A bold and valiant experiment, the Culture Bus is a $7 bus ride to a couple of SF museums.

After having its service pared back at the beginning of the year, Muni is finally putting this pet (project) down on Saturday, August 15, at 6 PM, according to 311 and the MTA site.

We hope you’ll join us to send it on its way by riding it one, first, time?

What: Join the Appeal and friends as we ride the Culture Bus’ last ride

When: Saturday, August 15th, at 3:45. We’ll ride the 4 PM CB on its merry route to New Montgomery, then back again. Your ticket is good for unlimited travel in any direction between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on the date of issue, so no need for a transfer!

Where: Meet up at the Golden Gate Park Academy of Science inbound stop at 3:45 on Saturday the 15th, or catch up with us anywhere on the route. (For example, Brock Keeling says he’ll meet us at New Montgomery.)

Cash fare for the Culture Bus is $7 (exact change only), or $3 with current FastPass. The Culture Bus also accepts TransLink. OR is it $10, $5 with a FastPass? Updated: Fare is $10, $5 with FastPass, and TransLink usability is not confirmed.

It goes without saying that we at the Appeal expect anyone coming on this ride to observe Muni rules at all times. Don’t be a tool on the bus!

the author

Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Jim

    Believe that the regular fare for the CB is up to $10 these days.

    Service was cut back 66% in Jan. and the price increased 42% from $7 on July 1.

    Still, CB is having some of their best days, Tut-related prob.

  • Eve Batey

    Jim, you believe incorrectly. The fare is $7, and did not go up on July 1. We confirmed this with MTA before we planned this event.

  • Jamison Wieser

    Oh 74X-Culture Bus, we hardly knew you. $10? Seriously?

    So, years from now when we look back at the 74X, like when someone sees and old map and asks about defunct like, I suggest we make up crazy stories, such as: when someone asks why anyone would pay $10 instead of taking the N-Judah we tell them, “It actually was a deal since you got unlimited well drinks.” or “There was a miscommunication when some NBC show rented them as props, the explosions were so big they were heard in Berkeley.” or “I saw Arcade Fire play there once and it was awesome!” or… you get the idea.

  • Akit

    CultureBus went to $10. See photo:


  • Steve Rhodes

    And $5 with a fucking fastpass!

    You’d think with the increase in the cost of a fastpass, they would have finally
    included rides on the Culture Bus (never understood free rides on the
    cable cars, but $3 and now $5 for the 74x) even if only so they could
    have a few riders each day.

    The first time I encountered it was after Hardly Strictly Bluegrass almost a year ago.
    There was a huge line of people waiting for a bus at Lincoln & 9th. It pulled
    up empty as usual. People began getting on until they were told what it cost.

    I never saw anyone try and get on it again. It should have been killed back then. Perhaps a bus some people actually ride like the 26 could have been saved.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ari/tags/culturebus/ (I know I took more photos of it,
    but I probably didn’t tag all of them)

    Even if you can’t bring yourself to pay for a ride, the Jug Band Fest is happening at
    the bandshell on Saturday (and it is free)