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What Muni and BART drivers really wanna say

Ever wonder what’s going on in the minds of the men and women at the controls of our public transit on a daily basis? Well, wonder no more.

The Atlantic’s Citylab brings us Above Average’s look behind the curtains, as it were. Pay extra special attention around 1:06.

Surely, one of the other cities they’re talking about cannot possibly be San Francisco? Okay, okay. And sorry that I called you Shirley.

Speaking of transit operators, don’t miss the very first Muni driver we’ve ever had on stage, Driver Doug, at Muni Diaries Live this Saturday at the Elbo Room. Getcher tickets here today!

h/t Sara

Missed Connection with N-Judah photobomber

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N-Judah rider Rachel was framing that perfect candid Instagram photo on the Muni platform (you know, rule of thirds in a perfect square, yada yada) when this guy in the train decided to wave hello. Our hearts stopped because this is just the kind of dorky cute gesture that romcoms should be made of.

From Rachel:

Missed Connection: We locked eyes at Powell Station last week as I attempted to take an Instagram-worthy picture of the crowded N-Judah. You photo-bombed my candid and I blushed. You could have been my best friend. We could have shared a pizza or laughed about old times over IPAs or discussed House Of Cards or gone to Fort Funston. But now all we have is this cropped memory.

Dear photobomber, who are you?

Join us at Muni Diaries Live on Saturday, April 18, for a night of true, hilarious, weird, and sweet stories that can only happen on Muni! Grab a ticket and we’ll see you there!

Chartered party on the F-Market at night? Yes, please

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You’re in for a treat this Saturday, as SF’s own Mesquite and Mustard joins the lineup at Muni Diaries Live to sing about, in their own words, “trains and whiskey.” We’re on board. See what I did there?

On the following weekend, the trio will be providing musical accompaniment for Market Street Railway’s first-ever Night Train, a chartered party on wheels aboard one of the historic streetcars that MSR acquires, restores, and maintains. From the press release:

Come ride Muni’s first streetcar, car 1, along the historic F-line from the Castro to Fisherman’s Wharf and back all lit up. While riding, you’ll be able to enjoy drinks that will be available (your first is free) as well as the sounds of a live performance by the local band Mesquite and Mustard. The excursion is on Sunday, April 26, 7-9pm.

Car 1 had its inaugural run out Geary Street on December 28, 1912, piloted by then Mayor James Rolph, Jr. It ran for 39 years until 1951 when it was retired from service. In 1962, it was restored to its original condition to serve as the centerpiece of Muni’s 50th anniversary. Car 1 was used during the summer trolley festivals during the 1980s and became part of the new F-Market line fleet in 1995. In 2009-2010, it was completely restored and returned to regular service on October 6, 2012, almost a century after it was originally built.

Seating is limited to 42 passengers, so sign up today.

For more information on what promises to be a thrilling and very San Francisco evening, go to Market Street Railway.

‘Only on Muni’ head-scratchers

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Sure, there’s a lot of weird shit you see on Muni every day. But in a separate class all by themselves are the one-offs, the things you might experience only once, but things that will leave you scratching your head and saying (out loud or to yourself), “Only on Muni, man.” Indeed.

  • these senior citizens on Muni look like they’re about to punch each other. “Why don’t you shut up,” said the bearded one
  • I don’t even know where I’m going. I got on muni and I don’t wanna get off because I’m lazy to get up.
  • On #SFMuni this morning I witnessed a really intense selfie photo-shoot…
  • This 70+ year-old guy just walked on MUNI with a huge boner tent. Good for him.
  • Saw a smashed burrito on the floor of the 45. Poured out some imaginary salsa for the fallen homie. #RIP

This week’s Things on Muni comes to you from the wonderful, creative, sexy minds and fingertips of Muni riders @JQiii, @_PatriciaVaras, @MikeAloha, @Ereeeek, and @scenechangeGO. Be cool like them and follow Muni Diaries on Twitter right now. Go on, we’ll wait here.

Join us at Muni Diaries Live on Saturday, April 18, for a night of true, hilarious, weird, and sweet stories that can only happen on Muni! Grab a ticket and we’ll see you there!

Photo by David Lytle

Transit News: BART 2016 fare hike, Muni service increases, new Muni art, Muni double-berthing gets green light

Here’s the transit news we’ve collected since our last news roundup. If you have news tips, email them our way, por favor.

  • BART announces 3.4 percent planned 2016 fare increase (SFGate)
  • Will Muni’s Largest Service Increase in Decades Have Staying Power? (Streetsblog SF)
  • New Art on Muni poster series to begin May 1 (Curbed SF)
  • Overnight Fire Damages Muni Shelter At Haight and Fillmore (Hoodline)
  • News crew catches teen girls’ attack on Muni rider who had shushed them (SFGate)
  • Muni given go-ahead for double berthing at downtown stations (SF Examiner)