Hip hip hooray! The Muni wires will stay!


In a swift defeat of what could very well be the dumbest idea to hit San Francisco ever (and there sure is stiff competition in that realm), the Super Bowl planning committee has withdrawn their own plan to remove Muni’s overhead trolley wires around Justin Herman Plaza.

The SF Examiner has the story:

A representative of the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee apparently said in a phone call to Supervisor Jane Kim’s office that after some analysis the committee decided it would not move through with plans to remove Muni wires.

There was no mention during the phone call of the public backlash to the plan, according to Kim’s office.

Great news, although, as Market Street Railway points out, the F-Market route will essentially be cut in half, with bus substitutes running west up Market Street and streetcars remaining along the Embarcadero. Several bus routes will be rerouted as well.

About the wires, though, Kim had this to say:

“I’m gratified that the Super Bowl 50 committee took another look at the idea of removing overhead Muni wires for the Super Bowl festival, and decided not to pursue that idea. The impact on commute times and work productivity for the folks that make San Francisco work would have been burdensome, not to mention the possible consequences for bicyclist and pedestrian safety. Those were my greatest concerns, so I’m happy that this was resolved.”

You can read the whole story over at the Examiner’s site.

Done and done. No need for the petition. But please don’t stop sharing your rad photos of Muni wires!

Photo by Lynn Friedman

Upset about the Super Bowl/Muni wires thing? Sign this petition!


Last week, we told you about how the Stupid Super Bowl wants to take down our beloved Muni trolley wires on Market Street so they can have their stupid football party, or whatever. Since then, Erik Ogan has created a petition that you can totally sign in an attempt to stop this stupid idea from becoming reality. Go on, sign the petition.

This has been a service of the Muni Diaries Sensibility Project.

Photo by @nyxnax