BART’s new fleet sees the light of day

If you blinked, you might’ve missed it—last weekend BART slowly rolled out (get it?) a test model of its new fleet of trains for some of us to “oooh” and “ahhhh” over. SFGate has details on upcoming tests if you didn’t catch this one:

Overnight testing for the train should start in the next two weeks, said Paul Oversier, assistant general manager for BART, with daytime runs starting in December and tests with passengers starting in early 2017.

According to that same SFGate post, some people who did get to ride lodged some complaints:

Regular BART commuters from Pleasant Hill and elsewhere into the East Bay bemoaned the lack of seats available on the new cars. Already, the current cars with four more seats are overcrowded, they said, and standing for an hour commute isn’t exactly comfortable.

Changes from the current fleet include: more standing room, higher ceilings, a more-efficient AC system, three boarding doors per car (versus the current two), and better ways to secure bicycles. BART’s plan is to have 775 new cars by 2021 to try to keep up with an ever-expanding ridership.

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What if a diary were told on Muni?

That’s exactly what happened recently in New York City.

In the video above, NYC subway rider Crispin Michael Booker is heard telling fellow passengers about a recent, uplifting change in his life. He is then seen asking a specific rider to share his story. Here’s what Crispin has to say:

Tonight I was able to Subway many nights we get on the train with the weight of the world is on our shoulders after a long day. I got to share my luke cage truth lol and a random guy got to share his story #lukecagebrag #subwaybrag #changingthisworldwithlove #veronicasway

Brag away, sir. More of this, please!

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Do you chat with strangers on Muni?


This strikes me as one of those “some do, most don’t” type of things.

The title of this post is a question based on this story of a young bloke who tried to get people talking to one another on the London Underground. The probably noble effort, however, didn’t go as planned:

Jonathan Dunne, who is originally from the US, says it was “difficult” to even get commuters to take one of the free pins.
“I think I could have been handing out £5 notes and the same amount of people would have taken them,” he tells Newsbeat.

The BBC’s Newsbeat has the story.

Free pin or not: Is random, spontaneous chatting on Muni or BART something you would do?

Pic courtesy BBC

A map for all Bay Area transit


Maps are the best, especially when us regular folks take map-making into our own hands.

Latest example: Jug Cerovic sent us the map you see above. Jug writes:

All rail options are shown + ferries and cross bay buses. Muni

is there of course. The map is schematic but close enough to geography so that you can get a feeling of scale and distances.

Check out Jug’s site for more info on how the map was made.

This map is so thorough, right? I’m sure some of you will find discrepancies or have suggested edits. If so, have at it.

Otherwise, join me in admiring Jug’s handiwork. Bravo!

Previously on Muni Diaries

Interactive map shows where SF’s streetcars used to go

Check out this visionary Muni Metro map

New map plots hotels to BART stations for transit-minded visitors

Mario BART Map Is Hella Tight

The Giants are clearly Muni’s favorite baseball team


This is the stuff transit geeks and baseball geeks live for: The ability to wear your nerd colors, to fly your dork flag, as it were.

Friend of Muni Diaries Ed clued us in on this one, from Cotton Bureau:

Glove, check. $2.25 for Muni, check. Head-to-toe in orange and black, check. Tickets to the game, check. Muni packed with other Giants fans, check. Let’s do this!

Looks like there might be just one shirt left, so act fast!

Just heard from Cotton Bureau:

lots more than one shirt left – we’ll print as many as get ordered! 😊

Tonight’s game could very well be the last for the 2016 San Francisco Giants. While there are heathens out there for whom this does not matter at all, for the rest of us, well, it. is. so. on.

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