Old Muni tokens
Photo by Joe Moore
When I moved to San Francisco in 2000, I lived on a cable car line and immediately began using it and the Van Ness bus lines. (Remember the 42-Downtown Loop? I sure do, and fondly.) Aside from riding wide-eyed around my new city, learning the ropes of the public transit system, I recall using tokens like the ones pictured above. They seem like such relics nowadays, what with the present-day move toward Clipper and electronic payment/proof-of-payment.
I’m pretty sure I saved one of these away in my little keepsake box at home.
Do you have any tokens left? Have you used any to ride Muni lately?
- Akit on the demise of the Muni token
- On Muni’s Wikipedia page, the earliest mention of tokens is 1947
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