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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

We’re pioneering new types of traffic signal designs to reduce illegal left turns along Muni’s T Third Line, and we need your input.

The two signal designs below were recently installed at intersections on 3rd Street. With efforts including a new survey, you can weigh in on which signal is more effective at making intersections safer while making Muni Metro lines faster and more reliable.

Which of these signals most effectively indicates that a train is coming through the intersection? Take our survey and let us know.

 A traffic signal featuring a flashing, filled-in image of a train on tracks attached to a pole beneath a left turn traffic signal and above a "Do Not Enter" sign. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Muni Service Changes This Saturday

Our latest round of Muni Forward service changes will include:

  • Stop removals on the L Taraval Line
  • More frequent service on the 8AX Bayshore Express, 25 Treasure Island and 29 Sunset
  • Moving the 28R 19th Avenue Rapid Route’s southern terminal to Geneva and San Jose avenues
  • More 60-foot trolley buses on the 5 Fulton and 5R Fulton Rapid routes

For complete details on all the upcoming changes and affected routes, please see our February 17 blog post.

Tent covered vending tables line a narrow walkway on both sides as people look and shop.
The Treasure Island Flea on April 23, 2016. Photo: Fabrice Florin/Flickr.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Over the past month, we’ve been rolling out the initial Muni Forward safety treatments along Taraval Street as part of the L Taraval Rapid Project. Despite the ongoing rain, we’ve made progress on every component, including the “clear zones,” upgraded boarding zones and transit-only lanes.

Here’s a look at our progress on Taraval so far.

People on Taraval Street board a stopped Muni train from the roadway with pavement markings that say, "TRANSIT BOARDING ZONE" and a posted sign that says, "STATE LAW - STOP HERE WHEN" along with an image of a train and passenger.
Pilot boarding zone upgrades on Taraval at 40th Avenue.

Friday, February 17, 2017

As part of our ongoing efforts to move Muni Forward, we’re launching a package of small but important service adjustments on Saturday, February 25.

Based on feedback from Muni riders, we’re increasing service and on popular routes, adding bigger buses on the 5 Fulton and making stop and schedule adjustments to make service faster, roomier and more reliable.

Here are all of the Muni lines and routes affected – find the full details below:

  • F Market, L Taraval, L Owl, 5/5 Rapid, 5 Owl, 7X, 8AX/BX, 10, 12, 25, 27, 28 Rapid, 29, 48

A 60-foot Muni bus parked in a garage with its front door open.
A 60-foot New Flyer bus at Muni's Flynn Division.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

President’s Day Holiday Muni Service and Parking Enforcement

This Monday, in observance of President’s Day, Muni will operate on a Saturday schedule.

Parking meters and restrictions for seven-day street sweeping will be enforced.

However, there will be no enforcement of parking restrictions for:

  • Monday through Friday street sweeping
  • Residential parking permits
  • Commute hour tow-away zones

For complete details, visit the holiday enforcement schedule webpage.

45 travelling through Chinatown in the afternoon.
Southbound 45 Union/Stockton travelling through Chinatown to Caltrain on June 6, 2016. SFMTA Photo Archive


Monday, February 13, 2017

The SFMTA Chinese New Year Parade contingent stepped off Saturday evening with firecrackers, pounding drums and the ring of a cable car bell. Aboard an authentic cable car, operated on a bus chassis, operators, Central Subway project team members and other staff joined the more than 100 other units of sister city agencies, community organizations, sponsors and elected officials. Celebrating the Year of the Rooster, this year's parade wound through downtown — Union Square and Chinatown.

A tall, glittery rooster sits at the fronts of the Southwest parade float.

A towering rooster proclaimed the start of the new year from the front of the Southwest Airlines float.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Photo of a Chinese lantern with "CAM," "Happy New Year" and "Muni" written in English next to Chinese characters, on the inside of a motorized cable car.
A Chinese lantern inside a motorized cable car during the 2016 Chinese New Year Parade.

Monday, February 6, 2017
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Muni bus travelling on the Great Highway under a bright blue sky.
A southbound 18 46th Avenue bus on the Great Highway in February 2015.


KP SF Half Marathon & 5K
Sunday, 8 a.m.
Golden Gate Park

While many people will be spending their Sunday morning getting ready for the big game in Houston, a dedicated few will be lacing up their running shoes to tackle the most scenic running course in the country — the Kaiser Permanente Half Marathon. This certified 13.1 mile course will lead participants through picturesque Golden Gate Park and out onto the Great Highway for the natural beauty of Ocean Beach. Runners will then head south to the San Francisco Zoo and then back up to the park to hit the finish line on JFK Drive.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

To people who feel underprivileged and out of sync: rising to the top can happen to those who persevere and compete. - Curtis E. Green

Those were the encouraging words of Curtis Green in 1982, when he retired from the San Francisco Municipal Railway as the first black general manager of a major transit system in the nation.

Green's career at Muni spanned 37 years, from 1945 to 1982, during which he helped shape the system we know today. He was known to be well liked by everyone, including personal friend Supervisor Harvey Milk. 

Black and white photo of Curtis Green and Harvey Milk standing in front of a streetcar.
Muni General Manager Curtis Green (left) selling Supervisor Harvey Milk a Fast Pass on Feb. 2, 1978.