Supervisors are just like us (Muni Edition)!
Noticed more government types on your daily commute lately? For the last 19 days, some of our city supervisors (and maybe the mayor) have been riding Muni nearly every day as a part of San Francisco Transit Riders Union’s “22 Day Muni Challenge.” Supervisor Scott Weiner is in the lead so far, according to SFTRU’s leaderboard, which is tracking rides of participants who use the official hashtag #onboardsf. The challenge ends Monday, which means the other supes have a few days to really understand what it’s like to be a daily rider.
In 1993, San Francisco voters passed Proposition AA: “City officials and full-time employees [shall] travel to and from work on public transit at least twice a week.” But the proposition was never enforced or acted upon in any way. The 22-day challenge signifies the 22 years since the proposition passed, according to Ilyse Magy of the SFTRU.
Supervisor John Avalos kicked off the Muni challenge in April at the Board of Supervisor, with what some might call a “poem.” The other supervisors, some of them frequent riders and others who might as well be noobs, got the challenge off the ground on June 1 with a series of selfies. Since then, they’ve experienced your typical Muni grind of getting a pickup line, forgetting a Clipper card, and taking surreptitious shoe pics.
Here are some more ways the supervisors took Muni just like us:
They wear baseball caps on bad hair days:
12 Folsom from Brainwash in SOMA to @chinatowncdc Opening of Broadway Family Housing- 74 affordable units! #OnBoardSF pic.twitter.com/uEspCtDhZ7
— Jane Kim (@JaneKim) June 11, 2015
They get awkward pickup lines on Muni:
Got digits scrawled on the back of a transfer on my ride! Not really selfie material. #OnBoardSF #OkCupidomMUNI @SFTRU @sfmta_muni
— Jane Kim (@JaneKim) June 10, 2015
They take take pictures of their shoes:
Back to leather shoes on Mon. morning commute. Note clear floor space. Not so common during commute hours. #OnBoardSF pic.twitter.com/MNTrnJEkuK
— Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) June 15, 2015
They can’t read their Muni stop signage:
Waiting for the 67. #OnBoardSF pic.twitter.com/ticlwXAdsj
— David Campos (@DavidCamposSF) June 16, 2015
They forget their Clipper cards at home:
Morning meetings in the Excelsior and now on 49 to city hall. Forgot my clipper card. #OnBoardSF pic.twitter.com/WR1kTIjrdC
— John Avalos (@AvalosSF) June 17, 2015
They are still trying to find the most flattering Instagram filter:
#OnBoardSF #MultimodalMAR tiring of my bad selfies #SF while anticipating VanNessBRT THX @sfmta_muni @sfcta @SFTRU! pic.twitter.com/klRw6q4v05
— Eric Mar (@ericmar415) June 15, 2015
Hopping on the T to the ballpark to resume negots more affordable housing on Giants' Mission Rock deal. #OnBoardSF pic.twitter.com/JVZXkskHg1
— John Avalos (@AvalosSF) June 16, 2015
And they trust other riders with their phone, which is not like us at all!)
Beautiful Saturday morning on the 8x #OnBoardSF pic.twitter.com/MKlilyO5RE
— Julie Christensen (@SupeChristensen) June 13, 2015