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Muni rider Marielamari told us about an incident of harassment that shouldn’t ever happen to anyone, on the bus or anywhere.
On February 19 at around 5:30 p.m., I got on the 38-L #6407 as I usually do to head home toward the Richmond. An older man in his 50s with a pot belly, holding a bag in his right hand, stood next to me. The bus was crowded and I understand people bumping into each other. However, every time he “bumped” into me, he extended his finger to hook my skirt. I didn’t think much of it the first time but after the third time, I made eye contact with him and he did it again more purposefully.
I asked him to step away but he didn’t. It wasn’t until a substantial amount of people left the bus that it became obvious that he was too close, so he stepped away. He got off at Divisadero and Geary. He was wearing an orange shirt and dark windbreaker.
I’m not sure what telling my story here will do but I just find it enraging that people like him take advantage and play dumb. I just want other women to be aware that this sort of thing happens. Please report, photograph, and let someone know.
In 2012, we told you about the Bay Citizen report that found that sex crimes on public transit are under-reported. It’s a story that we hear all too often here at Muni Diaries. Have you reported a similar incident to the police?
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Muni rider Sarabeth has a story for us all.
“Yesterday, I was riding the 24 outbound. There was a guy acting a bit strangely and kind of hum-singing. I didn’t think anything of it. There are always strange people on Muni. (ed. note: sing it, sister!)
“Later, he pulled out 5 or 6 wedges of cheese from the store, still wrapped. He then pulled out a small bottle of what I determined to be holy water and put some on one of the wedges. He then crossed and blessed them, mumbling something about the son and the father and God bless the cheese. He continued to do this to the other wedges and put them and then put them and the water back into his bag.”
Funny: I thought cheese comes pre-blessed. In any case, you go, cheese-blessing dude.
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Update (8:23 a.m., Friday): Per SFBay report Jerold (below, in comments): The surplus is $22.2 million this year and $15 million the following year. There is also a recommendation to increase Muni service by five percent this year and five percent next year.
Original post: We linked to an SFGate story in our transit news roundup the other day. The story talks about several different proposals being shopped out concerning SFMTA’s budget for the next couple of years, and something gave us pause: a cash fare hike from $2 to $2.25, and a 300-percent increase in the single-ride cost for F-Market streetcars.
But that’s not all! Missing in SFGate’s report is the fact that SFMTA is actually running a surplus, its first in recent years. ABC 7 has the details:
“The Metropolitan Transportation Agency that runs Muni is facing a surplus and there are many different ways the public could benefit. At the hearing [on Tuesday], the agency was asking the public where some of that extra money should go.”
ABC 7 does not mention the amount of the surplus. Proposals for how to spend the money, however much it is, include:
- Expanding free Muni for youth from 16 to 18
- Expanding free Muni for seinors
- Expanding free Muni for low-income residents
Muni rider Susan noticed these bunches of bright-green celery on the floor of the Muni Metro she was on. She then posted it to Twitter, concerned for their well-being: “Why was there celery on the Muni floor and why didn’t anyone else notice?” Good question!
I can only hope that this celery met their fated jar of peanut butter somewhere, after a good scrubbing-down, of course.
Ah, I remember July 69, 2012 like it was yesterday …
Thrillist SF’s Joe Starkey has gone and done us a solid here. He created a mashup of the Muni Metro map with prominent coffee shops located at or near the stations and stops.
“Chances are, if you’re riding Muni in the morning, you desperately need coffee. So, we’ve gone out of our way to make your life easier, by using SF Muni’s map and our caffeine rolodex to plot out the best, closest coffee shop to every stop on Muni (that matters), replacing each stop name with the name of said caffeine-slinger. The only rule: all of the coffee shops had to be under a 10min walk away from their respective stop.”
Read more at Thrillist.