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Your Weekend Transit Advisory: Giants games, Earth Day, Cherry Blossom Fest, Cesar Chavez Fest, construction

Baseball Game Traffic Reroutes

From today through next Thursday, the San Francisco Giants will play six home games at AT&T Park. Listed below are start times for these games:

Three games against Arizona Diamondbacks:

  • 7:15 p.m., Friday
  • 6:05 p.m., Saturday
  • 1:05 p.m., Sunday

Three games against Los Angeles Dodgers:

  • 7:15 p.m., Tuesday
  • 7:15 p.m., Wednesday
  • 12:45 p.m., Thursday

The SFMTA advises motorists of the increased congestion in downtown San Francisco related to these special events and advises commuters to use transit, taxis, bicycles or walk and to avoid using the Bay Bridge in the two hours before or after these games.

Baseball fans transferring from BART may purchase round trip Muni transfer tickets at the Embarcadero Station three hours prior to the start time of the game.

One-way Muni transfers can be purchased at the AT&T Park ticket windows located at 2nd and King streets and Willie Mays Plaza. Transfers will be sold from 2 hours before the game until the game begins, and again from the beginning of the 7th inning until 30 minutes after the game ends.

For details about transit service to AT&T Park, including connections from Bay Area transit systems to Muni, please visit http://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/destinations/att-park.

For regional transit information for BART, Caltrain and the ferries as well as traffic, please go towww.511.org.

For directions going to AT&T Park by various means of transportation, please visit the Giants website at http://sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com.
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Chartered party on the F-Market at night? Yes, please

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You’re in for a treat this Saturday, as SF’s own Mesquite and Mustard joins the lineup at Muni Diaries Live to sing about, in their own words, “trains and whiskey.” We’re on board. See what I did there?

On the following weekend, the trio will be providing musical accompaniment for Market Street Railway’s first-ever Night Train, a chartered party on wheels aboard one of the historic streetcars that MSR acquires, restores, and maintains. From the press release:

Come ride Muni’s first streetcar, car 1, along the historic F-line from the Castro to Fisherman’s Wharf and back all lit up. While riding, you’ll be able to enjoy drinks that will be available (your first is free) as well as the sounds of a live performance by the local band Mesquite and Mustard. The excursion is on Sunday, April 26, 7-9pm.

Car 1 had its inaugural run out Geary Street on December 28, 1912, piloted by then Mayor James Rolph, Jr. It ran for 39 years until 1951 when it was retired from service. In 1962, it was restored to its original condition to serve as the centerpiece of Muni’s 50th anniversary. Car 1 was used during the summer trolley festivals during the 1980s and became part of the new F-Market line fleet in 1995. In 2009-2010, it was completely restored and returned to regular service on October 6, 2012, almost a century after it was originally built.

Seating is limited to 42 passengers, so sign up today.

For more information on what promises to be a thrilling and very San Francisco evening, go to Market Street Railway.

Transit News: BART 2016 fare hike, Muni service increases, new Muni art, Muni double-berthing gets green light

Here’s the transit news we’ve collected since our last news roundup. If you have news tips, email them our way, por favor.

  • BART announces 3.4 percent planned 2016 fare increase (SFGate)
  • Will Muni’s Largest Service Increase in Decades Have Staying Power? (Streetsblog SF)
  • New Art on Muni poster series to begin May 1 (Curbed SF)
  • Overnight Fire Damages Muni Shelter At Haight and Fillmore (Hoodline)
  • News crew catches teen girls’ attack on Muni rider who had shushed them (SFGate)
  • Muni given go-ahead for double berthing at downtown stations (SF Examiner)

See your Muni stories come to life next Saturday

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Our favorite night of spring is back! We can’t wait to see your shiny faces in real life at Muni Diaries Live at the Elbo Room next Saturday. We’re back with another awesome lineup, including a Muni driver, a three-piece band singing Muni-themed songs, and a Muni Haiku Battle you won’t want to miss. Join us and your fellow commuters for a night of only-in-San Francisco tales.

Muni Diaries Live
Advanced tickets are sold out, but we’ve saved some spots for a few door tickets. Get there early!
Saturday, April 18, Door: 6 p.m. Show: 7 p.m.
Elbo Room
647 Valencia Street
San Francisco
Take Muni there: J-Church, 12, 14, 22, 33, 49, or BART: 16th or 24th St stations

Our storytellers:

Yayne Abeba is a native San Franciscan. As a child, you could find her dancing and singing her way around San Francisco with the San Francisco Children’s Opera. In 1995, she began studying with Jean Shelton at the Jean Shelton actor’s lab. She was bitten by the comedy bug in 1999 at Tony Spark’s Luggage Store. “…It’s like I have no control over it…whether it’s an open mike, a showcase, or a soap box, I just want to be a part of it.”

