Get ready for traffic snarl as Van Ness BRT construction starts this month


File this under “It’ll Get Worse Before It Gets Better.” Construction on the Van Ness BRT (bus rapid transit) is about to start this month, changing the center two lanes on Van Ness to bus-only. One block to the east, Polk Street will also undergo construction to improve sidewalks, bike lanes, and other features. The construction is set to take place mostly during week days, so you can expect traffic congestion on both streets. And in case you make the mistake of driving on Van Ness (or just … driving), there will be no left turns.

The Van Ness Improvement project‘s dedicated transit lanes will be for use by Muni and Golden Gate Transit, physically separated from “mixed traffic lanes.” There will also be new boarding islands, new traffic signals prioritizing transit, and pedestrian safety additions such as shortening crossing distances, zebra-striped sidewalks, and audible crossing signals. The SFMTA says that the Van Ness BRT “is expected to cut travel times for the 49 and 47 Muni routes by 32 percent.” Construction is expected to wrap by 2019.

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What’s the most awkward thing you’ve carried on Muni?


Muni Diaries reader Casey reported the latest awkward strange cargo that someone took on Muni because that’s how you get around town:

When you have to take a streetcar to transport a spare tire to the nearest gas station! Thank goodness the train driver was kind enough to drop her off near the gas station.


Whether it’s a giant bubble wrap, a full-size mattress, or Saint Jude himself, our strange cargo report has you covered. Tag us on Instagram #munidiaries to submit your own report!

Photo via @cmalado

Impromptu BART Jam Session


One of the best perks about playing a portable instrument is probably being able to jam with other musicians whenever you want! These guys on BART decided to do just that.

We wish we had a video of what they were playing but it does look like fun. If you’re find yourself in an impromptu jam session (or chamber trio, or just solo harp performance) in transit, let us know!

This BART diary entry came from @lovelysage on Instagram. Got your own noteworthy moment on the go? Tag us #munidiaries on Instagram to add your own slice of life.

Bonus: guitar-loving hobo cat makes an appearance at BART.

Giant balloon takes Muni to the party

What if someone just walked up and popped this?

A photo posted by Beth Spotswood (@bethspotswood) on

Bubble wrap. Skinny roads on mountain tops. Balloons. Some situations in life strike intense, nearly inexplicable urges in some of us.

Case in point: This Muni rider, clearly giving zero fucks, transported a rather large balloon on the bus last week. Lucky for them, friend of Muni Diaries Beth resisted that urge of urges. We hope that wherever this balloon was headed received it enthusiastically.

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