This 47-Van Ness:
a) is taking its Catbus aspirations way too far.
b) finally found a way to react to being San Francisco’s punching bag day in and day out.
Punk rock catÂ was more punk rock than all y’all, and nothing was cooler than Sunglass cat’s medically necessary duds,Â but we never quite expected one of our transit chariots to actually become a cat.
Thanks for the tip, @jchrthomas.
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File this under “It’ll Get Worse Before It Gets Better.” Construction on the Van Ness BRT (bus rapid transit) is about to start this month, changingÂ the center two lanes on Van Ness to bus-only. One block to the east, Polk Street will also undergo construction to improve sidewalks, bike lanes, and other features. The construction is set to take place mostly during week days, so you can expect traffic congestion on both streets. And in case you make the mistake of driving on Van Ness (or just … driving), there will be no left turns.
The Van Ness ImprovementÂ project‘s dedicated transit lanes will be for use by Muni and Golden Gate Transit, physically separated from “mixed traffic lanes.” There will also be new boarding islands, new traffic signals prioritizing transit, and pedestrian safety additions such as shortening crossing distances, zebra-striped sidewalks, and audible crossing signals.Â The SFMTA says that the Van Ness BRT “isÂ expected to cut travel times for the 49 and 47 Muni routes by 32Â percent.” Construction is expected to wrapÂ by 2019.
Image by KTVU via SF Weekly
Update (6:21 p.m., Friday): Dude didn’t limit himself to the 1-California. He appears to be on a mission, expanding to the 47-Van Ness and 38-Geary, at least. He appears to be on a mission, however ballsy (literally!):
Muni rider Rebecca: “Never a dull moment #living in #SF. My morning #treat on #SFMUNI #BusLine47 Van Ness. All he had was a #sock on his #penis and #shoes!”
And Muni driver Josh says, “This dude rode on my 38 Geary bus yesterday…”
Original: RidersÂ on the 1-California bus yesterday afternoon got to know one of their fellow passengers far better than they wantedÂ to when the man stripped nakedÂ and put a sock over his penis.
According to SF Weekly’s The Snitch, the Muni driver stopped the bus and demanded that the man put his clothes back. The man refused, and police wereÂ called. Passengers boarded another bus after a delay of about an hour. TheÂ 19-year-old man eventually put his clothes back on and was not arrested.
KTVU hasÂ NSFW footageÂ of the incidentÂ showingÂ the scantily clad fellowÂ waving, posing for onlookers andÂ explaining why nothing he did was illegal. It’s true what they say: The best-looking Muni riders, ponytail and penis socks included, can be found on the 1-California.
Photo by Lynn Friedman
Muni rider Samantha submitted this story. I, for one, am speechless.
Muni is home of the weird, that is for sure. As soon as you think you’ve seen it all in San Francisco, you can hop on Muni and see something even weirder.
I hopped on Muni the other day and a homeless man rolled onto the 47 bus (yes, rolled) with a pillowcase of his own urine. Yep, this man carried a pillow case of piss that was dripping out as he sloshed it to and fro. Riders like myself were dodging piss trying to comprehend why any of this was happening. He was too drunk to sit or stand so he rolled around on the floor until it was his stop and he then tumbled down the stairs.
I mean I just can’t. Good morning?
Photo via Jeremy
There are lots of things you shouldn’t do on Muni, but here are this week’s four offenders:
1. Talk to Siri.
Woman trying to speak into her phone: “San Francisco, California. No. San Fraaaanciscoooo. Cah-lee-for-neeea.” And then, “Aladdin Bail Bonds. No. NO! Ah-lah-ddin. Baaay-oh. Bonds.”
2. Transport fragile stuff.
@tarintowers: Optimism: Buying a brand-new full-length mirror & transporting it on the 43. #sfmuni
3. Makeout on the phone.
@sdqali: SFMTA needs to enforce a rule on how long an over-the-phone kiss can last while riding the Muni.
4. Makeout in person.
@lumenatrix: It’s too damn early to be forced to watch people making out on the bus
Muni’s rollout of new buses has infected the 47-Van Ness, you guys. Ready your emergency kits. New buses (and their new-bus smell) are coming for you and your loved ones!