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Friday, July 14, 2017

Three Muni Cable Car operators standing in front of the motorized cable car in Union Square with their first, second and third place trophies.
Singh Balraj Rai, Byron Cobb and Leonard Oats show off their trophies at the 54th Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest.

This year, Byron Cobb took home top place in San Francisco's Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest — and what a show!

Yesterday's noon contest had great weather and a lot of help to make it a success. You may have caught some of the media coverage at KRON 4 or in The Chronicle. We are grateful for our entire team of judges, many of whom come year after year, who bring their fine-tuned listening skills to determine the best of the best. The amateur ringers use heart and humor to ring for their favorite charities. The music provided by our favorite local blues band, featuring Cable Car Division employees, Abel Sanchez & The Frisco Project — who know how to draw a crowd. Our super mistress of ceremonies, local comedienne Debi Durst, keeps the afternoon fun and humming along. Of course, it wouldn't be much of a show without the hard working, talented men and women of San Francisco's Cable Cars.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Crews offloading the new Muni train from a truck bed at night.
A late night arrival of a new Muni LRV is attended with excitement.

Earlier this year, Muni's new light-rail vehicles (LRVs) started arriving and undergoing testing on city streets to go into revenue service by the end of this year. While testing has been ongoing for months, none of it has been in the subway system. That is about to change as underground services are set to close down on weeknights and weekends for a month so this crucial step of rigorous testing can take place.

The testing requires the Muni subway to close early on weeknights and over the weekends for four weeks. Testing will begin with the start of service on Saturday, July 22 (approximately 7 a.m.) and continue until the end of regular service on Sunday, Aug. 20 (approximately 1 a.m., Monday).

There will be no testing during Outside Lands, Aug. 11 to 13. Trains will operate on the surface portion of the lines with Muni bus shuttles running between Embarcadero Station and St. Francis Circle. The subway testing will be conducted between West Portal and Montgomery stations; Embarcadero Station will remain open for T Line customers.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A car parked in a curbside parking space with marked for shared vehicles only.

Update: On Tuesday July 18, the On-Street Shared Vehicle Parking Permit Program was approved by the SFMTA Board of Directors.

Curbside parking spaces dedicated to shared vehicles have been around for a few years as part of an SFMTA pilot program. On Tuesday, our board of directors will consider creating a permanent on-street parking permit program for them.

Vehicle sharing services help free up parking spaces for those who need them most by giving people the flexibility they need to sell their car (or forego buying one). As we wrote in January, one of the key findings in our On-Street Car Sharing Pilot Program Evaluation Report (PDF) was that the average on-street shared vehicle in San Francisco is used by 19 people.

The idea behind providing on-street spaces for shared vehicles, whether they're cars or electric mopeds, is to make them more convenient to use for more residents. Since 2014, we've permitted about 200 spaces under the On-Street Car Sharing Pilot Program to supplement the spaces in parking garages and lots.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

After last week's action-packed start to the summer, this quieter weekend provides a chance to catch your breath with this month's Sunday Streets taking place in the heart of the Mission. Read more below

Sunday Streets Crowd on Valencia Street.
The crowd on Valencia at 21st Street during Sunday Streets in the Mission last year.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Two photos of a three-slotted bike rack on the front of a Muni bus. One shows the rack deployed and carrying bicycles, the other shows the rack folded up.
During a two-month trial, two Muni buses will carry these bigger bike racks that can hold a third bicycle.

Combining bikes and Muni is a popular, efficient way to get around – especially if you're traveling longer distances or up one of San Francisco's notoriously steep hills. It's so popular, in fact, that once your bus arrives, both slots on its bike rack might be full at times.

Starting today, we're testing out a new, bigger type of bike rack that can hold a third bicycle on the front of a Muni bus. For the next two months, two test buses will carry these three-slotted bike racks on five Muni routes that see a lot of bike-toting passengers: the 7 Haight/Noriega, 25 Treasure Island, 29 Sunset, 44 O'Shaughnessy and 48 Quintara/24th Street.

Monday, July 10, 2017

 54th Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest

Join us for the annual Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest, a long-standing tradition at Muni, this Thursday, July 13 at noon in Union Square.  

At this popular and lively competition, the best of the SFMTA’s cable car conductors and grips demonstrate their skill and rhythm to vie for the coveted title of Bell Ringing World Champion. Five local public personalities will also compete in an amateur bell ringing contest to raise money for a local nonprofit of their choice.

Friday, July 7, 2017

In the early 1970s, Muni explored some curious bus technologies to provide cleaner, quieter public transit and improve quality of life across the city. One such experiment was a 19th-century throwback wrapped in a 20th-century shell: a steam-powered bus.

Black and white photo showing a GMC brand bus on Market Street near Sansome on August 23, 1972.  This bus is outfitted with a steam turbine engine for testing by Muni.
Muni's experimental steam turbine bus being tested on Market at Sansome Street on August 23, 1972.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Man biking in a parking-protected bike lane and transit boarding island on 7th Street.
Near-term improvements proposed for Folsom and Howard streets include elements similar to those in this parking-protected bike lane and transit boarding island on 7th Street.

Safety, loading and transit improvements are proposed for Folsom and Howard streets in the South of Market District this winter, and you can get a look at them at one of our two open house meetings next week.

The Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project will bring amenities to make SoMa safer and more pleasant to walk, bike, live and work in. However, implementing longer-term changes is expected to take more than five years to finalize the design, coordinate with utility work, change signal times and pour miles of concrete.  So when talking with neighbors, local businesses and those who use Folsom and Howard, we made a commitment to look at near-term safety improvements.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

After an exciting holiday weekend, the city still has plenty to offer. Ready or not, here are some of the upcoming events for this weekend, including the King of the Streets Lowrider Cruise, Across the Bay 12k & 5k, and Giants baseball. Read more about our featured events below.

FMarket by the ballpark

Giants Baseball Games

Friday through Sunday
AT&T Park

The Giants make a brief homestand with three games this weekend against the Miami Marlins. Saturday is Jeff Samardzija Shark Snow Globe night, where the first 20,000 fans through the gates will receive a unique themed snow globe.

Spend more time cheering for the Giants, and less time waiting in line, by purchasing your Muni fare in advance through the MuniMobile app.

How to Get There on Muni: The E Embarcadero, N Judah and T Third lines as well as the 10 Townsend, 30 Stockton, 45 Union/Stockton and 47 Van Ness routes will get you close to the ballpark. For more details on biking, taxis or parking during baseball season, visit our service alert press release.

Muni Service Note: Additional ballpark shuttle trains will be provided to assist fans with both pre- and post-game service. Patrons should expect minor service delays near the ballpark due to heavier pedestrian and vehicle traffic.

Monday, July 3, 2017

A 67 coach driving through Bernal Heights.

Northwest Bernal Heights Engineering Public Hearing

Friday, July 7, 10 a.m.
City Hall, Room 416
Nearby Muni Routes:  5, 19, 21, 47, 49, F Market, Metro-Civic Center Station

Residents of northwest Bernal Heights have petitioned the SFMTA to form a new residential parking permit area to better manage and find parking closer to their homes.

In May 2017, a majority of residents voted to move forward with residential permit parking.  A breakdown of the voting results and project timeline can be found in the project's latest website update.

The proposal to create an RPP area on these blocks will be heard at an SFMTA Engineering Public Hearing at 10 a.m.  Interested parties are invited to attend and comment on the proposal.