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Elderly woman beaten after exiting Muni bus in Chinatown

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Police are asking for your help in finding the assailant who attacked an elderly woman as she got off a bus in Chinatown last week. The victim’s granddaughter is also posting on social media, hoping to find the attacker who struck her grandmother on Mother’s Day, ABC7 reports.

According to police, the 77-year-old victim was struck at least twice in the head as she was getting off a Muni bus in the Chinatown area on May 10. The assault occurred sometime between noon and 2:30 p.m., possibly on Stockton Street, and the victim remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. According to police reports, the suspect was described to be a black female.

The victim’s family has agreed to release these photos to the public in hopes of finding the attacker.

Investigators believe a Good Samaritan led the injured woman away from the side of the bus after the attack and helped her sit down on the sidewalk. Police would like to talk to him or anyone else who may have witnessed the crime.

The victim is a frequent rider of the 2 Clement, 3 Jackson, 30 Stockton and the 45 Union/ Stockton lines, and often travels between the Japantown and the Chinatown.

If you have any information, email Sergeant Trevor Kelly at Trevor.Kelly@sfgov.org, the Anonymous Tip Line at (415) 575-4444.

Private bus service Leap Transit shut down by state

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Turns out Muni isn’t that easy to avoid.

After determining it was operating without the proper license, the California Public Utilities Commission has shut down private bus service Leap Transit, the pay-per-ride service that ferries commuters between the Marina and the Financial District allowing them to bypass the crowds and ickiness of Muni.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Leap had been granted its “authority to operate,” but didn’t yet have the proper license to run the bus line. Leap announced Tuesday that it has suspended its service after the CPUC sent the company a cease-and-desist letter.

The article cited a post on Leap’s Facebook page in which the company said it hopes to be “back on the road in no time.”

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In the meantime Leap customers, guess we’ll be seeing you all on the bus.

Muni Double Berthing Starts This Sunday

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You know that frustrating minute when you’ve arrived at your station and you’re just sitting there waiting for the passengers in the train in front of you to get out? Well, no more of that. Muni is set to start double berthing this Sunday, allowing loading and unloading of passengers of multiple trains at the same time. SFBay’s Jerold Chinn chatted with SFMTA’s Ed Reiskin, director of transportation.

From SFBAy:

Normally, trains inside the Muni Metro have to be in the first position at the station platform to let passengers in and out, which can be a frustrating experience for passengers who can safely get off, but can’t…Though the second train will open its doors in the second position, it will also continue to stop in the first position to pick up and drop off passengers, the transit agency writes on its website.

Double berthing begins in select stations this Sunday. Let us know how it goes for you!

Photo by @sharonhanhdarlin

Amazing Photos Inside the Central Subway Tunnel

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Crews have finished the digging for the 1.7 mile Central Subway Tunnel, which will house the T-line in 2019. ABC7 took a tour of the tunnel and captured some amazing photos of your $241M at work.

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An onsite engineer took the news crew through the tunnel (look for him in the photo below).

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Check out the rest of the subterranean photo shoot (and video), and more on reporter Wayne Freedman’s Twitter feed  (@waynefreedman) too.

Your Weekend Transit Advisory: Athletic Assoc. event, Bay to Breakers, construction

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On Sunday: The San Francisco Gaelic Athletic Association event will take place at San Francisco Gaelic Fields on Treasure Island.

A street closure of Avenue “H” between 11th and 13th streets will be required from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The 25 Treasure Island Muni route will be affected.

For details of Muni re-routes, please visit http://www.sfmta.com/news/alerts. This website will be updated when it is closer to the event date.

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