New Muni mural going up on 18th Street

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A new mural is in progress on 18th Street at Mission, and your beloved $2.25 daily chariot is featured front and center! In this photo by @milesgallery on Instagram (taken yesterday), George is busying painting a Muni bus as part of the mural next to City Smoke.

Lots of street art in the city features the bus, like this one on Balmy Alley and this one on 21st Street and Mission. If you pass by George’s work this week, don’t forget to take a photo and tag us on Instagram.

Riders coin new Muni vocabulary words

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Can you define these new vocabulary terms invented on Muni this week? Hot off of the Twitter universe, you’ve made the English language ever more colorful this week.

1. Brospreading: that laptop guy taking up two seats. As in:

2. Kanywannabe: guy giving you that Kanye gaze. As in:

3. Schadensomething: peculiar joy that you can only get on Muni. As in:

Oh, and bonus cutie pie dog bear photo by @jcxxxxxx.

Ghost of Muni’s 4-Sutter spotted


Just last week, we told you about a Muni bus that was sighted before the route itself officially went online. Today, friend of Muni Diaries Cara alerted us to this otherworldly sighting of a honest-to-goodness 4-Sutter bus. The 4-Sutter line was discontinued in 2009 along with several other Muni routes.

Here’s what Cara had to say: “Hey #sf @sfmta_muni geeks – look what was following my 3-Jackson up Sutter!”

It’s settled: I didn’t really believe in ghosts until this.

Stanley Kubrick loved taking subway pics just like we do

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Couple catching a nap, by Kubrick, circa 1946

Photo via Danny Howard

Before Stanley Kubrick achieved directorial fame, he loved taking photos of life on public transit, just like you do! In 1947, Kubrick was on assignment for LOOK magazine documenting the intimate life of passengers on the New York City Subway for two weeks. As it turns out, his photos are eerily reminiscent of pictures from Muni Diaries contributors over the years. Here are a few gems:

Reading the newspaper on the subway, by Kubrick, circa 1946:
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Reading the newspaper on Muni:
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Photo via rmckeon

Fashionable footwear on the subway, by Kubrick, circa 1946:
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Fashionable footwear on Muni:
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Photo by Jessie Johnson

The rest of Kubrick’s subway photos are at Bored Panda, including some adorable 1940s young subway riders. Celebs and public transit riders: They’re just like us!

Transit News: Pit bull stolen on Muni, Outer Sunset transit, BART protester charges, Sunset Tunnel noise complaint


  • Pit Bull Stolen After Teen Punched Aboard San Francisco Muni Bus In SoMa (CBS Bay Area)
  • BART board to urge $70,000 charge against Black Friday protesters dropped (SF Examiner)
  • Opinion: Muni’s latest giveaway is questionable policy, executed poorly (SF Examiner)
  • Supe seeks boost for Outer Sunset transit (SF Bay)
  • Noise complaint halts work on Sunset Tunnel (SFGate)
  • SF-Oakland #2 in transit trips per capita (Flowingdata)

Photo by Brennan Browne

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