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MuniMobile ticketing app now available to all riders

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You’ve seen the ads on the bus. Now you can download Muni’s mobile ticket app on your pocket computers today (hat tip to Akit for his post here). The MuniMobile app is available for iPhone and Android, so you can give it a whirl.

I just downloaded the app onto my iPhone. You can only buy single tickets, a cable car ticket, or a 1,3,7-day pass. There doesn’t seem to be a way to buy a monthly pass on the mobile app, or to transfer the November monthly pass that I already bought (duh) from my Clipper Card onto the new mobile app. And you won’t be able to do inter-agency transfers to BART or Caltrain on the mobile app. So for now, I can’t really use this app until … never. But your word is better than mine: Have you used the MuniMobile ticketing app. If so, how did it work for you?

A few bits of advice from the MuniMobile people on how to use the app (hint: Don’t change your phone! Your tickets don’t automagically transfer to a new phone).

  • Don’t uninstall the MuniMobile mobile tickets app, upgrade to a new device, or reset your phone without transferring your tickets to your online account first. Your tickets are stored on your phone (which makes it possible to use them without an Internet connection), so uninstalling the app can permanently erase your tickets! To learn more about how to transfer your tickets, please visit the MuniMobile mobile ticketing website.
  • Activate your ticket by tapping the “Use” button when you see your train approaching. Your ticket must be activated before boarding a train.
  • Watch your phone battery level. Just like with paper tickets, you are responsible for making sure you have a valid fare at all times.
  • Changing your email address? Your downloaded ticket(s) are linked to the email address you used when you bought them. If you sign in to the app with a different email address, those tickets will not be available.

Hey Super Bowl 50 committee, Muni wires are actually beautiful


The Super Bowl 50 Committee plans to ask SFMTA to take down the overhead wires on Market Street during the sportsball fiesta, but honestly, we think the overhead wires are kind of nice in a photo op.

Next year’s Super Bowl will be held in Santa Clara, but the eight-day fan village will be in Justin Herman Plaza, where the mayor told KCBS that there won’t be room for the homeless or anyone. The Examiner reports that Supervisor Jane Kim confirmed the Super Bowl 50 Committee‘s desire to pull down Muni wires.

No decisions have been made about the potential request, but the Examiner says that pulling down the overhead wires could cost a “seven-figure number” requiring “lots of overtime” to remove correctly. The F, 6, 21, and 31 lines run on overhead wires in the area.

I actually think Muni overhead wires make for really beautiful photos, as evidenced by several of the photographers we’ve featured on Instagram. Maybe the Super Bowl 50 Committee can take a look at a few of these beauties?

Photo by @nyxnax

Photo by @geoffreyupton

Photo by @itsjustinsane

Photo by @djsoul6

Top photo by @nonny1982

More about San Francisco’s Subway Master Plan


Remember when the news about the Board of Supervisors passing the Subway Master Plan broke? That … that was awesome.

Now, on the heels of that news, the always-handy Muniverse digs into four projects already at least in the study phase that the SMP will affect now that it has been passed.

By far, the biggest project (for the region) will be a Second Transbay BART Tube and a new line through San Francisco. BART is still in the early stages of planning, but there’s one particular corridor that seems to be gaining traction and included in presentations. Under this setup, the second Transbay Tube would cross the bay from Alameda to San Francisco, landing around AT&T park and running under Second or Third to Market Street.

Other systems/projects that will benefit from the new plan are: the Caltrain/High-Speed Rail, an M-Ocean View/Park Merced extension and maybe-subway, and the T-Third/Central Subway extension to Fisherman’s Wharf. Read the rest of Muniverse’s post about the Subway Master Plan for more details.

Image by Muniverse/Jamison Wieser

Photo Exhibit Captures Change in San Francisco

From an ongoing project following Shannon Fulcher in Oakland.

Photo by Sam Wolson, from an ongoing project following Shannon Fulcher in Oakland.

Status Update is a new exhibition of documentary photography and video about change, chance, and inequality in the San Francisco Bay Area. Curated by Pete Brook and Rian Dundon, the exhibition spans the work of 14 photographers who have been documenting life in the Bay Area, some of them for decades. The curators emphasize their “deliberate and slower approaches to documentary work,” more a “take a step back and look at what’s happening” than just relying on gut reactions.


SFGate’s 10 types of BART driver: Can you name more?


If you’ve taken BART 10 different times, you’ve probably already won BART Driver Bingo. Today on SFGate, 10 different types of BART operator are exposed. Here’s a sample:

  1. THE PUBLIC SHAMER We all saw the commuter jam onto the train with her bike. There’s no need to go on a minute-long rant about the woman in the third car who almost took the train out of service for everyone else. We got it. She got it. Please let us ride the train without tension lingering in the air.
  2. THE PLACATER “If you’re trying to squish onto this train, there’s another SFO train directly behind this one.” No, driver. That train is 10 minutes away. That is not “directly behind,” and it will be even more full than this one. Stop trying to trick us!
  3. THE MUMBLER Uh oh, the train has stopped in the Transbay Tube. Better take out your headphones and listen to the announcement. Ah yes, it sounds like we’re experiencing hisssss hissss train shhhh delay. Did anyone catch that? No? Hopefully it’s not a real problem…

To read the full list, visit SFGate: The 10 types of drivers you get on BART.

One type that I would add: THE ALMOST-BUT-NOT-QUITE-ER You know the one—can’t quite get the train to line up with those black squares on the platform. Takes way too long to open the doors after pulling into the station.

If you’ve got any archetypal BART operators not yet named, share with the group!

Photo by Adam McLane