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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Close-up photo of hands holding a smart phone showing the SFMTA website.

More than 15 years ago, Muni became a national pioneer in providing customers real-time transit information when it launched NextMuni, the system that displays live arrival prediction times at transit shelters, online, through MuniMobile and third-party smartphone apps. Today, the system has become integral to how many Muni riders navigate the city.

Now, we want your input to help design Muni's next-generation customer information system. We're starting our people-centered approach by collecting public input on how to best leverage recent technological innovations to enhance the customer experience. 

The SFMTA is planning a new "system that puts more information into the hands of our riders to help them make better travel decisions,” said our director of transportation, Ed Reiskin. “We understand how vital this information is and are looking to blend advancing technology with the current and future needs of riders across the region.”

To help us build the best system for Muni and other public transit services, we're asking for input from Muni customers and other stakeholders to understand how we can provide better real-time information to meet their needs. We've launched an in-depth online survey where we ask you to tell us how you use Muni and other transportation options, and how you'd like to see the NextMuni system improved. The survey is available in EnglishSpanish and Chinese, and we're distributing printed versions through community groups.

Friday, May 19, 2017

People board a Muni bus at a stop using a new bus boarding island, with a bike lane placed between the island and the sidewalk, on the 9R San Bruno Rapid route.
A 9R San Bruno Rapid Muni bus at a stop with a new bus boarding island on Bayshore Boulevard at Flower Street.

Starting July 1, Muni fare rates will increase for single-trip fares, by up to 25 cents, and for monthly passes, by up to three dollars.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Men running in the Bay to Breakers race, including one wearing a lobster costume.
Participants at Bay to Breakers 2016. Photo: David Goehring/Flickr

Bay to Breakers

Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
SoMa to Ocean Beach

It’s that time of year again: The annual Bay to Breakers 12K race through the city is this Sunday. First held on January 1, 1912 as one of many events designed to lift residents' spirits after the 1906 earthquake, the race and unofficial costume parade has become a San Francisco staple as unique as the city itself.

Runners and walkers will start the route at Howard at Main streets in SoMa before setting off to traverse the iconic Hayes Street Hill and Golden Gate Park to Ocean Beach.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Bus driving up Van Ness Avenue, foreground is a construction notice posted for the Van Ness Improvement Project.

SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, May 16, 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 includes approval of resolutions on transportation funding priorities for a regional ballot measure in 2018 and reallocating funds from the 2014 Transportation and Road Improvement General Obligation Bond to various programs and projects.

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 Board’s webpage 72 hours in advance.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A bustling crosswalk, cars and Muni buses at Mission and 4th streets.
Mission and 4th streets.

When thinking about creating a better transportation system in San Francisco over the next 50 years, which values like equity, safety, sustainability and economy vitality are most important to you?

We’re asking that question with on-street pop-up tabling events around the city and an online survey as part of Connect SF, an effort between city agencies to create a vision for transportation in San Francisco over the next five decades.

For the first phase of Connect SF last fall, we asked San Franciscans to draw their dream subway map to help create our Subway Vision.

This summer, we’ll expand our effort by working with the new Connect SF Futures Task Force, which is made up of neighborhood leaders, transportation advocates, community groups, regional voices, civic leaders and business representatives.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

View overlooking Muni's Kirkland bus yard in Fisherman's Wharf, with a historic streetcar on Beach Street in front.

Starting next week, we will begin work at Muni's Kirkland bus yard in Fisherman's Wharf that will require some disruptions on the block surrounded by Beach, Stockton, North Point and Powell streets.

This work, which is expected to last about nine months, will replace two outdated, underground fuel tanks used for refueling Muni buses at the Kirkland yard with a safer, more efficient system.

The new fueling system will store renewable biodiesel and feature double-walled tanks, a new monitoring system to detect leaks and faster, more reliable fuel dispensers. During the tank excavation, any contaminated soil and water will be treated on site and disposed appropriately.

Construction Impacts

Here are the impacts on expected for this work: 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

How Weird Faire with Banner 2015
A scene from the How Weird Street Faire in 2015. Photo: Tom Hilton/Flickr

How Weird Street Faire

Sunday, 12 to 8 p.m.
SoMa

The 18th annual counter-cultural gathering known as the How Weird Street Faire kicks off at noon this Sunday at Howard and Second streets in SoMa. This celebration of peace and love will be filled with art and performances, assorted vendors, food and drinks and much more.

How to Get There on Muni: The 8 Bayshore, 10 Townsend, 12 Folsom-Pacific, 14 Mission/14R Mission Rapid, 30 Stockton and 45 Union-Stockton routes will take riders close to the festivities.

Muni Service Note: The 8, 14/14R, 30 and 45 routes may see increased ridership and possible delays. The 10 and 12 routes will see reroutes and possible delays.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Black and white photo showing a view north on Diamond Street near Chenery in San Francisco's Glen Park Neighborhood. in the foreground is a wooden bridge and streetcar rails, followed by a street curving uphill with a handful of early 20th century wooden houses and buildings.
"Downtown" Glen Park in 1908, as seen looking north from a rail bridge built for San Francisco's first electric streetcar line along what is now Diamond Street towards Chenery Street. Most of the buildings seen here are still standing today.

San Francisco's first electric streetcar line opened 125 years ago today on April 27, 1892. Operated by the San Francisco & San Mateo Railway Company (SF & SM Ry.), this pioneering line had a lasting imprint on transit in our city that continues to this day.

The SF & SM Ry. line ran from Steuart and Market streets through the South of Market and Mission districts via Harrison Street, Guerrero Street and San Jose Avenue to Glen Park, and ended at the cemeteries in Colma.

The line was made viable by the advantages electric streetcars provided over horse-drawn vehicles and cable cars, which were the predominant means of transportation at the time. They cost less to build and operate, could carry more passengers and traverse much longer distances at higher speeds. After they were proved to be a practical way to improve and expand public transit by inventor Frank Sprague in 1888, they came to dominate the transit scene around the world by 1900.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

This weekend is jam-packed with fun around the city, including the Clement Street Neighborhood EventSF Deltas soccer at Kezar Stadium, an early Mother’s Day celebration at the Treasure Island Flea Market  and SF Giants baseball games to wrap up their current homestand.

Check out this weekend's featured events below.

A crowd of people fills and tents fill Diamond Street during the 2014 Glen Park Festival.
An impressive crowd on Diamond Street during the 2014 Glen Park Festival. Photo: moppet65535/Flickr

Friday, April 21, 2017

Photos of one of Muni’s older, standard-length trolley buses at a stop on the 24 Divisadero route and one of Muni’s new, extended trolley buses traveling on the 14 Mission route.
Left: An older electric trolley bus (standard length). Right: A newer trolley bus (extended length).

You’ve seen Muni’s sleek new extended trolley buses roll out over the past couple of years. Now, it’s time for the rest of the electric bus fleet to get upgraded to the next generation.

All of Muni’s standard-length (40-foot) trolley buses, which you may know by the trolley poles that attach them to overhead wires on routes like the 1 California and 24 Divisadero, will be replaced with a new fleet by 2019. Thanks to an approval from our Board of Directors this week, the first new buses are due to arrive by the end of the year.

Like the new generation of Muni trains (which start service this year), these new trolley buses will go a long way towards making Muni more reliable, not to mention quieter and safer.