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Video: Sydney bus driver gets high ‘down under,’ crashes into house

Don’t you hate when your Muni driver steps a little too heavily on the brakes sending you careening into other passengers? Well just be thankful you weren’t on a bus with this guy behind the wheel.

According to news reports, Sydney bus driver Shaun Murphy smoked synthetic cannabis before the dramatic June 15 crash that sent his bus barreling through two fences and into a home. The video shows Murphy, 57, steering at one point with his elbow before passing out. No passengers were on the bus at the time.

Murphy, who was also found to have morphine and methyl amphetamine in his system, pleaded guilty to driving recklessly and under the influence.

h/t: Seven Network/CNN

That One Time Mayor Ed Lee Rode Muni

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Photo via SF Citizen

Word is that Mayor Ed Lee actually rode Muni yesterday, and nobody got a photo. Don’t get excited: He wasn’t actually trying to get from point A to point B like the rest of us. It was more of a publicity stunt for the mayor’s transportation bond campaign. The San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board rode the Muni with the mayor, according to SFGate:

Mayor Ed Lee, who is trying to raise $1 million in campaign cash to push his $500 million transportation bond over the finish line in the Nov. 4 election, got a firsthand taste of Muni’s problems on Tuesday morning.

Lee, who lives in Glen Park, took the M-Ocean View train downtown before a meeting with The Chronicle’s editorial board, and no, he didn’t get a seat.

Well, at least this time the mayor won’t get a ticket by parking in the Muni zone! Unfortunately riders didn’t snap a photo of him (unless you did, in which case, send it our way!). We never saw former Mayor Gavin Newsom on the bus ourselves, but SF Citizen snapped a photo of him on Muni, sitting in the elderly/handicapped seating (insert joke here).
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Tell us an “Only on Muni” moment, win two front-row seats

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Photo by Kjaere

Riding the bus in San Francisco, we’ve all had “Only on Muni” moments—from the good, bad, weird, smelly, or just plain amusing. On Nov. 8, we’re celebrating San Francisco commuters (you!) by hosting another Muni Diaries Live at the Elbo Room. Between now and the show, send us your “Only on Muni” moments via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or this website, and we’ll pick a winner for one pair of Muni Diaries Live front-row reserve tickets.

To enter, simply include @munidiaries and the hashtag #OnlyOnMuni with your story/tweet/photo.

And have yourself a cup of Muni Diaries Live recaps while you brainstorm.

Transit News: Muni light-rail contract, BART labor relations, BART wheel flaws, 14-Mission turns 120

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Photo by Kevin Micalizzi

  • Muni Painter Arrested On Suspicion Of Stealing City Gas (SF Appeal)
  • Siemens lands massive San Francisco Muni light rail contract (SF Business Times)
  • BART directors pledge to improve rocky relations with workers (SFGate)
  • BART finds flaws in 23 metal wheels on 20 train cars (CC Times)
  • Happy 120th to the 14-Mission! (Market Street Railway)

Transit News: New Muni LRV funding, fare hike reaction, fare-pay app explored, second BART Transbay Tube floated, Muni accidents

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Photo by Matt’ Johnson

  • Supervisors committee approves $1.2B contract for new Muni light-rail vehicles (SF Examiner)
  • Extra 25 Cents Irks Muni Riders Unhappy With Service (Mission Local)
  • SFMTA in talks to build a smartphone ticketing app (Business Insider)
  • 2nd Transbay Tube needed to help keep BART on track (SFGate)
  • Pedestrian hit by Muni light-rail train in Bayview (SFGate)
  • Minivan Strikes Cyclist, Crashes Into Muni Bus (SFist)
  • The Green Cross’ Debut Muni Ads Keep It Classy (SFGate)

London subway advertising campaign gets goats, alpaca

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Image by AFP/Getty, via Daily Mail

What’s so much better than a boring print advertisement? A four-legged one, of course! Or so say the folks behind a recent advertising campaign that brought a couple of goats, an alpaca, and a lot of cuteness to the Vauxhall Underground Station in London.

The Daily Mail reports that Fred, Barney, and Ben were part of an effort to entice Londoners to visit a local attraction called Transport for London’s Without Leaving London.

Works for us. Now, when can we have Muni Farm Animal day? Bring on the llamas, please!

Read more in the Daily Mail story.