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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. 

People sitting in chairs and bicycles parked in a public space next to Patricia's Green park on Octavia Street near 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.

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.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Daylight Saving Reminder:

Don’t forget to turn your clocks forward one hour this Sunday as Daylight Saving Time begins. It’s a good chance to test your smoke detectors and replace their batteries if needed.

Transbay Terminal Construction Alert:

Now through Saturday, April 1: Construction work for the Transbay Terminal requires a closure of Beale Street between Mission and Howard streets. All routes terminating at Transbay Terminal will have minor re-routes.

Events

Take advantage of the dry weather this weekend and enjoy the parades, music, food and fun in the downtown, Visitacion Valley and Mission District areas.

SFPD mounted units leading parade in 2007.
Members of the San Francisco Police Department’s Mounted Unit at the start of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17, 2007. Photo credit: Sam Soneja/Flickr.

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.