munipiece2.jpgAll You Need To Know About Muni This Week In Under 420 Characters
Via a particularly apt Facebook status update noted by SFist: “Yesterday’s commute involved a “suspicious package”. Today’s involved a fainting woman. Bus driver drove bus to nearest fire station and parked so that she could get medical assistance.” Can’t blame Muni for that one.

Market Street Railway Presents “Museum in Motion”
When you really think about it, the F-Market covers a really diverse swath of San Francisco in a relatively short distance. In the span of about four and a half miles, the historic light rail line breezes by Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Downtown, SoMa, the Tenderloin, the Mission, Hayes Valley, the Lower Haight, the Duboce Triangle and the Castro (although realtors just call all of it Hayes Valley and hike the price of an apartment by $200 a month). This makes the F-Market a perfect vehicle to learn all about San Francisco’s unique history though the lens of the city’s second most iconic form of public transportation.

On May 22nd, Market Street Railway and City Guides are putting on a “Museum in Motion” tour starting at the Market Street Railway Museum (77 Steuart) and going all up and down the line. Tickets are $30. Be sure to snatch them up quickly because they’re guaranteed to sell out.

Another Place to Get Your Bike Stolen
I’ll admit it, I’ve never taken my bike on the bus. On one particularly rainy night, I rode halfway across the city, from the Richmond to Hayes Valley, because I was afraid someone would steal my not-especially-all-that-nice bike off the bus’s front rack. I always kind of assumed this fear to be mostly irrational but, as it turns out, I’m not crazy–as noted yesterday, bikes apparently get stolen off the front of Muni buses!

SF Weekly asked SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose about this type of theft and he said that Muni hasn’t seen an uptick of it in recent years–although it does happen occasionally. When pressed on how criminals could get around the bus-mounted bike racks modest safety features, Rose demurred. “It’s not something we want to get out there — how people are taking these bikes,” Rose told a reporter from the alt weekly. Smart.

Fewer Wanna-Be Banksys Using Muni As Their Canvas
Graffiti incidents in Muni are down over 50% from this time last year. While vandalism still costs the agency over $12 million every year, Muni is making efforts to combat the defiling of their vehicles. The agency is pushing for more cameras to catch people vandalizing the outside of the buses and trains. They’ve also implemented a graffiti text message line that riders can call if they see someone doing any damage.

If you see any hooligans doing destructive hooligan-type things, send a text to (415) 710-4455 with the relevant information and Muni will be sure to send down an expert team specially trained to shake their canes at destructive youngsters and holler, “Get off of my bus.”

Simple Answers to Simple Questions
Question: Why is SFMTA rising the price of its fines and fees?

Answer: There are approximately two billion reasons.

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