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The Muni “Golden” Seat

Serene Lusano

Artist Serene Lusano doodles on the bus and has identified the “golden seat” for people like her. This ideal seat is the “least visible to looky-loos” and has “less [sic] chances of ‘elbow disruption’ from fellow public transit riders.”

When I saw where Serene’s “golden seat” is, I realized that that actually is the seat I most prefer. What do you think is the best seat on the bus? (aside from “the one that’s not next to someone with body odor problems?”)

Impromptu Haiku as Muni Fare?


We know Muni inspires some pretty damn good haikus, but we didn’t expect these haikus to be used as bargaining chips on the bus! Muni rider Lisa M. tried to trade her haiku for a ride on the 28, and the Muni operator said no (and rightly so). But another rider, “Larry the football fan,” was charmed enough by Lisa’s impromptu ingenuity that he paid her fare for her. And here’s a photo of her ride-winning haiku, worth at least $2.25.

BART in western San Francisco? The dream inches closer to reality

Photo by BART via Streetsblog SF

What’s on your BART wish list? Late-night trains? Half-check. A second Transbay Tube? Extension to the western neighborhoods of San Francisco? Embryonic checks. Flying BART cars? Wake up! You’re dreaming.

Streetsblog SF reports that BART plans to study the effects of adding a second Transbay Tube and service to the other half of the city.

Ellen Smith, BART’s acting manager for strategic and policy planning, recently told a SF County Transportation Authority Board committee (comprised of SF supervisors) that regional transportation agencies plan to fund a study of a subway connecting the South of Market area to Alameda, with a possible extension west underneath the Market Street subway, towards the Richmond and Sunset Districts.

OMG! But don’t get yer hopes up for this new-look BART system to happen anytime soon. “‘We could be talking decades,’ Smith said. Building a new underwater tube is ‘clearly a massive investment and undertaking, technically, operationally, financially, and politically.'”

Read the whole post on Streetsblog SF. Then contemplate the effect this extension would have on the Mario BART map.

Previously: Visualizing BART to Marin (and Napa and Sonoma)

A case against umbrellas, on Muni and other places

Artist Dan Bransfield created this adorable animated short about why umbrellas are terrible: they poke you in the eye, drip water on your shoes, and always seem to get left behind. Muni even makes a cameo in the animated short film about why umbrellas are especially terrible on the bus. Dan also shows off his own rain-proof solution.

By the way, Dan makes another amusing print about San Francisco’s ever-so-fickle weather. Will somebody get me this print and a waterproof hoodie, please?

Transit News: Geary transit signals, Van Ness BRT, BART to San Jose, subway funding

Photo by Daniel Hoherd

  • New devices on Geary stoplights: No, you’re not being watched (Richmond Blog)
  • Concerns raised over BRT lanes on Van Ness Avenue (ABC 7)
  • BART line to San Jose lurching into view, in fits and starts (SFGate)
  • Controller says Central Subway on track — both budget and completion (SFGate)
  • Caltrans approves $82M Central Subway Light Rail Project (SF Appeal)