When Women Couldn’t Hang on Cable Cars

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Did you know that there was a time, not so long ago, when women weren’t allowed to stand outside the cable car? According to the SFMTA blog, until 1965, women couldn’t stand on the running boards outside of the cable cars, which is the hallmark of riding these iconic vehicles.

The practice was changed after Mona Hutchins, a 19-year-old UC Berkeley student and free speech advocate, stood up and was arrested for refusing to yield an unwritten restriction that didn’t apply to men.

The photo above is from the SFMTA Photo Archive, taken in 1967 for the Cable Car Queen contest. It just so happened that today we found the delightful photo of a N-Judah driver proudly wearing her pink pussy hat, as captured by @rebeccafoxmetalsculpture on Instagram.

muni diaries n judah driver pussy hat by rebeccafoxmetalsculpture

Decades later, it’s good to see that some things have changed, and that there are still people fighting the good fight.

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Getting to and from AT&T Park: SF Giants fans’ transit guide

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The San Francisco Giants are back for the 2017 season. For those bleeding orange and black, foam fingers in tow, squished into Muni and BART while daydreaming of their pregame pregaming, here’s everything you need to know about getting to and from the game:

Via the SFMTA:

Transit

The following Muni service is available to and from all home games:

E Embarcadero (service ends at 6 p.m.)
T Third
N Judah
Metro Ballpark Shuttles
10 Townsend
30 Stockton
45 Union/Stockton
47 Van Ness
Baseball fans may purchase round trip Muni transfer tickets at the east end of Embarcadero Station near the Muni station agent booth two-and-a-half hours prior to the start time of the game.

One-way Muni transfers can be purchased at the AT&T Park ticket windows located at 2nd and King streets and Willie Mays Plaza. Transfers will be sold starting two hours before the game until the game begins, and again from the beginning of the 7th inning until 30 minutes after the game.

Additional Muni Metro “baseball shuttles” will supplement existing N Judah and T Third service to the ballpark.

The additional service begins two hours prior to the game and continues until approximately 20 minutes after the start of the game.

SFMTA parking control officers (PCOs) will help fans get to and from the game. Prior to each game, PCOs are deployed to key locations around the ballpark to facilitate pedestrian safety, efficient movement of transit vehicles and other traffic.

More details about Muni service to AT&T Park, including connections from other Bay Area transit systems, can be found at the SFMTA website. Regional transit information for BART, Caltrain and the ferries as well as traffic is available on the 511 website.

Photo by our favorite chocolatier, @noshthis.

How I dress on Mondays

man wearing blanket on muni by kevinkelleher

How many times do you wish you could just do this at work? Like, “don’t look at me, I haven’t had coffee,” and then just pull out your blanket from under your desk and make everything go away. Thanks to @kevinkelleherphotography on Instagram for submitting this photo.

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SFPD arrests suspect in new ‘Muni humper’ case

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Less than 24 hours after we reported the case of a man who was sexually assaulting women on Muni by rubbing himself against them, the police made an arrest in the case. There were at least four victims in the case, and one of them had commented with her own horrifying account in our original post yesterday.

The San Francisco Examiner reported yesterday that “additional police officers were directed to ride the N-Judah between downtown stations and the avenues.”

SFBay’s Jerold Chinn saw police officers riding on the N yesterday afternoon and tweeted the photo above.

According to SFPD spokesperson Grace Gatpandan, an office from the Taraval Station met with one of the victims yesterday and disseminated the photo of the suspect to Muni Division officers.

More from the SFPD:

Richmond Station officers were able to identify the suspect. Park Station officers located the suspect at Carl and Stanyan Streets and took him into custody without incident. The suspect, a 45 year old white male, is being charged with multiple misdemeanors including sexual battery, sexual battery on public transportation,‎ continuing offense of public nuisance and one felony count of false imprisonment.

The police has not released the name and photo of the suspect, and asks that anyone with more information about the case call the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the beginning of the message.

SFPD: Be on the lookout for another ‘Muni humper’

Muni humper

Update, 6:55 a.m., April 5, 2017:
The police arrested the suspect last night! According to SFPD spokesperson Grace Gatpandan, an office from the Taraval Station met with one of the victims yesterday and disseminated the photo of the suspect to Muni Division officers.

More from the SFPD:

Richmond Station officers were able to identify the suspect. Park Station officers located the suspect at Carl and Stanyan Streets and took him into custody without incident. The suspect, a 45 year old white male, is being charged with multiple misdemeanors including sexual battery, sexual battery on public transportation,‎ continuing offense of public nuisance and one felony count of false imprisonment.

The police has not released the name and photo of the suspect, and asks that anyone with more information about the case call the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 with SFPD at the beginning of the message.

Update, 5:49 p.m., April 4, 2017:

Muni Diaries reader Courtney actually had an exchange with this suspect. She requests that we withhold her last name. From the Muni Diaries Facebook page, Courtney commented:

He was on the N going outbound and got on at Church and Duboce. He tried to hump two women from behind and I intercepted both times (stared at him, “accidentally” hit his hand with my umbrella etc.) and followed him through the train. He then tried to hump a woman’s shoulder who was sitting in a seat and I finally told him that he needed to give her some room. He asked why I was following him through the train and I told him it’s because “you’ve tried to dry hump about three women so far and I’m not having it.” I yelled it loud enough so the whole car could hear me and he sat down huffing and puffing for the rest of the ride while I stood beside him, glaring.

Ew! Thanks, Courtney, for the update.

Original post, 11:24 a.m. April 4, 2017:

The San Francisco Police Department is looking for a man they say is assaulting women on Muni by rubbing himself against unsuspecting passengers, ABC7‘s Lilian Kim reports:

“I felt someone banging against me,” said Michelle, who only wants to share her first name. She couldn’t believe what happened to her on the outbound N-Judah last Thursday. She says a man was rubbing against her, something she says she witnessed him doing to another woman weeks earlier, also on Muni. “I was very angry because the fact that this was the second time, me seeing the guy made me think, ‘He must do this regularly,'” she said.

Riders took photos of the suspect, posted on NextDoor.com, and police say the public should be on the lookout.

In 2009, Muni Diaries readers helped SFPD nab another man who was “humping” the shoulders of female riders. The story was originally submitted as a horrified account of an N-Judah rider; after publication, more readers came forward with similar experiences, and the police caught the suspect with your help.

If you have information for the police about the new Muni perp, here’s the SFPD tip line.

Found on BART: Your direct line to God

god phone number on bart from we built this city

On BART, a very thoughtful believer has left an important tip for you. This comes to us via @TheRealWBTC, who says, “Oh good, I’m gonna have a lot of questions for her when I call. A LOTTA questions.”

Speaking of which, if God had a hotline, what do you think God’s phone tree must look like?

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