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News, Sucka Free City Transit on Trial: Our Muni Cover Story Spurs a Public Hearing

Transit on Trial: Our Muni Cover Story Spurs a Public Hearing

Earlier this month, an SF Weekly cover story revealed an intriguing handshake arrangement between Muni and bus manufacturer New Flyer. The company built and transported a platoon of $700,000 hybrids to clandestine East Bay warehouses, all without the benefit of…
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News, Your Humble Narrator On a Pedestal: Muni's Obsession with Dodgy, Expensive Hybrid Technology Ignores San Francisco's Deepest Transit Need: Transit

On a Pedestal: Muni's Obsession with Dodgy, Expensive Hybrid Technology Ignores San Francisco's Deepest Transit Need: Transit

When your humble narrator was small, Byron, the adult child of the woman next door, drove the most beautiful car in the world: An ivy green, mid-1960s Ford Mustang, with metal flake paint glittering in the sunlight like a T-shirt…
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News, Feature Shock and Awe: The Little Hybrid Engine That Couldn't

Shock and Awe: The Little Hybrid Engine That Couldn't

Blake Ritterman emerged from a deep sleep and peered out the window of the 1993 Ford Econoline van as it chugged down the road. The drummer for the San Francisco band Posole was greeted with a typical San Francisco scene:…
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News, Sucka Free City Some Abooooard!: Muni's Runaway Train Proves It Has a Problem Keeping Asses in Seats

Some Abooooard!: Muni's Runaway Train Proves It Has a Problem Keeping Asses in Seats

San Franciscans can be a fairly entitled bunch. But we are, at the very least, entitled to ride on a vehicle that also carries a driver. So, the Muni light-rail passengers who earlier this month noticed their driver standing on…
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Bag the Bus: Muni's 15-Month Trash-Bag Fix Gets Repaired

On June 13, SF Weekly published a cover story about the dire state of Muni maintenance. It opened with pictures and descriptions of Coach No. 5427, the "Glad Bag Bus," which featured an 8-foot swath of its rooftop wires wrapped…
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News, Feature Muni: Our Transit Agency Has Neglected Maintenance for Years

Muni: Our Transit Agency Has Neglected Maintenance for Years

Illustration by Andrew J. Nilsen. In early 2011, Dorian Maxwell decided he'd rather not set foot on a Muni bus. That's a decision thousands of fellow San Franciscans make every day — but in Maxwell's case, it loomed larger.…
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News, The Snitch Muni to Fire Driver Who Was Busted Texting Behind the Wheel

Muni to Fire Driver Who Was Busted Texting Behind the Wheel

Texting while behind the wheel happens all the time. But firing a Muni operator -- that's a rarity.Muni did the seemingly impossible on Thursday and moved to fire the bus operator who was busted on video sending and receiving text…
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