Cool Muni t-shirts for the proud transit rider

Ever feel like: sometimes you can’t live with Muni, but other times you can’t live without it? Boy, do we know that feeling. If you’re on the lookout for the shirt that perfectly describes our love-hate relationship with Muni, we’ve found a new batch of local shirt makers for you.

Above: Studio Nico Muni Transfer shirt, $26 (get them while you still remember what paper transfers look like!). Read more

New Muni fare boxes serve up receipt-like new transfers

First, we lost those colorful Fast Passes. Then, we try to forget that paper transfers are on their way out. But honestly, we can’t pretend any more: the new Muni fare boxes are being installed and increasingly seen on buses in the wild. Reporter Joe Fitzgerald at the Examiner just saw one this evening, serving up less-than-pretty transfers that kind of look like receipts:


Photo credit: San Francisco Examiner

To be fair, we’ve been talking about this since, oh, 2015, and the new fare boxes (and new transfers) are designed to provide faster boarding, amongst other benefits. SFist has the scoop on how this all came to be:

“One of the biggest changes beyond having a more modern fare box is the old tear-off transfers are a thing of the past. The fare boxes will generate a printed transfer, or printed proof of payment, which has a big safety benefit for our operators,” [SFMTA Director of Transit Ed] Reiskin gushed to the SFMTA board.

I guess we can say goodbye to the unexpected delight when a generous driver gives you a Late Night transfer a few hours early. And forget about holding the bottom of your transfer to try to get by (Driver Doug will call you out, in any case, as he explains on our podcast episode recently).

For now, if you collect enough transfers in the next couple of months, you might still be able to make one of these nifty, soon-to-be-extinct craft projects:

Now and then: Muni transfer art
How long is this giant Muni transfer good for?
More Cool Muni Transfer Art

Or you could permanently commemorate how much you love the paper transfer like this impressive tattoo.

What it’s like to be the humans of the SFMTA Twittertron

San Franciscans take their right to complain about Muni very, very seriously. Your colorful commentary runs the gamut between long-form pieces on the state of humanity and a well-timed (or ill-timed, as the case may be) tweet: “Fuck you, Muni!”

We get them all the time at @MuniDiaries, and we feel your pain. But it may soften those sharp edges to know that there are actually three people (not robots!) at the SFMTA whose job is to respond to an often irate public. We tracked down these most-patient humans, got them into our podcast studio, and asked them: What’s it like to be on the receiving end of our ire?

As it turns out, it’s not all terrible. In today’s Muni Diaries podcast, SFMTA’s Schad Dalton and Rick Banchero tell us all about what it’s like to run the @sfmta_muni feed and to respond to your Muni complaints and real-life crisis — everything from violent crimes to a lost scarf.

Sometimes people will tell us we’re incompetent, that we should lose our jobs, that we are a failure, and those are just some of the nicer things. Sometimes it is hard and you feel that they are coming at you. Sometimes people are like, “Hey Muni, F-U!”

But they won’t brush you off:

And you’d to check to see if there was some follow up you might have missed. We do our research: is there more to this thread? And usually it’s somebody who has to vent. A lot of times I’ll message back to see if there is something we can help with.

Listen to the whole interview with SFMTA’s Schad Dalton and Rick Banchero in today’s Muni Diaries podcast:
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You can find Schad, Rick, and their colleagues at @sfmta_muni.

Photo by @stonymcrock

 

How to transform Clipper into a wearable

As far as looks go, Clipper is no match for the colorful Fast Passes of yesteryear, but if you have enough patience and geek skills, you can still remedy the situation. A clever life hacker on Hackernoon extracted the brains of the Clipper card and embedded into a bracelet. Blogger Stephen Cognetta got tired of carrying his Clipper card, so he extracted the brains of the Clipper card (the NFC chip) and embedded it into a couple of different styles of bracelets and wearables.

Here’s how:

First, he dissolved his Clipper card in a jar of acetone to extract just the NFC chip.

Then, he checked if the NFC chip is still functional: smart idea, there.

After that, you can embed the chip (and antennae) in almost any thing. The wearable world is your oyster!

Here’s the full post with step-by-step instructions. I’m thinking a Clipper card ring, a la mob boss style, is in order.

Thanks to Amy at Capp Street Crap for the tip.

Muni transfers to undergo serious make-under

Pic by Flickr user Christina B. Castro

They came for our Fast Passes, and we revolted by hoarding our local transit ephemera like Elaine Benes on her last box of sponges. In an attempt at modernizing the fare box experience, they are now coming for our Muni Transfers. SFist has the scoop on the uglier transfers set to replace our cheap-and-cheerful transit kaleidoscope.

I mean, I guess.

We wore Muni transfers. We used them as bookmarks. We turned the transfer into art. So excuse us for tipping our hats to another era gone by.

 

Another Muni Fare Increase Coming on July 1

Your daily $2.25 chariot is about to become your daily $2.50 ride, and more if you don’t use a Clipper card. The upcoming fare increase is a part of the Automatic Fare Indexing Policy that started in 2009, which means that prices are determined by a formula based on monetary inflation and operations costs. The nitty gritty formula is in the fare indexing policy page here.

This year’s fare hike details from the SFMTA:

Single-Trip Fares Current July 1, 2017
Regular Adult: Cash and Limited-Use Tickets (from Metro station machines) $2.50 $2.75
Regular Adult: Clipper Card and MuniMobile App $2.25 $2.50
Discount* Adult: Cash and Limited-Use Tickets $1.25 $1.35
Discount* Adult: Clipper Card or MuniMobile App $1.00 $1.25
Monthly Passes Current July 1, 2017
Adult “A” Monthly Pass (Muni + BART within San Francisco) $91.00 $94.00
Adult “M” Monthly Pass (Muni only) $73.00 $75.00
Adult Lifeline Monthly Pass (Low income) $36.00 $38.00
Discount* Monthly Pass (Muni only) $36.00 $38.00

*Discounted rates are available for youth (5-18), seniors (65+), people with disabilities and Medicare recipients.

If this seems more frequent than usual, you’re correct: the last fare increase in January was not a part of Automatic Fare Indexing but a change to the fare policy. Get more of those quarters (or your Clipper card) ready, folks. And remember the right currency: Muni no longer takes magic beans!

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