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No BART to the East Bay This Weekend

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Going to the East Bay this weekend? Don’t try to take BART there. In case you missed all the posted signs at BART stations (and here), BART is closing transay train service this weekend to repair tracks near the Transbay tube, so plan on taking AC Transit or the ferry if you must get out of the city. The West Oakland station will be closed and trains will not run between West Oakland and Embarcadero.

From BART.gov:

BART will offer lifeline bus service between 19th Street in Oakland and the Temporary Transbay Terminal in San Francisco, but the buses are intended only for those who have no other options. The buses will carry customers from 19th Street Station in Oakland to the Temporary Transbay Terminal in San Francisco (a 2 block walk to the Embarcadero Station) or from there back to the East Bay. There will be no additional charge for the bus. The bus bridge will cause 1 to 2 hour delays for some customers.

Accommodations will be available for people with disabilities.

There will be some shuttle buses from West Oakland Station, which will be closed, to the 19th Street Station for West Oakland area residents only. These shuttles will pick up and drop off during BART operating hours and will be on 15 minute headways, departing both sides (West Oakland and 19th Street) at quarter hours. No fares will be collected on this neighborhood shuttle for West Oakland residents. We are not able to keep West Oakland Station open during this work because we can not easily turn trains around from that station. With only two tracks, there would be very significant delays in the East Bay if we attempted to run trains through West Oakland during the work.

Service will resume August 3. BART plans another closure to repair the tracks over Labor Day weekend.

Photo by jlotto415.

Transit News: Muni surveillance questions, new E-Embarcadero boat tram, Muni subway early shutdowns

  • Tunnel vision: Questions remain about Muni’s high-tech surveillance system and whether it comes at the expense of riders’ privacy (SF Examiner)
  • Muni bus strikes pedestrian in Mission (SF Bay)
  • Video: Muni Driver Yells At Disabled Woman ‘You Shouldn’t Even Be On The Bus’ (SFist)
  • New Boat at E-line Ceremony July 31 (Market Street Railway)
  • Riders beware: S.F. Muni’s nighttime subway closure starts Friday (SFGate)

The first-ever Muni crash, documented

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Do you like history? I like history.

Peter Hartlaub, Muni Diaries Live veteran and Chronicle writer, sends us the harrowing 1913 tale of a runaway streetcar, a “heavy motor truck,” and a bread wagon. No humans died, though two were injured. And the bread wagon’s horse became the first Muni fatality (that we know of). From SFGate:

“A runaway streetcar careening down three city blocks. A wagon full of bread that is obliterated into splinters and croutons. Terrified passengers, and a new driver in total control despite his massive head wound.”

Whoa! My favorite part might be that the “motorman” for Municipal Railway lived in a hotel.

Check out the post on SFGate for more exciting details. #cantmakethisup

Image courtesy SF Chronicle

Here are the winners whose art will appear on Muni buses

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I still think this is a really cool contest.

SF Beautiful has announced the top 5 vote-getters in its contest to see whose art will appear on 50 Muni buses later this year. They are:

  1. Ariel Dunitz-Johnson (above)
  2. Phillip Hua
  3. Reynaldo R. Cayetano Jr
  4. Andria Lo
  5. Todd Berman

Congrats to all the finalists, and a big thanks to everyone who submitted their work. Making San Francisco beautiful(er) is no small hill of beans.

Image courtesy SF Beautiful

Transit News: 28-19th Ave. upgrades, cable car safety, SoMa bus service, E-Embarcadero

  • Muni Approves Upgrades for 28-19th Ave With Bus Bulbs, Fewer Stops (Streetsblog SF || Hoodline)
  • Cable car operators call for safety reforms in wake of devastating injuries (SF Examiner)
  • Man stabbed on Muni bus refuses to cooperate with police (KRON)
  • New And Improved Bus Lines Proposed For SoMa Service (Hoodline)
  • Muni set to roll out long-planned waterfront streetcar, the E-line (SF Examiner)