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

Photo by torbakhopper

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


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?

A Quiet Night on the 38-Geary

Photo by Justin

Appreciative people-watching has always been part of the appeal here at Muni Diaries, and I think the view from Muni rider Stuart’s seat reminds us as much. The vomit shower is pretty gross, though.

A man boards the 38 with his hair in what appeared to be a two-foot tall orange condom. Another man staggers aboard on, asking everyone in earshot where he could get his fix. A woman talks about her divorce on speakerphone. A group of bros holding burritos and PBRs yammer and sway.

Nothing happens.

I sit in a singleton seat, and I look outside, and it is raining. I open the window, relishing the cool scent of wet asphalt, and turn my head toward the rain, smiling as my eyelashes catch the few drops that fall in upon me from outside. It strikes me that sitting there, smiling at nothing, and smelling the rain, I might be the strangest guy on the bus.

One of the bros takes a bite of his burrito, a swig of his PBR, and showers his buddies and their poorly tailored suits in vomit as the 38 swerves to miss a double-parked car.

Everything returns to the status quo, as madness erupts around me.

The 38-Geary is one of our most talked-about lines. Who knows, you may run into The Most Interesting Man in the World (you may even be him, depending on how your day went), or you may find yourself quietly defending your sexuality and Little Mermaid backpack. If you have a story that’s worthy of the #OnlyonMuni hashtag, send it our way and you could win tickets (and saved choice seating) to Muni Diaries Live, set for Nov. 8 at the Elbo Room.

The nerve of some people on Muni

Photo by Shuvo C

You’ve seen them. You’ve heard them. You’ve smelled them. You’ve wished they got off at every single stop along your longer-than-it-should be commute, only to have them outlast you, somehow. They are: Muni riders with cojones grandes.

Most recently:

  • OH on Muni: ‘Um, would you move? I deserve this seat more than you do. I’m prettier.’ #munidiaries #27bryant
  • If you are not wearing deodorant please put your arms down on the bus #Dirty30 #citylife #thatbuslifedoe
  • Let’s play who can be louder?! The toddler or the lady in the back on the phone singing n’ shit! #sfmuni #19
  • “You know why I sit here? To look at all the pretty ladies.” Old man to old lady on the J-Line. #jline #onlyonMuni
  • witnessed a woman fling her booger onto the back of a chair on #SFmuni even though she’s holding a tissue.

This week’s Things on Muni is brought to you by fellow Muni riders @8346757, @R_Lowry, @RGB_SINCE1981, @stephlikespaint, and @ShelbyTerissa. Spin your favorite yarn today @munidiaries, and don’t forget to include the hashtag #OnlyonMuni. You could win two front-row, reserved seats at the Nov. 8 Muni Diaries Live!

Video: Sydney bus driver gets high ‘down under,’ crashes into house

Don’t you hate when your Muni driver steps a little too heavily on the brakes sending you careening into other passengers? Well just be thankful you weren’t on a bus with this guy behind the wheel.

According to news reports, Sydney bus driver Shaun Murphy smoked synthetic cannabis before the dramatic June 15 crash that sent his bus barreling through two fences and into a home. The video shows Murphy, 57, steering at one point with his elbow before passing out. No passengers were on the bus at the time.

Murphy, who was also found to have morphine and methyl amphetamine in his system, pleaded guilty to driving recklessly and under the influence.

h/t: Seven Network/CNN

That One Time Mayor Ed Lee Rode Muni

newsom pelosi lahood on muni
Photo via SF Citizen

Word is that Mayor Ed Lee actually rode Muni yesterday, and nobody got a photo. Don’t get excited: He wasn’t actually trying to get from point A to point B like the rest of us. It was more of a publicity stunt for the mayor’s transportation bond campaign. The San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board rode the Muni with the mayor, according to SFGate:

Mayor Ed Lee, who is trying to raise $1 million in campaign cash to push his $500 million transportation bond over the finish line in the Nov. 4 election, got a firsthand taste of Muni’s problems on Tuesday morning.

Lee, who lives in Glen Park, took the M-Ocean View train downtown before a meeting with The Chronicle’s editorial board, and no, he didn’t get a seat.

Well, at least this time the mayor won’t get a ticket by parking in the Muni zone! Unfortunately riders didn’t snap a photo of him (unless you did, in which case, send it our way!). We never saw former Mayor Gavin Newsom on the bus ourselves, but SF Citizen snapped a photo of him on Muni, sitting in the elderly/handicapped seating (insert joke here).