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Transit News: Muni on-time, shuttles, pols must ride Muni, Van Ness BRT hearing

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  • Time to tie pay to Muni’s on-time performance (SF Examiner)
  • Owner of Private Commuter Shuttle to Be Charged After Bus Blocks J-Church (CBS Bay Area)
  • Mayor, Board of Supervisors Actually Required By Law to Ride Muni (SFist)
  • Muni sickout: Too ill to work, but just fine for payday (Matier and Ross)
  • Muni returns to school schedules as SFUSD year begins (SF Examiner)
  • Public Hearing Friday For Van Ness Rapid Transit Project (Hoodline)
  • It’s a race for two BART director seats in November; two others get a free ride (Contra Costa County Times)

SF Examiner: A Day in the Life of a Muni Fare Inspector

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Muni fare inspector might be the most thankless job since meter maid. And it probably generates something close to the same level of anger, annoyance, and utter disdain.

But sometimes, you need to put yourself in their shoes. The Examiner’s Jessica Kwong takes a look at what it’s like trying to enforce Muni’s fare system.

“You’re f—ing this, you’re f—ing that,” said Sgt. Larry Nichol, supervisor for the other two men. “I used to keep a journal of what people say to me.”

In the nine months that [Stan] Lui, 33, has been a fare inspector, his impression from the public he has direct contact with is they generally don’t like him and his colleagues in the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Proof of Payment Unit.

“I hear from people that the No. 1 hated ones are parking control officers, police officers and fare inspectors,” Lui said. “That’s how I see it, because when people verbally abuse you, that means they don’t like you.”

Inspectors are catching fare evaders throughout The City and offenders aren’t race-, gender-, age- or income-specific. They’ve cited homeless individuals to men in fancy suits who keep a charged Clipper cards but don’t tag them.

“Sometimes you hear people go, ‘Do I look like a fare evader?’ And I say, ‘I don’t know, what does a fare evader look like?’” Nichol said.

Fare evasion results in an estimated $19 million of lost revenue annually for the SFMTA, and without the $6.5 million fare inspector program, that amount of money lost would be “much worse,” according to SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose.

Check out the rest of Kwong’s article at SFExaminer.com. And don’t forget to pay your fare!

Gold, Silver, and Bronze Winners of Muni Awesome

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Everyone is a unique beautiful snowflake in his or her own way (mom told us as much, and we’re sticking to it), but these three spotted on Muni win our awesome Olympics this week. Cue your armful of flowers and cry faces now for:

  1. The N driver who goes “Choo choo! Chuga-chuga-chuga!” Can we clone him?
  2. The old man who plays his NWA video on speakerphone on Muni. No, seriously, thank you.
  3. In which it’s the oldest guy who gives his seat up for the Marine vet in leg braces & cane. #munidiaries #OutboundL #sfmuni

This week’s Things on Muni Olympics Special is brought to you by @goldfine, @brendanstarr, and @ATCPeter. Share your nominees @munidiaries.

Thursday Night: PUBlic Transit Crawl

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This Thursday evening, the San Francisco Transit Riders Union is hosting a Muni pub crawl fundraiser where $40 gets you a year-long SFTRU membership, four drink tickets, and some commuter camaraderie. Here’s the schedule:

Thursday, August 14th:
5:00: Mr. Smith’s, 34 Seventh St (Civic Center)
5:40: 71L-Haight/Noriega
6:00: Mad Dog in the Fog, 530 Haight St (Lower Haight)
6:40: 6 Parnassus
7:00: Martin Macks, 1568 Haight St (Upper Haight)
7:40: 71-Haight/Noriega
8:00: Yancy’s Saloon, 734 Irving (Inner Sunset)
8:40: N-Judah or your own route home

I think it’s a universal law that booze plus Muni will get you some funny tweets for @munidiaries. Amirite?