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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Within our vast historic photo archive are a handful of panoramic gems – sets of images that were composed so to be placed side-by-side and form a wide view.

Thanks to modern digital imaging technology, we can stitch these shots together to experience these historic views from a unique perspective.

This week, we'll share a couple of these panoramic views from 1906 and 1928.

Black and white photo showing damaged houses, leaning and sinking into the ground on South Van Ness and 18th St, taken May 9, 1906 after great earthquake and fire.
Destroyed and leaning houses along Howard St. (today, South Van Ness Ave.) between 18th and 19th streets on May 9, 1906.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

In 1949, the 5 Fulton took you out to the fun part of town: Playland-at-the-Beach.

Playland was an exhilarating (and often foggy) seaside assemblage of good times, with bumper cars, an infamous fun house with the mechanical Laffin’ Sal, an arcade and treats like the famous “IT’S-IT” ice cream sandwiches.

The image of Playland below was taken at the height of the fun, on February 2, 1949 – 68 years ago today. It shows the end of Muni’s 5 Fulton route with a new bus turnaround under construction at the foot of a towering wooden ride.

Black and white photograph looking south from Balboa and La Playa streets at construction of bus terminal in 1949.  To the right is a wooden amusement ride in Playland at the Beach amusement park.
In 1949, a new loop was under construction to allow trolley buses to turn around at the end of the 5 Fulton route at LaPlaya and Balboa streets. Playland structures are visible to the right and in the background.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Muni’s Kirkland bus division has a storied history with the Fisherman’s Wharf district. Located near Pier 39, Kirkland is one of San Francisco’s smallest and oldest bus yards — but also one of the most visible.

To add to the rich history of the area, we recently added banners along the fence around the yard that display a timeline of Muni’s history and photographs from our historic archive. To see the images in order, follow the timeline along the block of Powell Street from Beach to North Point Street.

Two photos of the fence outside Kirkland bus yard on Powell at Beach Street. In one photo, a 47 Van Ness Muni bus is next to the curb.
A new banner along the Kirkland bus yard at Powell and Beach streets features a timeline of Muni history.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

This week, we take a look back 102 years to a muddy winter scene on Bayshore Boulevard at Oakdale Avenue on January 1915.

Black and white photograph showing intersection of Bayshore Boulevard and Oakdale Avenue on January 8, 1915. Streetcar tracks receed into the distance away from the camera. to the left is a hillside covered with grass, trees, and some wooden fencing.  To the right is a small, flat-fronted building which houses the "Oakdale Bar", today this houses the Old Clamhouse restaurant.
This view looks north on modern day Bayshore Boulevard (then San Bruno Avenue) and Oakdale Avenue (then 15th Avenue) of 25 Line streetcar tracks and the Oakdale Bar. Photo taken January 8, 1915.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Commuter shuttles have become a larger part of San Francisco’s commute over the past few years, and they’ve garnered quite a bit of attention – to say the least.

The good news is that the regulations we put in place under our Commuter Shuttle Program have reduced their impacts on the city’s streets.  We’ve laid out the results of the program in our new report [pdf], as well as findings on the idea of creating concentrated shuttle “hubs” (more on that below).

The data we collected from April to September this year shows that shuttles are keeping more cars off the road, and that more shuttle operators are playing by the rules.

Commuter shuttle travelling on downtown city streets

Monday, October 3, 2016

The 47 Van Ness bus heads north on Van Ness Avenue.

Board of Directors Meeting: 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4
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 lighter than usual; the executvie director's report will include an update on Vision Zero and the presentation of the monthly special recognition awards.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

This Saturday, we gathered with community members, elected officials and our partner agencies to cut the ribbon on Unity Plaza at Ocean and Phelan avenues, next to the City College Ocean Campus and a key hub for Muni service.

The new public gathering space will connect people with nearby schools, businesses and other destinations. We and our partners hope it will be a convenient and enjoyable gathering place for folks from the surrounding neighborhoods and the city college community.

"Unity Plaza" etched on a low wall along the sidwalk in front of an open plaza with pedestrians strolling past.
Unity Plaza next to the City College bus terminal is now open.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

You should be able to ride a bike in safety, whether you’re 20 years old, eight or 80.

That’s the vision we’re working towards, and the only way we’re going to get there is by building safer streets that offer more protection for people biking.

In support of Mayor Ed Lee’s recent Executive Directive on Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety, we're sharing that message today with the Board of Supervisors’ Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee.

Our vision for safer, more bike-friendly streets has become more of a reality in recent years. Since 2010, the SFMTA has installed 13 miles of protected lanes in San Francisco – and that’s just the beginning.

Fifteen miles of new protected bike lanes will be ready for construction in the next 15 months. When completed, these projects will more than double the miles of protected lanes in San Francisco.

Photo of parking-protected bike lane on 13th Street under the Central Freeway.

A parking-protected bike lane on westbound 13th Street. Protected bike lanes separate people biking from cars through physical measures like concrete medians, parked cars or different curb heights.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The results of San Francisco’s residential parking permit survey are in, and you might be surprised at some of the findings.

Here’s a sample of what we learned after getting input from 2,349 San Franciscans who took the survey as part of our comprehensive approach to evaluating the parking permit program. (We’ve received additional feedback at a series of 11 recent community workshops.)

RPP white and green street sign announcing two-hour parking except vehicles with Area U permits.
The white and green parking permit signs are posted throughout the city.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Contest Reminder:

Calling all artists! Remember, the deadline for the SF Beautiful Muni Art project is this Friday. If you desire a platform where your art work can be seen citywide then submit your project proposals to SF Beautiful by 6 p.m. To learn more about the Muni Art project check out our May 5 blog post.

Events:

silhouette of a dancer doing a handstand watched by children in a lobby
Practicing Capoeria during the Juneteenth Festival on June 16, 2012. Photo credit: Black Hour/Flickr.

This Father’s Day weekend will be mellow compared to last weekend’s hectic schedule, which means there’s more time to spend with dear old dad. A quick fun fact - did you know that the nation’s first “Father’s Day” was celebrated in the state of Washington in 1910? Whether you have plans or are still trying to figure out what to do for dad aside from getting him that tie, there are a couple of events in the Fillmore and Noe Valley to consider.