What Supervisor Scott Wiener learned about Muni
San Francisco Transit Riders Union’s 22-Day Muni Challenge ended earlier this week. We fed you the results yesterday (here). Castro supe Scott Wiener’s whopping 106 rides took the top prize.
But Wiener wasn’t content to summarize his experience only with shoe selfies. He wrote a long, heartfelt, and a little politiciany (appropriately) piece for Medium.com. I checked it out, and here’s the bit that really struck home for me, and, I hope, for you, too:
“I’ve experienced pretty much everything you can experience on Muni other than being assaulted. On many occasions, Muni has gotten me where I’m going on time and in one piece. On other occasions, it’s made me late to work, dinner, and doctors appointments. I’ve been late to dates because of Muni and have met dates on Muni. Muni has even made me late to meetings with senior Muni management and to regional transit meetings where I advocate for Muni funding. I took Muni to both of my swearings-in to the Board of Supervisors (both trips got me there on time). I’ve been caught in more Muni subway meltdowns than I can count, including the nightmarish system implosion in the summer of 1998 when the subway was first switched from manual control to computer control. I’ve smelled many odors on Muni and have seen substances on seats that I wasn’t quite able to identify.”
Wiener went on to list the things he learned about Muni, despite being an 18-year veteran of the system. His observations include:
- Muni has improved.
- There are major disparities among different parts of the City.
- Muni’s bus system is pretty amazing.
- People like seeing their elected officials on transit.
- Transit matters.
Read the full post on Medium.com: “What I Learned During the 22-Day Muni Challenge”
Photo by (duh) Scott Wiener