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Bernal residents demand Cesar Chavez Muni route revival

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Image by Bernalwood

Today, Bernalwood wrote about a “gaping hole” in Muni service along Cesar Chavez (née Army) Street. Turns out there’s no easy way to get over to the Caltrain Station at 22nd Street and Third Street and other Dogpatch destinations. Imagine that!

From the Bernalwood post (quoting Bernal resident Mark):

Right now, there’s no easy way to get to the 22nd Street Station. Yes, you can take the 48-Quintara down 24th St. and over the hill, but this takes a very long time. It would be so much quicker for the bus to head down our remade Cesar Chavez, bypassing Potrero Hill, making a turn at Third St., and heading straight for the station. I’ll bet it would save at least 15 minutes vs. a comparable trip on the 48.

You could start the route at Castro and 26th, or (as I have it) at Church and Cesar Chavez to connect with the J-Church.

Curious as to whether Muni ever had a line down Cesar Chavez, I looked around and found a 1947 Muni map posted by Eric Fischer.

New Muni service? An archival Muni map? Color us intrigued (and supportive). What about you? Would a revival of the 54B make your life better?

Read more over at Bernalwood.

What We Talk About When We Talk About a Muni Rider Like Tim

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Photo by Lynn Friedland

Muni rider Rory sent us this thoughtful letter about a fellow regular passenger named Tim. We have all known or met someone like Tim, and we’ve all probably looked away awkwardly when someone like Tim murmurs to himself on the bus. Rory describes one evening when looking away was not enough. What would you do?

Tim is one of those guys you meet on the bus without a filter between his thoughts and speech. It seems pretty common on Muni: thoughts just come out as psycho-babble and he could go on for a very long time. Our bus schedules are quite similar so I run into him on the 38-L a lot, but this particular ride last night made me question Muni practices and passenger reactions.

Nerves were brought to the breaking point last night when the driver insisted on over-crowding a bus that was already full. (more…)

Vodka and broken glass on the 49-Van Ness

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Expert Muni rider Beth knows what’s up (spoiler alert, it’s usually not good) when you hear a banging bottle near you on the bus.

My partner and I were riding the 49 north into the Mission recently when a handful of teenagers got on the bus. We were sitting near the very back, and one of the teens went to the window behind me and overhead and began banging on it. At first, I thought he was just trying to get the window open, but when I looked, I realized he was banging the top of a liquor bottle on the window frame. I cringed and ducked, just hoping he wouldn’t shower me with vodka and broken glass. Meanwhile, one of his friends was trying to convince him to stop, while another one was offering pointers, but the kid insisted he knew what he was doing. He must have been right, because eventually I smelled liquor and figured he’d gotten it open. They got off the bus at the next stop, taking their little party with them.

The 49 is full of surprises, be it Muni uberfan John Waters whenever he’s in town, a dispute over air quality (seriously), or literal pillow talk. What has the 49 gift horse sent you lately?

SFMTA changes route terminal, says ‘psyche,’ changes it back

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So Muni done somebody wrong, again.

Allegedly without first, like, taking the pulse of the people it would affect, SFMTA/Muni recently moved the last stop of the 30-Stockton from Divisadero to Fillmore. That’s quite a long way for people expecting to, you know, ride the bus instead of walk.

Muni rider Natalie, who wrote her supervisor in an effort to undo this horrible mistake, let us know that all is well with the world again, as Muni has moved the terminal stop back to Divisadero:

In fact, [...] Muni, who didn’t bother to inform the community, [has] admitted it was a stupid idea and “apparently” moving it back to it’s original location (Divisadero and Chestnut).

The Marina Times has the full story. Check it out.

Guy makes Muni arrival sign for his home

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Not content with the abundant Next Muni arrival apps out there, Muni rider Pavel done went and hacked his own.

Pavel says he got fed up one day when his Muni Metro train pulled off without him. Imagine what the world would look like if we all made something new every time that happened. Our city would be an ever-growing mound of stuff, kinda like in WALL-E. But I digress …

Read Pavel’s tl;dr story about making his own Muni arrival sign. Would you want one of these little buggers in your house?