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Monday, March 27, 2017

In two weeks, San Francisco will celebrate Giants Opening Day. This week, the Giants will host the Oakland Athletics for two pre-season games at AT&T park.

With the start of baseball season comes planning for getting to and from SF's beautiful ballpark. 

Muni light rail vehicle passes in front of AT&T Park.
Muni light rail vehicles travel down King Street in front of AT&T Park.

As in previous years, there are many choices for travel during baseball season — designed to facilitate safe, timely and reliable service to and from the ballpark and beyond.

Friday, March 24, 2017

From Friday, March 31 to Friday, April 7, the SFMTA is closing off a small segment of northbound Octavia Street, from Linden to Hayes streets, for the Octavia Open Street events that will experiment with opening this block for people who want to walk or bike more in the neighborhood. Through our ongoing community outreach work on the Octavia Boulevard Enhancement Project, we’ve heard a clear and consistent neighborhood interest in creating more public space and creating livability improvements near Patricia’s Green. 

Octavia Street at Hayes Street

This open streets event won’t just help us evaluate how a closure like this would work. It will highlight the overall public realm opportunities along this popular boulevard for everyone in the area.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

In the era of prosperity after World War II, Americans envisioned a future where space-age technology would bring greater ease and comfort to everyday life. People would have robot pets, live in bubble houses and ride mass transit via silent and speedy monorails. San Francisco took its first steps towards that vision in the 1960s with the construction of the Muni Metro / Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) project to replace outdated streetcars with sleek trains that zip across town through the Market Street Subway.

Moving from streetcars to modern light rail vehicles (LRVs) was a trend among similar cities at the time. But Muni needed a special kind of vehicle that could serve both low-level platforms at its pre-existing stops on surface streets and high-level platforms in the new subway stations.

A mid-century style Muni light rail vehicle with orange stripes and the Muni worm logo is crossing the intersection at Church Street and Duboce Avenue. In the background a bright yellow building and late 1970s style vehicles are visible.
A first-generation Muni light rail vehicle, built by Boeing, on Duboce Avenue at Church Street. Known for both their funky paint schemes and frequent breakdowns, many residents remember these train cars with mixed feelings of nostalgia.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Events

This weekend you can enjoy an island Easter egg hunt, National Corn Dog Day and a chance to run off all those extra calories while rocking and rolling 13.1 miles though the city.

Man Running in Rock&Roll Marathon 2016
Rock'n Roll San Francisco Half Marathon on April 3, 2016. Photo: Jun Selta/Flickr

National Corn Dog Day
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
SoMa

Creative corn dog specials from an all-star lineup of food trucks, PBR specials and swag giveaways, a cornhole tournament and corndog eating contest are just a few of the features of the country’s biggest National Corn Dog Day festival. Stop by the SoMa StrEat Food Park this Saturday for a unique day of food and fun.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Creme and Green Livery Street with a red bow on the front behind a red ribbon.
The Harvey Milk Streetcar PCC 1051 at its reintroduction ribbon cutting on March 15, 2017. SFMTA Photo Archive

Last Wednesday, media, community groups, local merchants and government officials gathered as the Harvey Milk Streetcar PCC 1051 went back into service. This rolling tribute to former Supervisor Harvey Milk is painted in the same green-and-cream livery that Muni used when Milk was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1977. The “museum in motion” also features interior placards with text and photos detailing the life of Milk and his impact on both transportation advocacy and the LGBTQ movement. Supervisor Milk was the first San Francisco Supervisor to regularly use a Muni Fast Pass.

Monday, March 20, 2017

49 Mission and Van Ness traveling up Van Ness in the afternoon
Northbound 49 Van Ness-Mission Route traveling to North Point Street.  SFMTA Photo Archive.

Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, March 21, 1 p.m.
City Hall, Room 400
Nearby Muni Routes: 5, 19, 21, 47, 49, F Market, Metro-Civic Center Station

The agenda for tomorrow’s Board of Directors meeting is light, featuring the agency's efforts to increase disadvantaged business enterprises in its contracts.  The Board’s agenda is posted online.

Our Board of Directors meetings are usually held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The agendas are posted under “meetings” on the Boards webpage 72 hours in advance. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

This week, we released our Two-Year Vision Zero Action Strategy for 2017-2018, the foundation for how and why San Francisco is working to end traffic deaths on our streets.

The document comes just as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted a resolution this week urging the California State Legislature and Governor to pass California State Assembly Bill 342, the Safe Streets Act of 2017. This bill would give San Francisco and San Jose the authority to pilot automated speed enforcement – a proven, cost-effective solution to help us move toward Vision Zero.

Our new Vision Zero Action Strategy outlines the initiatives city departments must lead to reach that goal, the challenges we face and the drive behind our commitment to making it a reality. It’s also a look at our progress since San Francisco adopted Vision Zero in 2014, including the number of lives lost in 2016 and the impact of our efforts to bring it to zero.

The strategy is focused on three main outcomes San Francisco needs to achieve to eliminate traffic fatalities: Safe streets, safe people and safe vehicles.

Three icons with text. Safe streets, safe people, safe vehicles.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Muni operator, seated in the bus driver seat, greets a customer with a smile.
A Muni operator greets a customer with a smile.

As many celebrate all things Irish tomorrow, we’ll also be celebrating our Muni drivers for Transit Driver Appreciation Day. While the official day is on Saturday, we want to recognize the men and women who serve the city’s visitors and residents as bus and rail operators for their efforts to ensure we arrive safely at our destinations.

Among the thousands of people it takes to keep Muni and the rest of our transportation system moving, Muni operators have one of the toughest jobs. For hours on end, they keep the city moving,  announce stops, answer questions for customers and so much more. And they do this all while safely maneuvering an extra-large vehicle through unpredictable city traffic, some really tight spaces and difficult terrain. We want to say thanks.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Original facade of Kezar Stadium on a bright, sunny day.
Kezar Stadium on June 20, 2011. Photo: Graham C99/Flickr

Event:

San Francisco Deltas Soccer
Saturday, 7 p.m.
Kezar Stadium

San Francisco’s newest professional sports team, the San Francisco Deltas of the North American Soccer League, will host the Sacramento Republic FC in a friendly exhibition matchup this Saturday at Kezar Stadium. The Deltas kick off their regular season next Saturday, March 25. They will play 16 home games at Kezar with the season ending on October 28.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Muni buses on Market Street travel down red-colored transit-only lanes, approaching riders waiting on a boarding island, with a bus shelter labeled, "Muni Rapid."
A screenshot from the Streetfilms video, “Riders First: How Buses Are Moving San Francisco Forward.”

It can be easy to lose track of all our efforts to move Muni Forward, so it’s helpful to get a fresh look and take stock of the work we’ve done.

A video released last week called “Riders First: How Buses Are Moving San Francisco Forward,” produced by the nonprofit organizations Streetfilms and TransitCenter, highlighted our “systematic, rider-centric approach to improving bus service across the city.”