The San Francisco Transit Riders Union is launching its new “Make Transit Awesome” campaign tonight with a kickoff party, and your humble Muni Diaries editor will be part of a panel to talk about the behind-the-scenes gems of documenting your daily commute.
From the San Francisco Transit Riders Union:
We’ve been active in the San Francisco transit community since 2010, slowly growing and now punching above our weight. Everything we’ve accomplished so far has been entirely lead by volunteers with one part-time contractor. We want to step up our game and bring on full-time, permanent staff who can truly devote their time and organizing skills to increasing our reach throughout the city and across all possible transit projects.
We envision a Muni where no matter where you are going, you can get there in 30 minutes. We want to help make this happen by launching a “30 by ’30” campaign, outlining a rider-centric vision of the city’s transit network over the next 15 years.
The Indiegogo campaign has already surpassed its initial goal, and you can hear more about it at the event this evening.
San Francisco Transit Riders Union’s Make Transit Awesome
Party and Campaign Kick off
Thursday Apr 21, 7-9 pm
717 Market Street
Photo by Todd Lappin
What happens when you pack the Elbo Room with Muni riders who love nothing more than a good story? Amazing tales, a new spin on bingo, and an only-in-San Francisco burlesque act that put old paper Fast Passes to very good use. At our 15th show, we were still floored by the enthusiasm and support of everyone who came to Muni Diaries Live, especially our storytellers who really dug deep into their San Francisco experience to share stories that are both funny and vulnerable, and serve as excellent reminders of why public transit is an important part of any urban existence.
We kicked off the show with Muni Diaries Live alum Jesse James, whose friends are constantly amazed at his endless supply of Muni tales.
Just by the ol’ eyeball test, this monster screen looks to be able to cover about 75 percent of the width of a BART train. Can’t wait for it to be considered too small.
h/t BART rider Joey: “I hope he knows how many elevators are out of service.”
A power nap can increase productivity, boost your memory, and give you a surge of creativity and energy. Additional benefit of power napping on Muni? Better immunity to all sorts of germs that’ve been marinating on that floor.
Thanks to Courney H. for the photo.
Have we reached Peak Cute on Muni, or what? This fella got himself (has to be for him) a Hello Kitty drum kit, said “screw it,” got on a crowded M-Ocean View at night, and proceeded to rule the universe.
He joins an elite group of people with musical instruments on Muni. To whit:
Strummin’ away on Muni
Playing the cello on a moving Muni bus
Brass section represented on Muni
h/t Muni rider @jessieestellabrickley
Where can you find a club full of people who love San Francisco as much as you do, aren’t too snooty to ride the bus, and will cheer at the mention of “Back Door!”? You’ll find good company at Muni Diaries Live this Saturday, where you can raise a glass with your fellow commuters and toast to the hilarity of riding Muni (and BART, too!).
We’ve got a stellar lineup of performers with all the funny, sweet, and sometimes totally WTF stories that happen on Muni and BART. And for this show, we have the lovely Alexa Von Kickinface, co-host of San Francisco’s infamous and beloved monthly burlesque show—Hubba Hubba Revue! Muni plus burlesque? You’ll have to see it for yourself.
Oh, and dust off your bingo daubers! For the first time, we’re playing Muni Bingo, and you can win free drinks at the Elbo Room bar! My hands are currently covered with glue from renaming all 75 bingo balls to Muni lines, so make it all worthwhile and come play Muni bingo with us! There are only a handful of tickets left in advanced sales, so get your tickets soon!
Muni Diaries Live (Tickets)
Saturday, April 16, Door: 6 p.m. Show: 7 p.m.
647 Valencia Street San Francisco
Take Muni there: J-Church, 12, 14, 22, 33, 49
Take BART there: 16th or 24th St. stations
Photo of Alexa Von Kickinface by Jessica Lotz