One Tech Worker’s Open Letter to a Muni Driver

Photo by Jyri

“Tech shuttle” is such a loaded term in San Francisco these days. There are strong feelings all around, and at times, things have gotten out of control.

But one tech shuttle rider sent us a thank-you letter after a surprising encounter with a Muni driver.

I’m one of those evil people driving up rents by living in SF and working at a tech company in the South Bay. I take the company coach to work every morning.

One morning, as I was walking down the street to the coach stop, I saw it blow past me. I started running after it but, alas, it pulled away just as I crossed the street to the stop. About 30 seconds later a 24-Divisadero bus pulls up. The driver looks at me and says,

“Excuse me, were you trying to catch that bus ahead of me?”

“Yes, I was.”

“Hop on, I’ll catch up to it. That bus always thinks it can overtake me.”

Sure enough at the next stop we caught up to the coach and I got on. The Muni driver then got out of her bus and gave some good natured ribbing to the coach driver for missing a passenger and trying to beat her down her own route. They both had a good laugh then went on her way.

Thanks again to the wonderful Muni driver for the assist on my morning commute!

Say what you will about the tech shuttles in the city, I think random kindness always rocks.


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