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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Four versions of Muni tickets with artwork.
The tickets dispensed from Muni’s new fareboxes feature these four pieces of winning Muni Art.

If you’ve bought one of the tickets from one of our new Muni fareboxes, you may have noticed that the back sides feature some beautiful artwork.

These works are from the winners of the inaugural year of Muni Art, which were displayed on 50 Muni buses in 2016. As we roll out a new type of Muni ticket, we took the opportunity to double them as a canvas for local art.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The first weekend of summer and the last weekend of June will draw an estimated one million people into the city for the world-famous Pride celebration. While Pride weekend will take center stage in the city this weekend, don’t forget that the San Francisco Giants will begin a six game home stand on Friday. Muni service will be increased and get you out to AT&T Park for those games against the New York Mets and Colorado Rockies. Now, here's what you can expect during this weekend's Pride events.

Muni Contingent in 2016 SF Pride Parade
The SFMTA contingent during the 2016 Pride Parade. SFMTA Photo Archive

Pride Weekend

Friday through Sunday
Castro and Civic Center

"A Celebration of Diversity” is the theme of this year’s San Francisco Pride festivities which will begin Friday night with the Trans March procession from Dolores Park to the Tenderloin. Saturday will feature the Dyke March as it makes its way from Dolores Park to the Castro. Also on Saturday and Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people will make their way to the Civic Center Plaza for the Pride Celebration, which will feature music and dance performances on several stages plus appearances by nationally and internationally recognized LGBT stars.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

As we close in on Pride weekend, we bring you the history behind motorized Cable Car 62, Muni's readymade "float" that will be in the midst of the parade action this Sunday.

Color photograph from June 26, 2016 showing Muni motorized cable car 62 decorated in rainbow banners on Market Street as part of Pride parade.
Motorized Cable Car 62, decked out at last year’s Pride Parade on Market at Powell Street on June 26, 2016.

Many people mistake Car 62 for just another one of the numerous cable car-style tour buses that run around our city. But unlike the imitators, Car 62 was actually one of a few real cable cars converted into a motor vehicle.

Car 62 began life as part of the California Street Cable Railroad Company (a.k.a. Cal Cable) fleet, and it was originally numbered Car 61. It was built for Cal Cable's Jones Street Shuttle Line, which ran on Jones between Market and O'Farrell streets to connect passengers to the company's main lines (the California Street Line and the O'Farrell, Jones & Hyde Line). 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New Muni farebox.
Look for these new fareboxes on your Muni vehicle starting this week.

They’ve made thousands of Muni rides possible each day. And after more than 25 busy years of transit transactions, our old on-board fare machines are ready to be retired.

So starting this week, we’re introducing new, smarter fareboxes that will dispense a new type of Muni ticket on all Muni vehicles. These will be installed on all Muni vehicles over the course of the year, starting with our longer, 60-foot buses.

For the first time on Muni, the new fare machines will print transaction details on tickets, which will help us keep better track of fare payments and understand how people use Muni. This more secure transaction method will also prevent the theft of Muni transfers and help keep operators safe.

So, what’s new about using Muni’s new fareboxes? Here’s everything you need to know.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

If you're a fan of nice weather and historic festivals, then this weekend should please you. Check out our featured events below.

The crowd soaking up the sun in Washington Square Park during North Beach Festival 2009.
The crowd soaking up the sun in Washington Square Park during North Beach Festival 2009. Photo: Javi Vázquez/Flickr

Monday, June 12, 2017

Muni buses drive down red-colored transit-only lanes on Market Street.
Red transit-only lanes on Market Street.

As we wrote in April, red transit-only lanes work. And now, our efforts to pioneer them have taken a step forward: State and federal agencies gave San Francisco the green light to give more transit lanes the red paint treatment.

Our recent study showed that on three downtown streets, adding red paint to highlight bus-only lanes caused fewer drivers to violate them, reduced traffic collisions and made Muni service more reliable.

Friday, June 9, 2017

A group of children sit facing three performers on a stage in a gymnasium.

Last week San Francisco Unified School District's incoming sixth-graders at four middle schools went straight to their new campuses despite the summer break to learn the ropes for success beyond elementary school. The students who will step up to middle school this fall face new challenges such as taking public transportation to school independently, using lockers, managing relationships with new peers, and in new places, such as social media. For the past two years, the SFMTA has been pleased to participate in helping students better understand their transportation options.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Black and white photograph taken in august of 1973 showing Cable Car 23 descending the Hyde Street hill from Chestnut Street. San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz island can be seen in the background.
Cable Car 23 descends the Hyde Street hill near Chestnut Street on Aug. 20, 1973.

Have you ever wondered what it takes to keep Muni's cable cars on the road year after year?

In the first of a series of posts, we'll give you an inside look at the meticulous work underway to restore one of Muni's long-running cable cars: Powell Street Cable Car 23.

In a little-known carpentry shop in the Dogpatch neighborhood, Muni's skilled craftspeople are combining their incredible carpentry skills and knowledge of the construction of cable cars to breathe new life into Cable Car 23, which has served the city for nearly 130 years.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

This weekend will be a busy one, especially in the western part of the city, with the Haight-Ashbury Street FairSunday Streets in Golden Gate Park and the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon on Sunday. Read more about featured events below.

Haight-Ashbury Street Fair 2010
Looking west down Haight Street during the 2010 Haight-Ashbury Street Fair. Photo: bobnrenee/Flickr

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A rendering of people waiting at a Muni bus stop on Geary Street at Leavenworth Street with proposed Muni and safety upgrades, including a wider sidewalk and a red transit-only lane with a bus traveling down it.
A rendering of Geary at Leavenworth Street with proposed Muni and safety upgrades.

We're looking for members to join our new Geary Community Advisory Committee (CAC), where you can help shape our Geary Rapid plans to make the streets along Muni’s 38 Geary route safer, more efficient and more vibrant for everyone.

The Geary CAC will provide input on decisions as we design and implement improvements along Geary Boulevard, Geary and O’Farrell streets. People who live, work, visit and travel on Geary are encouraged to apply.

The project team has proposed improvements on Geary to make streets safer – especially for people walking – and Muni service faster and more reliable to meet rising transportation demands in the years to come.