Wait, what? Rider Loren Kraut got this “Jan 1, 1970” time-stamped ticket from one of the new fare boxes just the other day, and we’re paging Marty McFly for an explanation.
Yes, OK, we know it’s the UNIX Epoch (hi, nerds!), but we prefer to think this is a subtle reminder of when you could ride Muni for $0.25 while wearing your polyester bellbottoms.
If you’re curious about what the proof of payment really looked like in 1970, though, we’ve got you covered. If you were really traveling in 1970, you’d get a transfer that looks like the left-most ticket here:
The transfer used in the early 1970s was the Form 2A. This transfer was used from 1950 to about 1972, and should be familiar to many longtime San Franciscans.
Check this post out for more Muni transfer history.
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They came for our Fast Passes, and we revolted by hoarding our local transit ephemera like Elaine Benes on her last box of sponges. In an attempt at modernizing the fare box experience, they are now coming for our Muni Transfers. SFist has the scoop on the uglier transfers set to replace our cheap-and-cheerful transit kaleidoscope.
I mean, I guess.
We wore Muni transfers. We used them as bookmarks. We turned the transfer into art. So excuse us for tipping our hats to another era gone by.