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Coolest bus shelters in a tiny Austrian town

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A tiny Austrian town has built some of the most intriguing bus stops we’ve ever seen. The town of Krumbach (population 1,000) approached some international architects to design bus stops in exchange for a free vacation, and the results are pretty delightful. The bus stop above is from Ensamble Studio from Spain. More from City Lab:

Association kultur krumbach, the village’s nascent cultural organization, approached seven international architects with an unusual proposition: design a bus stop for us and we’ll give you a free vacation in Krumbach.

Every single one of them said “yes.”

By summer 2013, all the designs had been submitted and construction began. The international architects — Sou Fujimoto (Japan), Wang Shu (China), Rintala Eggertsson Architects (Norway) , Ensamble Studio (Spain), Smiljan Radic (Chile), Architecten de Vylder Vinck Taillieu (Belgium), and Alexander Brodsky (Russia) — collaborated with over 200 local designers and craftsmen to erect each distinct structure.

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Bus stop by Smiljan Radic (Chile)

See the rest of the photos at City Lab.

H/t: Muni Diaries reader Charlie L.
Photo credit: Yuri Palmin, Adolf Bereuter

Clever Bay to Breakers Costume Shows Pain of Riding Muni

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This is quite possibly the most San Francisco Bay to Breakers costume ever. This awesome woman dressed up as “Muni Doors Closing”, reppin’ the daily annoyance that only Muni riders can understand. Cue the annoying beeping and eye rolling from fellow passengers! And more props to her for running a 12K in this get up. Thanks to Lindsay N for the photo.

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From the Vault: Paper Muni Fast Passes Through the Years


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Before Clipper cards came into your life (“Translink” for you transit OGs), we marked our calendars by the monthly unveiling of the colorful paper Fast Pass. The paper Fast Pass was discontinued in 2011, and today we’re bringing back some of our favorite old Muni passes through the years. From the Muni Diaries vault:

  • Ken Schmier is the man who came up with the concept of the Fast Pass. He’s also the mind behind NextBus. Strange, right? But also, not. This happened around 37 years ago, to the best of our knowledge. The first passes went on sale sometime in 1974. The earliest we could find an image of (below) is October 1976.
  • In a blog post from Chronicle Books, designers for the book publisher lamented the lameness of the Clipper Card look, and paid homage to the beauty of the paper pass.
  • In 2009, local artist John Kuzich opened his Fast Pass exhibit at the de Young Museum. Kuzich asked for people’s passes on Craigslist, then assembled them on panels in really interesting and beautiful ways.

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Photo by Cranky Old Mission Guy

You can see lots more photos in this post. Here are some of our favs:

fast pass collage by steve rhods
Photo by Steve Rhodes

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Photo by cbcastro

In this corner, Muni Haiku challenger’s kickass streetcar tattoo

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The Muni Haiku Battle is set to resume its ferocity eight days from now, as syllable-slinger Ronn Vigh squares off against first-time contestant Katie (who also happens to be one-third of the musical group Mesquite and Mustard, but more about that later.) Katie sent us her boat tram tattoo after seeing some other Muni tattoos we posted a few weeks ago. This has to count for something, right?

A week from tomorrow, you can watch Katie and her skin art take on Ronn for what promises to be the most exciting, nail-biting, side-splitting hilarious moments you’ll live to witness (until the next time). Did you get advance tickets to Muni Diaries Live on April 18 yet? Advanced tickets are sold out, but we’ve saved some spots for a few door tickets. Get there early!