BART begins using crowdsourced escalator signs?

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Plugging into the wisdom of the crowd, we now have the answer to, “When will the station escalator finally be fixed?” Above is the latest prediction via @urban_adventure.

BART rider @27suns saw another likely conclusion:


Here’s the final word on when the escalator will be restored. Put it on your calendar, everyone. Submitted by Amy at Capp Street Crap.

Oh, San Francisco, you’re adorably funny when you’re cranky.

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Muni Diaries Live is back on April 15 at the Elbo Room! All the best stories live on stage, and we are bringing back the haiku battle! Tickets on sale.

Renegade plant decor at Van Ness Station

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Who hasn’t gone into mid-commute HGTV mode and wondered: How would I spruce up this Muni Metro station?

Eagle-eyed reporter Vivian Ho (@ohvivho) spotted this easy home-decor fix on the Van Ness Station platform — the rollable potted plant really brings the room together, I think.

The Muni Diaries Instagram account is awaiting your submission! Tag us w/#munidiaries to submit your own slice of life.

Vivian will be telling a story at Muni Diaries Live on April 15, by the way! If you haven’t gotten a ticket for the show yet, they’re on sale now.

When wine rolls out from under your Muni seat…

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What would you do if a full bottle of wine rolled out from under your seat on the bus? This heartwarming scene is from the New York City Subway, as posted by reporter Colleen Hagerty, but I feel pretty confident that San Franciscans would start a party, too. After all, we’re not above pre-gaming on the bus (like with this fine box of Franzia).

A full bottle of wine just rolled out from under a subway seat and now these 2 strangers popped it open & are drinking it. This is peak NYC

Hat tip Katie M.

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Castro senior takes Muni to poetic heights


Poetry is not easy, but Muni provides enough angst and fodder that one man at the Castro Senior Center wrote a poem all about our favorite love-hate mode of transportation. “Why can’t they be on time; If they were I wouldn’t have to whine.” Ain’t that the truth.

Straight from the Muni Diaries submission box to you, by rider Tom Barton.

Here’s a poem that I wrote for the Castro Senior Center where I go.


10 Muni Buses all in a Row
By Tom Barton


10 Muni buses all in a row
everyone’s wondering why it’s so slow
The driver wonders why all the fuss
of course it’s because there has been no bus


Now there is an app for the next bus to come
Yea, but how can I trust it so I don’t have to run
It tells you what to expect
But sometimes it’s a guess


Muni Metro ever so slow
when it will come nobody knows

Muni metro screwed up again
When will it ever end
Another breakdown, another delay
Maybe I should find another way


Muni Metro comes in a bunch
There’s been a breakdown I have a hunch


When I’m in a hurry I have to wait
Why are they many times so late
So Why can’t they be on time
If they were I wouldn’t have to whine


The Muni’s not perfect we know that’s true
So why are we always turning blue
If only we knew what to expect
We wouldn’t always get so upset.


A fare increase, 25 (cents), what the heck
Another quarter in your pocket, please check


With Muni we can always hope for the best
And with hopes that it won’t be another mess

Poetry seems to stem from transit riders, even resulting in a haiku battle between LA Metro and our own BART. Next time a rhyming urge strikes you, tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Our email inbox is always open!

Bart Simpson takes over Muni shelter

bart on muni shelter by commutelife

Bart (Simpson, that is) has taken over this Muni shelter. Don’t look at me, I didn’t do it — someone else way more awesome did. And who will ever get tired of a little Bart-BART mashup, like the time when the Simpsons clones took over the BART train, or the time when this funny crafter worked “eat my shorts” into this needle point?

Thanks to @commutelife on Instagram for this photo submission! Got your own Muni or BART moment? Tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Our email inbox is always open!

Best friends form a band just for their pal’s Muni-driving dreams


Courtney Riddle is the zine ambassador of Market Street, selling small handmade books out of a formerly abandoned newspaper kiosk, The Grand Newsstand. She’s been spreading zines to unwitting tourists for more than a year now. But secretly she harbors another aspiration: driving Muni. There’s just one small problem she had to overcome, as she tells the audience in this week’s Muni Diaries podcast episode.

Courtney’s best friends aren’t deterred by anything that stands in the way of her dreams! Naturally, they wrote a song about it and dressed up in coordinating Muni-themed outfits to sing it to the crowd at Muni Diaries Live.

Listen to the episode here:

Episode Extra: Watch Courtney and her friends at Muni Diaries Live. “Courtney for president!”

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Photo by Justina Wu

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