Self Driving Muni Buses Among Ideas in SF’s Grant Application

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Could self-driving Muni buses be in our future? San Francisco is among the seven finalists applying for a $50 million grant to change the future of transportation, according to the Examiner. Proposed in the plan are self-driving buses, driverless Lyft and Uber cars, and ideas for new affordable housing now that we can get more cars off the streets.

More from the Examiner:

Per The City’s plan, autonomous buses would be connected to each other via wireless technology to avoid collisions, shared bikes would dot The City, and taxis, Uber and Lyft vehicles would ferry commuters in groups without drivers.

The City would own a fleet of electric vehicles, and neighborhood shuttles would connect bus lines to homes in less dense outer neighborhoods.

This future may also include transforming parking garages into affordable housing.

Ultimately, at least 10 percent of San Francisco’s car use would shift to “sharing” rides, or taking transit.

The grant comes from U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx via the agency’s Smart City Challenge. The agency will be choosing the winning city in the next few weeks.

You can see more details of the city’s proposal. Quick question though: without drivers, who will be left to tell us how to hold on to a transfer the correct way?

h/t: SFist.

Poop-cleaning neighbors still need Muni’s help

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The management at the apartment building at Post and Leavenworth has gone above and beyond in keeping their block nice and not-too-smelly, extending even to the Muni stop in front of the building. But when the Muni stop poop bandit hits your block, it’s just all too much. Here is their PSA sign that doubles as a cry for help.

Muni: We cleaned the seat (poop) as best we could. Please sanitize the seat and concrete – it smells. Thank you!

Hey 311, help a neighbor out.

Oh, and guess who helped me spot this sign? Driver Doug, who happened to be driving the 3-Jackson on my morning commute today!