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Impromptu ‘Happy Birthday’ serenade on Muni

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Admit it: All you really want out of life is for people to sing “Happy Birthday” to you all day every time it’s your birthday. Well, that plus cake and puppies. WE DON’T ASK FOR MUCH, you guys.

And so it happened, and Muni rider Chad was on the scene: “Girl on #sfmuni wants everyone to sing her Happy Birthday; impromptu band forms with personalized bday song #magic”

Way to avoid having to pay royalties, you dudes.

Court orders work on Muni’s Mission Bay Loop stopped

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Last month, we told you about residents’ efforts to stop SFMTA from constructing a streetcar “loop” in Dogpatch. Muni wants the loop so that it would be able to turn southbound T-Third trains around. The efforts involved a protest on Feb. 12 near the site of the proposed loop.

SFGate reports that yesterday, a state court ordered construction, already under way, stopped.

The work was scheduled to be completed in October. But the First District Court of Appeal issued a stay Tuesday of any orders for demolition, excavation or construction while it considers the case, and scheduled written arguments through March 27.

The lawsuit by a group of residents and business owners contends the city’s 15-year-old environmental assessment has become obsolete because of an influx of apartments, condominiums and stores in the neighborhood.

Muni rider and Bayview resident Carol agrees that the assessment is no longer relevant. “I think another impact study needs to be done, because (back then) the future of SF’s southeast still seemed like there would be growth, but I don’t think anyone could have guessed how the area has changed. Speaking not only to the impact of traffic and congestion, but even more so of the accessibility for the city’s most southeastern neighborhoods. Bayview and Sunnydale are huge neighborhoods, yet they have the worst transit options. From what I’ve seen of the plans, any of the future changes are only going to create further slowing of and a decrease in service. Even if the loop is moved further south, to the yard at 23rd Street and Third, it will cause issues for everyone, but mostly Muni commuters south of it.”

Read the rest of the SFGate article here.

We’ll keep you updated on any progress in the story.

Photo by Nate Mahoney

Transit News: BART funding, free Muni for seniors, disabled starts, Muni driver acquitted, ending BART strikes, Muni’s origins

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  • BART seeks $1B from SF, but is it feasible? (SF Examiner)
  • Water Leak Causes Muni Delays (CBS Bay Area)
  • Free Muni program for seniors, disabled starts (ABC 7)
  • Ex-Muni driver acquitted in Castro pedestrian’s 2011 death (Bay Area Reporter)
  • Oakland Tribune editorial: Latest attempt to end BART strikes deserves high marks for creativity (CoCo Times)
  • How the world’s fair birthed Muni (SF Examiner)
  • Likely voters in S.F. poll give thumbs-up on city services, including Muni (SFGate)

Photo by throgers

A Muni moral quandary: Nail polish vs. BBQ cancer?

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All the important issues of the day get their time under the glow of lights on Muni. All of them.

Muni rider Laura filled us in on the latest over on the Muni Diaries Facebook page:

“The setting: the 48 Quintara headed for Noe Valley. A passenger whips out her nail polish and begins a manicure next to my mom, who is deathly allergic to the stuff. Mom asks her, politely, to stop. The passenger ignores Mom and finishes her nails. But wait, there’s more: the driver, who is going off shift, strikes up a conversation with Ms. Manicure: he’s going to spend his vacay barbecuing red meat. The divine Ms. M goes off: BBQ is carcinogenic, she says. I ask you, gentle reader: what is more harmful, a BBQ or an aerosolized cocktail of formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP)? Just sayin’…”

You know the saying: It takes all types.

Photo by Paul Sullivan

Muni moments that restore our faith in humanity

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Setting aside all talk of malodors and defecation for a moment, this week served up many inspiring nuggets witnessed and otherwise experienced on Muni and documented in 140 characters or less. Here’s a list of greatest hits for this week:

  • I witnessed someone bust out sheet music for clarinet or piano for the Moonlight Sonata on #SFMuni. I now have faith!
  • A woman just proposed to her girlfriend on a crowded 24 bus. Couldn’t get a picture but it was really sweet.
  • Something about the Muni 5 line brings out inner DJing desires in ppl. At least today it conjured Marvin Gaye
  • Another NJudah full of schoolchildren. However this time one polite student offered me her seat. Well done, Holy Name School.
  • Never Apologize for rocking out to @NeilDiamond on a muni bus. Ever. #truth

This round of Things on Muni is brought to you by your fellow Muni riders @sarunikai, @neongolden, @thedig, @goldfine, and @TheBrianLake. Wise up and share the love (and hate) on Twitter @munidiaries.

Photo by Brennan Browne