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Your (Wet) Weekend Transit Advisory: Men’s Health Urbanathlon, Sunset Tunnel re-railing, N-Judah signals

Athletic Association Event

On Saturday: 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 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday.

The 108 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.

Men’s Health Urbanathlon

On Sunday: The Urbanathlon Race will start and finish at Lot A of AT&T Park. The race will begin at7 a.m.

For more event details, please visit www.menshealthurbanathlon.com.

Street closures will be required throughout the race area. Local business and residential access will be allowed with possible delays.

From 6 a.m., Thursday to midnight, Sunday:

  • Terry Francois Boulevard between 3rd and China Basin streets

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Now you can protest Muni citations online

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Photo by Wayan Vota

You spend all your time online anyway.

SFMTA today announced a new online platform for protesting Muni fare-evasion tickets.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), recently launched a new portal that allows customers to protest parking and transit violations online at www.sfmta.com/protest.

So, next time you feel wrongly cited, don’t bother mailing things (snoozefest) or, god forbid, going to Muni headquarters to protest. No, now you can simply use this new site to let your protest fall into the ether and disappear forever. Or, at best, be denied. Or maybe approved? Best of luck.

Read more at SFMTA’s website.

NYC to clamp down on big-balls-riding dudes

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Spread-nuts-shaming is about to become real, you guys. Buzzfeed has story of New York City’s plan to combat this terrible scourge on society:

“The MTA, which manages New York City’s subways and buses, will launch an awareness campaign in January to stop people from taking up too much space on the seats.

“The campaign, in part, will target man spreaders: people who spread their legs wide open, even on crowded trains, MTA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz told BuzzFeed News.”

Your only excuse is that you’re saving room down there for a cat.

Also, NYC’s MTA will target ball-spreaders’ partners in terribleness: people who don’t take their backpacks off on crowded transit vehicles. Hooray!

Finally. New York follows a less-official attempt to stanch this behavior in Boston in 2009. Will SFMTA follow suit? We can only hope.

Read the full story on Buzzfeed.

Transit News: Faster 28-19th Ave bus, subway progress, Van Ness BRT

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  • SFMTA Looks to Boost Muni’s 28-19th Ave With Bus Bulbs, Fewer Stops (Streetsblog SF)
  • Central Subway Portal Structure Moves Forward (Central Subway Blog)
  • This Is Why NextMuni Predictions Are Always Screwing You Over (SF Weekly)
  • Credit Agencies Upgrade SFMTA Revenue Bonds to Highest in Nation for a Transit Agency (SFMTA)
  • Shelter squabble threatens Van Ness BRT (SFBay)

Yet another Muni redesign

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It turns out that, after arguing over parking spaces, how ugly condos are, and where you can get the best burrito, San Franciscans’ favorite thing to do is redesign what many of us hold ever so dear: The Muni Worm.

Harold sent us his design firm’s (Notorii) take. Man, if SFMTA could figure a way to GIF-ify* the Muni logo …

This version is much more true to the original than many renditions we’ve seen over the years. Notorii’s Fast Passes are enough to make me want to reward them with daily helicopter rides through the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Check out the rest of their work on Muni’s logo over at Notorii’s website.

What do you guys think?

* Hard G, mother fucker!

NYC bus driver allegedly pulled over to knife wife’s lover

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Photo by Jeremy Brooks

Never underestimate the multi-tasking abilities of a big city bus driver. And there are few better examples, perhaps, than Ephraim Henry, a New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus driver who authorities say pulled over his bus last month to stab a man believed to have been sleeping with Henry’s wife. According to the New York Daily News, Henry, 30, was headed on an empty bus back to a bus depot in Queens when he spotted Oscar Williams, 48, driving a Honda. Both men slammed on their brakes, got out of their vehicles and began to fight. During the scuffle, Henry allegedly pulled out a pocketknife and jabbed Williams in the arm.

Henry was later booked on suspicion of assault and criminal possession of a weapon. A source told the paper that Henry had some disciplinary issues on the job, noting “I wouldn’t say he was a stellar employee.”

Guess we can feel grateful when our Muni driver just stops randomly simply to pee.

h/t: Gawker