What’s the back story to this BART station graffiti wall?

How many San Francisco graffiti artists can you spot in this photo. Reader and keen urban observer Cole Brennan (Belle_Cunningham on Instagram) spotted this wall of graffiti signatures, on which the cleaning crew and artists seemed to have reached an accord:

Most graffiti gets cleaned off of the Muni system pretty regularly. Not so with the back of this map, which puts a neatly partitioned blank wall on the landing of the long stairs up from Bart. The graffiti artists and the cleaning crew seem to have some sort of detente worked out for this wall. I spend way too long trying to read it all, searching for new tags and regulars. That Rveng is classic, and you can’t throw a rock in this town without hitting something Zamar has tagged, but this is the first I’ve seen of Croak. Visiting artist? New tagger? Oldtimer just switching it up?

I’m no graffiti artist, and I won’t pretend to love all of it. Certainly, some tags demonstrate nothing but dull, amateur hubris. The good tags have a confidence that I admire, though.

Here’s an interview with Zamar, who created the mischievous squid seen all around town.

How to transform Clipper into a wearable

As far as looks go, Clipper is no match for the colorful Fast Passes of yesteryear, but if you have enough patience and geek skills, you can still remedy the situation. A clever life hacker on Hackernoon extracted the brains of the Clipper card and embedded into a bracelet. Blogger Stephen Cognetta got tired of carrying his Clipper card, so he extracted the brains of the Clipper card (the NFC chip) and embedded it into a couple of different styles of bracelets and wearables.

Here’s how:

First, he dissolved his Clipper card in a jar of acetone to extract just the NFC chip.

Then, he checked if the NFC chip is still functional: smart idea, there.

After that, you can embed the chip (and antennae) in almost any thing. The wearable world is your oyster!

Here’s the full post with step-by-step instructions. I’m thinking a Clipper card ring, a la mob boss style, is in order.

Thanks to Amy at Capp Street Crap for the tip.

Dad Life on Muni

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Sometimes you see a tender moment on Muni and it just really makes your day, like this sweet dad braiding his little girl’s hair. Thanks to @kirinqueen on Instagram for sharing this! And in case you missed it, for Father’s day, we have a new podcast episode featuring comedian Dhaya Lakshminarayanan on her dad’s take on Muni weirdos.

Feature image by @josephbergen on Flickr

Muni transfers to undergo serious make-under

Pic by Flickr user Christina B. Castro

They came for our Fast Passes, and we revolted by hoarding our local transit ephemera like Elaine Benes on her last box of sponges. In an attempt at modernizing the fare box experience, they are now coming for our Muni Transfers. SFist has the scoop on the uglier transfers set to replace our cheap-and-cheerful transit kaleidoscope.

I mean, I guess.

We wore Muni transfers. We used them as bookmarks. We turned the transfer into art. So excuse us for tipping our hats to another era gone by.

 

Another Muni Fare Increase Coming on July 1

Your daily $2.25 chariot is about to become your daily $2.50 ride, and more if you don’t use a Clipper card. The upcoming fare increase is a part of the Automatic Fare Indexing Policy that started in 2009, which means that prices are determined by a formula based on monetary inflation and operations costs. The nitty gritty formula is in the fare indexing policy page here.

This year’s fare hike details from the SFMTA:

Single-Trip Fares Current July 1, 2017
Regular Adult: Cash and Limited-Use Tickets (from Metro station machines) $2.50 $2.75
Regular Adult: Clipper Card and MuniMobile App $2.25 $2.50
Discount* Adult: Cash and Limited-Use Tickets $1.25 $1.35
Discount* Adult: Clipper Card or MuniMobile App $1.00 $1.25
Monthly Passes Current July 1, 2017
Adult “A” Monthly Pass (Muni + BART within San Francisco) $91.00 $94.00
Adult “M” Monthly Pass (Muni only) $73.00 $75.00
Adult Lifeline Monthly Pass (Low income) $36.00 $38.00
Discount* Monthly Pass (Muni only) $36.00 $38.00

*Discounted rates are available for youth (5-18), seniors (65+), people with disabilities and Medicare recipients.

If this seems more frequent than usual, you’re correct: the last fare increase in January was not a part of Automatic Fare Indexing but a change to the fare policy. Get more of those quarters (or your Clipper card) ready, folks. And remember the right currency: Muni no longer takes magic beans!

Lyft-Muni hybrid in our midst

So you only want to spend $2.50 but also want the alluring cachet of escaping the hoi polloi (gasp)?

Dreams do come true (with a healthy sense of humor and a dash of imagination) on this 7-Haight, the driver of which updated its LED sign in the lower-left corner to say Lyft.

Thanks, @edmeng, for spotting this gem and posting it on Instagram.

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