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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BART "Brightening Crews" Clean the Most Disgusting Corners of BART

Posted By on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Hair, gum, and other non collectibles - BART
  • BART
  • Hair, gum, and other non collectibles
After reading this blog post, you should have a whole new appreciation for your medium-paying, boring cubicle job. 

Earlier this summer, BART signed off on a nice chunk of cash to hire an extra cleaning crew, dedicated to removing puke, gum, food, and other truly disgusting scenes from the stairs and entrances at various BART stations. The "brightening crews" as they've been called, started their new gig this month.

Have you noticed?

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Woman Struck by Muni Train; Van Ness Station Remains Closed

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Update: The Van Ness station has reopened.

Original story: A woman hit by an underground Muni train at 11:02 this morning at Van Ness Station. She was transported, alive, to the hospital, per Muni spokesman Paul Rose. 

The station remains closed at this time. 

Eyewitnesses have come forward and "we're pulling video now," says Rose. But just what led to the woman being underneath the train is not known at this time, nor is the quality of the video — if any even exists. 

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The SFMTA Has a New, Friendly Blog, and Readers Seem Suspicious.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 7:31 AM

  • Pete Kane
Did you know that the SFMTA has a new blog, Moving SF? Seemingly timed with the recent 25-cent fare increase, the parent agency of Muni has decided its image problem has grown dire, and wants to give the everyday commuter (that'd be you!) insight into the workings of one of the most disliked government bodies.

“We want to start telling your our story,” says the Aug. 28 inaugural post.

As SF Citizen already so poignantly put it: That's just bull shit.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Pedestrian Hit By Muni Train This Morning

Posted By on Mon, Sep 8, 2014 at 7:47 AM

A unidentified man was rushed to the hospital this morning after a T-Third Street Muni light rail crashed into him in the Bayview neighborhood early this morning.

Paul Rose, spokesman for Muni, says that at about 5:01 a.m., a man was trying to cross the street at Third Street and Carroll Avenue when the collision occurred. The man, who hit the front side of the vehicle, was taken to San Francisco General Hospital with injuries to his head and face. 

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

BART Uses Queen Song and a Pair of Crocs to Demonstrate Safety Tips

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 10:51 AM

BART released some interesting news this morning: five out of every 1 million passengers are hurt at train stations. No word on how many of those five were drunk or texting — or drunk and texting. 

Regardless of this random statistic, the transit agency decided that was five was still one too many. Inspired by Queen and David Bowie (not Vanilla Ice), BART put together this helpful, if not entertaining, video with hints on how to avoid falling onto the tracks and getting crushed by closing train doors.

Featured in this quasi music video are some edgy scenes: riders giving up their seats for others, a pair of orange Crocs, trains arriving on time, and a BART police officer having a cordial conversation with a passenger. 


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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Muni Passengers Move Car Blocking Tracks (PHOTOS)

Posted By on Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 7:59 AM

A community endeavor... - KIM LIANTHAMANI
  • Kim Lianthamani
  • A community endeavor...
In a scene resembling one that might have been depicted in a black-and-white, moving-too-fast reel of yesteryear, passengers from a train blocked by an ill-parked car on Monday deboarded, muscled the offending vehicle out of the road, ambled back on the train, and  went on their merry way. 

At just before 7 p.m. yesterday, the outbound N-Judah came to a halt at Carl and Arguello near UC San Francisco; an Infiniti was ditched in the red zone, and its trunk was hanging over the tracks. The Muni driver popped the train's doors to let those who didn't want to wait indefinitely walk off.

Some did. But they did more than walk. 

"In a very community moment, a bunch of guys decided they should move the car out of the way," passenger Phuong Mai tells SF Weekly. "It took about half a dozen tries to lift enough … but they managed to pivot the car to clear it from the tracks." 

While the men worked to move the car, additional trains idled behind the initially blocked N-Judah. 

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Spate of Muni Accidents Snarls Service, 40 Injured

Posted By on Fri, Aug 1, 2014 at 2:06 PM

One day after a Muni light-rail vehicle collided with a van, two more nasty accidents have put a damper on the Friday. 

A T-Third train has been knocked out of service due to an accident near Innes Street. That train apparently came into contact with a big rig. 

Meanwhile, on Geary and Buchanan, an accordion bus and a truck had a smack-up — resulting in the damage pictured above. All told, at least 40 people were injured in the mishaps. 

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Monday, April 29, 2013

S.F. Homeless Residents Can Finally Take a Shower ... on Muni

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Could definitely use a shower
  • Could definitely use a shower

A shower on Muni sounds like that uninviting combo of sinister and unsanitary.

Of course, that's until you read this story about Lava Mae, a startup founded by entrepreneur Doniece Sandoval, that's decided to capitalize on crappy, unused Muni buses (that could probably use a good scrub themselves) for the homeless to use as washrooms.

The Examiner reported that the startup has already secured the rights to use one Muni bus for mobile showering in San Francisco.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Central Subway: Leaving Boring Machines in the Ground Won't Cost $55 Million

Posted By on Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 1:59 PM

A million-dollar idea... - AUDREY FUKUMAN
  • Audrey Fukuman
  • A million-dollar idea...

Did you know there's a guy who sings topical songs set to popular tunes at city meetings? Well, there is.

If that's what passes for levity at a City Hall meeting, you can imagine the joys of neighborhood meetings regarding contentious issues. Yes, there's juice and chips in the back. But you'll need 'em: These things often last for hours, and everybody -- everybody -- gets up and talks. No one sings.

So, we're willing to concede that C.W. Nevius was likely accurate in summing up the joy that was a heated North Beach meeting regarding the Central Subway project and Pagoda Palace boring machine extraction.

But he was inaccurate in summing up what it's gonna cost. In fact, he was off by a factor of 12.

See Also: Boring Stories -- Muni's Drilling Plan Strains Credulity

Central Subway: Muni's Grout Plan May Be All Fracked Up

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Major BART Delays in S.F.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 9:10 AM

That's you waiting to go somewhere
  • That's you waiting to go somewhere

Update 11:50 a.m.: BART delays are clear, you can get out of here now.

Original Story 9:10 a.m.: If you are headed to the San Francisco International Airport now, be prepared to wait. And then wait some more.

BART just tweeted the frustrating news that San Francisco trains leaving Glen Park and headed southbound are experiencing major delays.

See Also: This Is Why Everyone on BART Hates You

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