routes, please visit http://www.sfmta.com/news/alerts.  This website will be updated when it is closer to the event date.

Men’s Health Urbanathlon

On Sunday: The Urbanathlon Race will start and finish at Lot A of AT&T Park. The race will begin at7 a.m.

For more event details, please visit www.menshealthurbanathlon.com.

Street closures will be required throughout the race area. Local business and residential access will be allowed with possible delays.

From 6 a.m., Thursday to midnight, Sunday:

  • Terry Francois Boulevard between 3rd and China Basin streets

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Now you can protest Muni citations online

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Photo by Wayan Vota

You spend all your time online anyway.

SFMTA today announced a new online platform for protesting Muni fare-evasion tickets.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), recently launched a new portal that allows customers to protest parking and transit violations online at www.sfmta.com/protest.

So, next time you feel wrongly cited, don’t bother mailing things (snoozefest) or, god forbid, going to Muni headquarters to protest. No, now you can simply use this new site to let your protest fall into the ether and disappear forever. Or, at best, be denied. Or maybe approved? Best of luck.

Read more at SFMTA’s website.

Listen to Dhaya Lakshminarayanan at Muni Diaries Live—’Please exit through the weirdos’

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Photo by Kevin Wong

Have you ever taken Muni with your parent-types? I did once. It was pretty nondescript, except for that one guy …

Earlier this month, comedian Dhaya Lakshminarayanan told the Muni Diaries Live audience a tale of her trip to Big Lots on Muni with her pop. Hilarity ensued, of course. And a new slogan for this site and Muni general? Have a listen below:

“Dhaya Lakshminarayanan at Muni Diaries Live, Nov. 8, 2014″

If you’re unfamiliar with the delight that is Dhaya’s comedy, check out the Moth Story Slams she hosts every month.

Previously: Ronn Vigh at Muni Diaries Live, Nov. 8, 2014.

NYC to clamp down on big-balls-riding dudes

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Photo by davitydave

Spread-nuts-shaming is about to become real, you guys. Buzzfeed has story of New York City’s plan to combat this terrible scourge on society:

“The MTA, which manages New York City’s subways and buses, will launch an awareness campaign in January to stop people from taking up too much space on the seats.

“The campaign, in part, will target man spreaders: people who spread their legs wide open, even on crowded trains, MTA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz told BuzzFeed News.”

Your only excuse is that you’re saving room down there for a cat.

Also, NYC’s MTA will target ball-spreaders’ partners in terribleness: people who don’t take their backpacks off on crowded transit vehicles. Hooray!

Finally. New York follows a less-official attempt to stanch this behavior in Boston in 2009. Will SFMTA follow suit? We can only hope.

Read the full story on Buzzfeed.

Audio: Ronn Vigh at Muni Diaries Live—’WTF, Gladys!?’

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Photo by Kevin Wong

Like sliding doors and dominos and butterflies flapping their wings, you never know what’s going to happen when you miss your stop on Muni Metro. At Muni Diaries Live earlier this month, SF comedian Ronn Vigh had us in stitches with a tale of serendipity and being stuck underground, because Muni.

Ronn’s story didn’t quite fill his time slot, so we urged him to keep going. He did, and the crowd was thoroughly enthralled. Listen to his entire set here:

“Ronn Vigh at Muni Diaries Live, Nov. 8, 2014″

Ronn (and fellow MDL performer, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan) will appear at Harvey’s in the Castro tonight. Whether you missed them at Muni Diaries Live or not, go see them. Unless you, like, don’t like to laugh or something.

Transit News: Faster 28-19th Ave bus, subway progress, Van Ness BRT

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Photo by Shawn Clover

  • SFMTA Looks to Boost Muni’s 28-19th Ave With Bus Bulbs, Fewer Stops (Streetsblog SF)
  • Central Subway Portal Structure Moves Forward (Central Subway Blog)
  • This Is Why NextMuni Predictions Are Always Screwing You Over (SF Weekly)
  • Credit Agencies Upgrade SFMTA Revenue Bonds to Highest in Nation for a Transit Agency (SFMTA)
  • Shelter squabble threatens Van Ness BRT (SFBay)