Muni Theft Thwarted, Name-Calling Ensues

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100 Muni StoriesA thief scorned and a bitch praised:

@xxriabellaxx: A woman prevented a theft on 38L this morn. Thief called her a bitch b4 exiting. Bitch > thief. #100MuniStories

We in the Bay Area call that moted (alternately, moded).

There is still plenty of theft on Muni buses, but we’re proud to say that Muni riders have a way of helping one another out. In January, for example, Rachel thwarted an iPhone theft on this very same line.

You, too, could be featured in our 100 Days, 100 Muni Stories drive. Celebrate 100 years of Muni by telling us your story today. Email works or tweet to @munidiaries, hashtag #100MuniStories.

Muni Hotties: Does Time of Day Matter?

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100 Muni StoriesIf you’re @MyDearAuntSally, it does.

“True facts, muni am riders are significantly hotter then (sic) pm #whendothehotonesleavework?!”

What do you think? Are there more hotties in the morning, afternoon, evening, or “late-night special”?

@MyDearAuntSally tagged her tweet #100MuniStories, entering it in our 100 Days, 100 Muni Stories contest. The best Muni quips will end up in bus ads later this year. Celebrate Muni’s centennial by sending us your best Muni stories, or tagging your tweets #100MuniStories.

Stuck on Muni in the Sunset Tunnel

100 Muni StoriesAbout 30 feet into the the Sunset Tunnel the in-bound N-Judah stopped. People sat quietly, unsurprised. Then someone in the front of the car exclaimed that the train had come apart and we were left behind. It took a few moments for people to process this before starting to exchange glances, mostly of amused disbelief.

Sure enough, the second car had stopped and for some reason been unattached from the first car, which continued out of the tunnel. I was worried about the chance of another train coming up behind us but it is a short tunnel and you can see light at both ends from the middle and I thought, surely the operator in the first car and muni control noticed the problem, as you can see in the photo I took that shows that a second train had started to enter the tunnel behind us and stopped.

A woman in the front car had dialed 911. She asked if anyone had any medical issues or if anyone was having a panic attack – no. Someone would be on their way to help. After five minutes or so, a Muni employee showed up and hopped on. He tried to start the car but explained it was not getting power. This is why it stopped and uncoupled from the
first car.

Everyone filed off the car and walked back to the tunnel opening to be greeted by fire trucks, police, and curious neighbors. A bus was being brought in to pick up passengers. I had plans to meet someone in the Castro. A quick check of the map and I was on my way up Clayton and down 17th. And that was it.

This was Katie’s day on Muni and her entry for the 100 Days, 100 Muni Stories contest. We all know too well how one little thing can derail your carefully scheduled day. Check out other stories competing for 100 Days, 100 Muni Stories, and send us your own Muni story today. Use the Muni Diaries submission form or tweet @munidiaries and include the hashtag #100MuniStories.

True Love Found on Muni

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100 Muni StoriesAll kinds of things are found on Muni, including amoré:

@SheenaWakely: I noticed a guy on 31BX. 6 mo. later we met at the stop and have been together ever since. True love on Muni. Imagine that!

We sure can, and do. And, along with @SheenaWakely, we can prove it happens. Jen and Kevin met on the 1-California and had a Muni-themed wedding. A lost wallet sparked romance on the 33-Stanyan, another one of our 100 Days commemorative stories. We’re not only counting romantical love, either; hell yes to the please love back signs, imploring us all to spread you know what (NOT THAT).

Read the rest of our 100 Days, 100 Muni Stories entries, and send us your own Muni story today. Use the Muni Diaries submission form or tweet @munidiaries with hashtag #100MuniStories.

The King of Pop Is Alive and Well on the 71L

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100 Muni StoriesSome people sing on Muni. Some Muni drivers sing on Muni. Many are annoyed by this. Not Josiah.

@josiahq: Dude singing MJ on the 71L. Monday #winning thus far.

Don’t stop ’til you get enough, Josiah.

Submit your 100 Days, 100 Muni Stories to commemorate Muni’s centennial this year. The four best will be included in ads on every single Muni bus later this year.

Transfers Tell Stories of Muni History

100 Muni StoriesReader Ronald Reiss has been collecting Muni transfers for many years. These transfers tell a story of Muni’s history, from Muni’s first lines (A or B Geary) to a briefly enforced, novel way to thwart fare evaders in the 1980s. Some of the transfers really tell a story of how families used Muni on weekends. He took some photos of some of the more interesting transfers to share with Muni Diaries readers.

If you have more transfers from any era that you’d like to share with Ronald for his amazing collection, please be sure to get in touch.

Take a ride through Muni history, from Ronald …

Above, 1910s to 1930s, from left to right:

1. One of the earliest Muni transfers, dating from the early ‘teens. Note that no line is listed; it likely comes from the A or B Geary, Muni’s first lines.

2. Union Street Line, c. 1916: The “E” Union line eventually became the 41-Union trolley coach line. It was known by its unique single-truck center door “dinky” cars.

3. Van Ness Avenue Line, mid-to late 1920s.

4. Stockton Street Line, 1930s. This was the original “F” line, the F-Stockton. It became the 30-Stockton line in the late 1940s when streetcars were phased out in favor of electric trolley coaches.

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