Boo: Muni Metro seat is totally horror-movie origin story

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Oddly terrifying face/beginning of a horror movie appears burned into a Muni Metro seat. Sweet dreams!

Oh, I wouldn’t leave you hanging like that. While there have been some X-Files-worthy substances on Muni Metro seats — doesn’t matter if it’s black or white — let’s end on a positive. Like when it wishes you “a good-ass day” or gets really happy to see you.

SF Transit Week: For the love of Muni and more smiles #onboardsf

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Celebrating public transit — what it is, warts and all, and what it has potential to be — is near and dear to Muni Diaries. Same for our buddies with SF Transit Riders: the folks behind some super-fun transit-oriented pub crawls and the 22-day Muni challenge for local officials.
Get on board with SFTR for Transit Week, Sept. 12-17: a celebration of transit riders (like me! like you! like these dogs on Muni!) who make living and working in San Francisco a more environmentally friendly, culturally aware experience. Events will be held on and around the Muni lines above. The objective? More smiles #onboardsf.
Visit the Transit Week website to sign up for updates and ways to participate during the week. And contact Paula@sftransitriders.com to assist with events, photos, activities, and more.

Muni driver reportedly assaulted via skateboard to the head

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Muni rider Sloane sent us a harrowing story about a driver vs. passenger assault on Muni, which took place on her 47-Van Ness on Tuesday afternoon. From her public (shareable) Facebook post linked above:

…all of a sudden, the skater hits the driver in the head with his board, hard. People are crowding around and he yells some shit I can’t hear and then skates away. The man sitting behind me took a video, sent it to the police and was on the phone reporting it. We all exit the bus and the driver is sitting up front, gushing blood and in shock, trying to reach someone over the radio.

SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose confirmed the incident, which took place at 4pm Tuesday at Van Ness and Bush on an inbound 47. The Muni operator suffered lacerations to his forehead and was taken to Kaiser.

Rose tells us SFMTA is pulling video from the bus to help aid SFPD in its investigation.

This isn’t the first time in recent past a Muni driver suffered fight-related injuries on the job. And it won’t be the first or last time we remind everyone to stay safe — and to remember that a being a Muni operator can be a rough job. We’ll end with some too-true words from Sloane’s post: “I have no idea what instigated this but assaulting a public servant is really damn shitty.”

 

Life imitates SF Municipal Railway tokens

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Art often imitates Muni — and how!

Pic above and token design by @teddyhose on Instagram, who says this pin was designed for Mission Comics & Art — $10 a pop.

Look familiar? If so, it definitely dates you, in a good way.

Like our beloved paper Fast Passes, San Francisco transit ephemera like SF Municipal Railway tokens warm even the most hardened local’s heart. You used them to get on the bus once upon a time, before the BEEP and EH-EH of Clipper machines rang in our heads.

Share and share alike on Muni Diaries’ social channels (FB, Twitter, Insta) if you’re itching to drop some local transit history.

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