Doug Meriwether has been a transit operator for the SFMTA for 16 years and has withstood the test of time: He still has his “day” job by working nights on the Mission Street buses! Step up and step in to follow Doug and find your Zen in a trolley. His book, The Dao of Doug: The Art of Driving a Bus or Finding Zen in San Francisco Transit: A Bus Driver’s Perspective, is a behind-the-scenes look at being a Muni driver, with his philosophy on how to maintain dignity and peace when the going gets tough.

Caitlin Gill has performed on the Oddball Comedy Tour, the Outside Lands Festival, SF Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the Vancouver Global Comedy Fest and in some of the best comedy clubs in the nation. Her writing has been featured in a Believer Magazine project for 826LA. She was featured her as one of the 7 Comics Rocking the Local Scene in 7×7 Magazine and was voted Best Comedian in the East Bay Express “Best Of” Edition in 2013. You can also hear her on podcasts like Put Your Hands Together, Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction and NPR’s Snap Judgement. We know and love her for slaying her competition in the Dirty Haiku Battle, the inspiration for our Muni Haiku Battle, at Oakland’s Tourettes Without Regrets.

Tarin Towers has been riding Muni since 1995, when she used to ride the 22 to her first job working the graveyard shift at the Denny’s in Japantown. She has performed her work nationwide, including on tour with Sister Spit. Her book is called, Sorry, We’re Close. She’s a big fan of manners and also a realist. Please don’t block the aisle with your enthusiasm.

Mesquite and Mustard is a three-piece musical act from San Francisco. Simply put, they play songs about whiskey, trains, biscuits, and mamas.

Jesse James is the reigning champion of the Muni Haiku Battle. When not administering tours of the Golden Gate Bridge to Australian tourists, Jesse spends way too much money on art school and a slightly smaller amount on comic books. He didn’t drink until he was 21 and has been trying to make up for lost time ever since. Jesse was the winner of the TOHS Class of 2000’s Most Extraordinarily Unique Male Senior Award.

Katie Haverkamp is a lifelong musician and an unofficial vintage transit cheerleader. When not airing her many grievances to the SFMTA, she can be found brewing beer inspired by the Market Street Railway fleet or earning a ticket from SFPD for fiddling in the park. Katie’s a daily L-Taraval rider and adores her spot in the fogbelt.

Ronn Vigh‘s brash attitude and acerbic wit have earned him a comparison to a young Joan Rivers by SF Weekly. It’s a fitting comparison, since he later became a writer for E! Television’s Fashion Police, which was co-hosted by Rivers. For 13 years, Ronn has been a proud San Francisco resident and not-so-proud Muni rider. It just further reminds him that his car was repossessed when he first moved here. On the bright side, he’s also a yoga teacher and has found that regularly riding Muni is an excellent way to put all the teachings of compassion and letting go into practice. It’s also great for working on your core strength when there’s no dirty hand strap in reach as you’re being tossed around a careening L train at rush hour.

Graphic design by Craig Fowler

Transit News: Fired Muni driver back, Muni double-berthing, BART track problems, cable car operator injured

We do our best to keep you up-to-date on all the latest Bay Area transit news. Check out our News section, and drop us a line if you have a news tip.

  • Fired Muni driver wins reinstatement (SFGate)
  • Muni Double-Berthing Still Delayed Pending CPUC Approval (Streetsblog SF)
  • BART’s track troubles can’t be ignored (SFGate)
  • Cable Car Operator Hit, Critically Injured By Passing Car While Offloading Passengers (CBS Bay Area)

Transit News: ACT boss quits, Muni cameras, BARTable website, Muni ethics violations, Muni upgrades

Here are the latest Bay Area transit headlines. Check out our News section for more.

  • AC Transit boss quits just ahead of dismissal meeting (Contra Costa County Times)
  • David Chiu wants Muni buses to keep their enforcement cameras on (SFGate)
  • New website highlighting “BARTable” destinations is launched (BART.gov)
  • Muni contract sparks scrutiny, talk of ethics violations || Update (SF Examiner)
  • Man suspected of pushing man in front of Muni train charged with attempted murder (KRON)
  • Muni’s vow: Service upgrades coming this month, this fall, next February (SFGate)