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Your Weekend Transit Advisory: Critical Mass, SF Half Marathon, (official) launch of 55-16th St., construction

Critical Mass

On Friday: At 6 p.m., the Critical Mass bicycle ride will begin at Justin Herman Plaza.

There will be heavy traffic in the area. Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time.

San Francisco Half Marathon

On Sunday: The 32nd annual Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon will begin at 8 a.m. The race begins and ends in Golden Gate Park and is accompanied by a 5K Run which stays completely in the Park. For more event details, please visit www.xnet.kp.org.

The following Muni routes will be affected:

  • 18 46th Avenue
  • 23 Monterey
  • 33 Stanyan
  • 43 Masonic
  • 44 O’Shaughnessy

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Transit News: Muni near-crash, more transit-only lanes, stolen puppy, BART train car shortage, drop in BART satisfaction

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  • Video: Citizen’s Quick Reflexes Prevent Red-Light-Running Muni Driver From Causing Terrible Accident (SFist)
  • Muni Paints More Downtown Transit Lanes Red (Streetsblog SF)
  • SFPD Release Photos Of Man Suspected Of Stealing Puppy On Muni (SF Appeal)
  • Why aren’t there more 10-car BART trains? (BART.gov)
  • Transportation Challenges Complicate School Choice for S.F. Students (SF Public Press)
  • BART Customer Satisfaction Drops 10% In 3 Years, Riders Worry About Crowded Cars, Cleanliness (CBS Bay Area)

Photo by Lynn Friedman

Man on Muni Safari spots rare beast 55-16th St.

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Sometimes it’s what’s inside the bus that draws our attention. Occasionally, it’s something happening just outside the bus.

And then other times, it’s the bus itself. Case in point: Kyle spotted this 55-16th St. bus earlier this week, running its route, picking up passengers, all a week ahead of schedule. Nothing to see here. Move along. Move along.

h/t Streetsblog SF: Eyes on the Street: Muni’s New 55-16th Street Line Spotted Early

Photo by Kyle

Watch this Sundance documentary of the ‘other’ 22 bus

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A new documentary airing at Sundance and on The New York Times today chronicles the 22 VTA bus in San Jose, a 24-hour line that turns into an overnight refuge for the homeless. This unfortunate reality is something that San Franciscans know all too well, and we have even heard from long-time residents and drivers about homeless people riding public transit to keep warm. The documentary is powerful, even (or especially) without narration.

Filmmaker Elizabeth Lo is a student at Stanford and made the film about the bus route, which is known as “Hotel 22.” During the course of the evening, some of the riders get into an argument, and others mutter complaints, but the bus driver seemed unfazed and woke everyone up when they arrived in Palo Alto in the morning.

You can watch the documentary on The New York Times.

Anti-Islam Muni ads re-imagined ever so awesomely

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The Internet Age often has a way of making things work out. Talking more of justice than revenge.

Case in point: We recently told you about these questionable at least, terrible at best totally racist ads that had been popping up on Muni buses all over town. It’s not clear who’s behind the efforts, but according to The Mary Sue:

The ads now feature Kamala Khan, Marvel’s Comics first Muslim character to headline her own comic book with messages against islamophobia, racism and hate speech and a group of protestors calling for more love. Enjoy.

I don’t think I could love this any more than I do.

Scale of 1-10 (10 being puppies and kittens hugging): How awesome is this corrected ad? After all, if the inside of the Muni bus implores us to please love back, perhaps it behooves the outside of the bus to carry the same message.

h/t Muni rider Andy

Photo via Street Cred – Advertising for the People

Transit News: Free Muni expanded, cyclists on public transit, Bay Area’s transit plan

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Photo by Lynn Friedman

  • Dear SF Supervisors: Stop Trying to Score Cheap Political Points and Stay Focused on Fixing Muni Now (Andy Bosselman on Medium)
  • Free Muni To Be Offered To Disabled, Low- To Moderate-Income Seniors (SF Appeal)
  • SFMTA approves Muni service increase (SF Bay)
  • How Your City’s Public Transit Stacks Up (Five Thirty Eight)
  • Cyclists bridge gaps with greater acceptance on public transit (SFGate)
  • What is the Bay Area’s Plan for 21st Century Transportation? (KQED)