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News, Sucka Free City The Sickness Is Spreading: Muni Drivers' Recent "Non-Strike" Reveals More Flaws in the System

The Sickness Is Spreading: Muni Drivers' Recent "Non-Strike" Reveals More Flaws in the System

When 700 drivers simultaneously came down with the Monday Muni Malaise on June 2, the opening salvo of a three-day "sickout," they didn't make many friends. Drivers, however, already knew they weren't popular: 65 percent of voters in 2010 approved…
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News, Sucka Free City No Free Rides: Finally, Inevitably: Muni Is Suing Muni

No Free Rides: Finally, Inevitably: Muni Is Suing Muni

You can add Muni management to the burgeoning list of people blindsided by Muni drivers. Earlier this month, a U.S. District Court judge certified some 2,500 drivers — every man and woman who has slipped behind the wheel of a…
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I Think I Con, I Think I Con: Muni Spends Millions to Connect to a Nonexistent Rail Line

Along with the Hogwarts Express and Polar Express, California's proposed High-Speed Rail line is quickly becoming one of the world's most illustrious imaginary train lines. A pair of rulings last week from a Sacramento judge potentially broke the back of…
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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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Off the Road Again: Five Muni Buses Conk out en Route from the Factory in Just One Week

Blake Ritterman, the drummer for the San Francisco band Posole, was napping in his group's 1993 Ford Econoline when he awoke on Oct. 17 to see a Muni bus running alongside. What was unusual was that they were driving in…
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News, Sleepless Train: Muni Idles its Rail Vehicles All the Livelong Night

Sleepless Train: Muni Idles its Rail Vehicles All the Livelong Night

A Muni operator's job entails driving the vehicle from Point A to Point B — but it's still a decent thing to thank him or her when you disembark. The Muni system's job entails not needlessly idling its buses for…
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Countless Masses: The Number of Commuting Bikers Remains a Mystery

How bad did things get during last week's Great BART Strike of 2013? So bad, the Los Angeles Times reported, that a put-upon commuter named Wayne Phillips was forced to pilot his yacht to work. This may explain why you…
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Idle Threats: Muni Confirms That It's Been Starting Its Day With Wastefulness

A second bus story: Last week, SF Weekly revealed that Muni is idling diesel buses for hours, in gross violation of state emissions laws. Muni personnel expressed disappointment we didn't present their side of the story. So, here it is:…
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News, Grout Expectations: The Central Subway Plan Tries to Compensate for its Shortcomings, but May Just Frack it Up

Grout Expectations: The Central Subway Plan Tries to Compensate for its Shortcomings, but May Just Frack it Up

In the days before cell phones, bored undergraduates in the restrooms of institutions of higher learning passed time by scrawling puns in the grouting between wall tiles: "The Grout Gatsby;" "It's the Grout Pumpkin, Charlie Brown;" "Grout Expectations;" and, of…
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News, Switched Off: Muni's Switchback Solution Conceals Other Problems

Switched Off: Muni's Switchback Solution Conceals Other Problems

Earlier this month, newly minted Supervisor Katy Tang was feted for targeting Muni switchbacks as one of her first moves. This was wise: There's little that infuriates Muni-riding voters more than switchbacks, the practice of dumping passengers, mid-route, and sending…
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News, Central Subway: Muni's Drilling Plan Strains Credulity

Central Subway: Muni's Drilling Plan Strains Credulity

When news broke that the city is holding the bag for the tens of millions of dollars the America's Cup Organizing Committee hasn't raised, Supervisor John Avalos gave an impassioned lamentation. "I was fucking played. All the members of the…
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News, Waste Management: Why Muni Won't Ban Serial Bus-Soilers

Waste Management: Why Muni Won't Ban Serial Bus-Soilers

Forty years after outfitting its trains with cushioned seats and carpeting, BART has announced it will finally begin taking steps against those who habitually befoul them. The transit agency will this month start rolling out a new policy in which…
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News, The Snitch Muni Streetcar Runs Over Woman in Wheelchair

Muni Streetcar Runs Over Woman in Wheelchair

An unidentified woman using a wheelchair is in critical condition this morning after she was hit by the F-Market streetcar last night, according to police. Muni Spokesman Paul Rose tells us that the incident happened about 5:45 p.m. at Market…
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News, The Snitch Muni Bus to Remain in Wadsworth, Nev.

Muni Bus to Remain in Wadsworth, Nev.

In today's print edition of SF Weekly, we featured a story about a diesel articulated 14-Mission Muni bus incongruously resting on the side of the road in Wadsworth, Nev., a 250-mile jaunt from here.It turns out that, per veteran Muni…
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News, Sucka Free City Taking the Bus: Muni Vehicles End Up in the Darndest Places

Taking the Bus: Muni Vehicles End Up in the Darndest Places

Traveling at an average of 8 miles per hour, Muni is the slowest public transit service in North America. But just because Muni vehicles move at a snail's pace doesn't mean they're restricted to a snail's range. A Muni bus…
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News, The Snitch World Series: Muni Bus Torched by Revelers Is "Totaled"

World Series: Muni Bus Torched by Revelers Is "Totaled"

Sadly, the only thing hotter than the San Francisco Giants of late is a Muni 8X bus lit ablaze by rioting revelers late Monday morning. While SF Weekly was yesterday told the fire was started by a passenger, today Muni…
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News, The Snitch World Series: Excited Revelers Set Bus on Fire

World Series: Excited Revelers Set Bus on Fire

(Update October 30): Muni spokesman Paul Rose called back and said it was not a Muni rider who started the fire. (Original story Oct. 29): Here's a Muni rider someone who truly feels white-hot hatred toward the city's transit system.Amid…
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News, The Snitch S.F. Unbeautifies Parking in the Richmond

S.F. Unbeautifies Parking in the Richmond

As if parking in the city wasn't depressing enough, the San Francisco MTA has made it even more cheerless. Transportation officials have reportedly uprooted the only pleasant thing about parking in the Richmond when they removed the vibrant bushes that…
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News, The Snitch Muni Runs Pro-Israel Ad on Buses, Calling Palestinians "Savages"

Muni Runs Pro-Israel Ad on Buses, Calling Palestinians "Savages"

Update (2:39 p.m.): Muni spokesman Paul Rose called us to say that the agency's policy states that it doesn't allow political ads that specifically deal with political candidates or ballot measures in upcoming elections. Original Story (9 a.m.):We're not sure…
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News, The Snitch Central Subway: North Beach Group Files Suit

Central Subway: North Beach Group Files Suit

The final day of July was a busy one for Muni's legal representatives. Not only did the Municipal Transportation Agency receive a demand letter from a lawyer hired by the North Beach Business Association, it was sued by another North…
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