Bay Area creativity and our collective Hamilton craze were fiercely represented in a Post-It note artist’s work on BART.
As seen by @andylie1 on Twitter, someone brought brilliant cultural cachet to the fine station and city of Lafayette with some well-placed Post-It notes on this BART map. For those of you not (yet) in the Hamilton crew, Marquis de Lafayette is a character in the musical portrayed by Daveed Diggs. Here’s the video to said lyrics, and consider this your Broadway earworm of the day.
As if this is not cool enough: Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda full-on quoted the tweet for his million-plus following and gave it a big ole double tap regram on Insta. Dear Post-It artist, I think your whole life has been made.
Thank you to Muni Diaries reader Deirdre O. for spotting this gem!
Other inspired uses of Post-Its on transit:
– “Don’t sit there”: Five things to be thankful for on Muni
– Mystery rider’s sweet Post-It reminder for all
– Using Post-Its to make the commute more entertaining
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Last September we told you about the new bike straps that BART was piloting in select cars, intending to secure unruly bicycles during bumping rides. Or during that false stop + go slightly + stop-stop. Ugh, you know what I’m talking about.
SFGate reported that, as a part of a new test program in 60 BART cars, you’ll find more of the storied straps, either Velcro or a buckle. Rider @prinzrob spotted the velcro variety on BART the other day.
Multi-modal riders: how are the new straps working out for you, and any tips you want to share with fellow cyclists/BART riders?
No, BART didn’t break again (but the day and week are young!)
It appears a new real-time transit arrival time sign is being installed at the Civic Center Station recently. At last, you can find out when the train is arriving before you enter the fare gates. That’s right — before you rush into the turnstile and hear Electronic BART Lady or Electronic BART Guy proclaim it 15 minutes to the next SFO train. Thanks to Erich and Amy from Capp Street Crap for the tip.
The screens are a part of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)’s Hub Signage Program, announced in 2011. Here’s what the signage looks like for Muni, as seen at the Embarcadero Station.
Talking about creeps has landed BART in some hot water. In a tweet earlier this week, BART’s new PSA poster references a song by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke while advising riders on how to avoid creeps.
SFist called it “strangely tone-deaf” and that the ad implies “the responsibility lies with the victim to avoid disgusting or assaultive behavior, even though BART issued a longer statement denying that.”
Later, BART tweeted another PSA on how not to be a creep. But does saying “don’t be a creep” ever convince creeps to cease and desist? As a transit rider and occasional target, I think it’s sad we have to remind others to keep their hands to themselves.
May we suggest some additions like don’t light someone’s hair on fire and definitely don’t try to hump your fellow passengers, otherwise you might want to watch out for tasers?
On BART, a very thoughtful believer has left an important tip for you. This comes to us via @TheRealWBTC, who says, “Oh good, I’m gonna have a lot of questions for her when I call. A LOTTA questions.”
Speaking of which, if God had a hotline, what do you think God’s phone tree must look like?
Muni Diaries Live is back on April 15 at the Elbo Room! All the best stories live on stage, and we are bringing back the haiku battle! Tickets on sale.
By now, you might’ve seen cute, colorful honeybears painted all around San Francisco. Some are your run-of-the-mill bears; others have hats and costumes, including one wearing headphones and another holding a lightsaber.
Turns out the artist behind these works is known as fnnch, and I spotted the art above at Powell Street Station earlier today. Here’s a message that fnnch sent out yesterday about it:
In August of 2015 I spoke to the BART Board of Directors and said:
“BART is sitting on one of the greatest collections of canvases in the entire world. As someone who creates street art I’ve come to see spaces a little differently than others might. […] Concrete is canvas. And BART not only has an incredible amount of concrete, it has some that is seen by an incredible number of people. This is a really valuable resource.”