Montgomery Street Station’s Secret Breakroom

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It makes total sense that there would be a break room at the Montgomery Street Station, but who would have imagined how magical it looks!?

Curbed editor Brock Keeling caught a glimpse of the very domestic-looking room. It’s like the wardrobe doors opened and Narnia is a 1980s San Francisco apartment kitchen! The only thing that could make this better is the smell of buttered toast, tea, and boxes of Turkish Delight on the counter.

For another delight from Brock, check out his wonderful sneak peek of the new SFMoMA on Curbed.

BART seat hogs will be fined up to $500

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Attention, inconsiderate people: BART just voted to fine riders who take up more than one seat during commute hours. BART director Joel Keller proposed the policy, which he says was prompted by seeing a rude young rider on BART.

Here’s how the fines will work, according to the San Francisco Business Times:

The board voted 5 to 4 to enact the measure, which will fine riders who are caught using more than one seat $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second and $500 for repeat offenses. It will be enforced during BART’s peak hours, 6 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays.

The San Francisco Business Times also says that “the new rule will go into effect once the BART police develop an enforcement policy that is approved by the board,” so it could be a little while before you see the policy in action.

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Tonight: SF Transit Riders Union’s Kickoff Party

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The San Francisco Transit Riders Union is launching its new “Make Transit Awesome” campaign tonight with a kickoff party, and your humble Muni Diaries editor will be part of a panel to talk about the behind-the-scenes gems of documenting your daily commute.

From the San Francisco Transit Riders Union:

We’ve been active in the San Francisco transit community since 2010, slowly growing and now punching above our weight. Everything we’ve accomplished so far has been entirely lead by volunteers with one part-time contractor. We want to step up our game and bring on full-time, permanent staff who can truly devote their time and organizing skills to increasing our reach throughout the city and across all possible transit projects.

We envision a Muni where no matter where you are going, you can get there in 30 minutes. We want to help make this happen by launching a “30 by ’30” campaign, outlining a rider-centric vision of the city’s transit network over the next 15 years.

The Indiegogo campaign has already surpassed its initial goal, and you can hear more about it at the event this evening.

San Francisco Transit Riders Union’s Make Transit Awesome
Party and Campaign Kick off
Thursday Apr 21, 7-9 pm
717 Market Street
Facebook invite

Photo by Todd Lappin

Your Annual ‘Take Muni to Giants Games’ Notice

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We’ve been through this before, you guys. Still, doesn’t matter. Baseball is back! Spring has sprung! Muni vehicles anywhere remotely close to AT&T Park on game days will be that special snowflake shitshow we’ve all come to expect, whether we accept it or not.

Still, and rightly so, SFMTA really wants us to take Muni to the game. If you’re not hoofin’ it, riding your bike (the SF Bike Coalition offers free bicycle storage right there in the belly of the stadium, btw), or god forbid, taking a car (for shame!), here’s some info that might pertain to you:

Opening Day for the 2016 Major League Baseball season is nine days away and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) encourages San Francisco Giants fans to make their plans for getting to and from AT&T Park on game days […] The Giants will play 81 regular season home games this year at AT&T Park, April 7 through Oct. 2. The Giants’ home opener is Thursday, April 7.

And here are the routes that will get you to or close to your favorite baseball team:

  • T Third
  • N Judah
  • 10 Townsend
  • 30 Stockton
  • 45 Union
  • 47 Van Ness

Oh, and if you’re going to today’s game, here’s a note you can show your boss, signed by Gold Glove/Silver Slugger Brandon Crawford (courtesy San Francisco Giants Baseball Club):

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Yeehaw! Drivers compete in first Muni ‘Roadeo’ in 8 years

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Ed. note: Ever wonder what your Muni driver does in their spare time? Over the weekend, some of them competed in the first “Muni Bus Roadeo” since last decade.

Friends of Muni Diaries Steve and Amanda were there to capture some of the excitement. Here’s their report:

The 2016 Muni Bus Roadeo is an event where Muni’s smoothest operators show off their skills in a competition of skill, speed, and safety.

This weekend’s event was the first Roadeo since 2008. In that span, however, San Francisco has been represented at the Super Bowl of bus driving—the American Public Transportation Association’s International Bus Roadeo.

Saturday was a cold and foggy morning when the drivers started, but the sun shined in the afternoon, reflecting off the participants’ neon safety vests.

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