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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This weekend's events have a little something for everyone. Check out the Colossal Clusterfest in Civic Center, head to the Union Street Music Festival, pig out at the Heritage BBQ tour in Dogpatch or enjoy the Statuto Race along the waterfront. More information on featured events below.

Union Street Festival goers.
Union Street Festival attendees in 2016. Photo: Steven Restivo Event Services

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

People board a Muni bus in front of Balboa Park Station.

Crime on Muni vehicles and in stations has dropped steadily since 2013, as you may have heard.

The decline in crime comes even as more people ride Muni, and it correlates with our efforts with the SF Police Department to use better surveillance equipment and data to deploy police where they're needed most.

Still, it's always best to be prepared, and we thought it'd be helpful to share recommendations for the safest ways to respond.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

If you've ever wondered what Muni looked like in the 1950s, you're in luck – we recently added over 1,500 photos to the SFMTA Photo Archive from years up to the end of 1959. Here are a few shots from the decade to whet your appetite.

Black and white photo showing a group of people waiting to board a Muni bus in 1951.
A typical evening street scene on Sutter and Montgomery streets on March 2, 1951 shows passengers boarding an outbound 2 Clement Express bus.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

There will be no shortage of activities to help make this Memorial Day weekend one to remember. In addition to Carnaval in the Mission, you can enjoy the San Francisco International Arts Festival, catch some SF Giants baseball or visit the monthly Treasure Island Flea.

Carnaval Parade on the street in 2014.
The Carnaval Parade in 2014. Photo: Tom Hilton/Flickr

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Close-up photo of hands holding a smart phone showing the SFMTA website.

More than 15 years ago, Muni became a national pioneer in providing customers real-time transit information when it launched NextMuni, the system that displays live arrival prediction times at transit shelters, online, through MuniMobile and third-party smartphone apps. Today, the system has become integral to how many Muni riders navigate the city.

Now, we want your input to help design Muni's next-generation customer information system. We're starting our people-centered approach by collecting public input on how to best leverage recent technological innovations to enhance the customer experience. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

A man uses a touch screen for the new parking garage payment system.
New parking payment systems allow customers to use Apple Pay and provide on-screen instructions in multiple languages.

We’re excited to introduce new 21st-century technology at city-owned parking facilities to enhance the customer experience. The new Parking Access Revenue Control Systems (PARCS) will make exiting faster, improve customer service and provide enhanced credit card security. The Polk-Bush Garage is the first to completely receive these state-of-the-art upgrades, which will be completed by 2019.

PARCS is a combination of hardware and software that provides the infrastructure to run a parking facility. This operational investment in the city’s infrastructure will make for a smoother experience for city drivers.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Two photos of a man in costume as the Vision Zero Hero, wearing a cape, a wig, a bicycle helmet and eye mask, holding a speed radar and sign that says, "SPEED LIMIT 25."
The Vision Zero Hero at Bike to Work Day on May 11.

As San Francisco opens its arms this Sunday to Bay to Breakers, its annual tradition of costumes, revelry and (a bit of) athletics, a new participant will be in the mix: the SFMTA’s Vision Zero Hero.

If you plan to join the event, keep your eyes peeled for a photo op with our caped safety hero, who will run (or let’s be honest – jog) in the race to call attention to Vision Zero, the citywide effort to end traffic fatalities. The Vision Zero Hero is among San Francisco’s newest mascots, and will join caped heroes in other major cities in advocating for safer, more livable streets.

Friday, May 19, 2017

People board a Muni bus at a stop using a new bus boarding island, with a bike lane placed between the island and the sidewalk, on the 9R San Bruno Rapid route.
A 9R San Bruno Rapid Muni bus at a stop with a new bus boarding island on Bayshore Boulevard at Flower Street.

Starting July 1, Muni fare rates will increase for single-trip fares, by up to 25 cents, and for monthly passes, by up to three dollars.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Men running in the Bay to Breakers race, including one wearing a lobster costume.
Participants at Bay to Breakers 2016. Photo: David Goehring/Flickr

Bay to Breakers

Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
SoMa to Ocean Beach

It’s that time of year again: The annual Bay to Breakers 12K race through the city is this Sunday. First held on January 1, 1912 as one of many events designed to lift residents' spirits after the 1906 earthquake, the race and unofficial costume parade has become a San Francisco staple as unique as the city itself.

Runners and walkers will start the route at Howard at Main streets in SoMa before setting off to traverse the iconic Hayes Street Hill and Golden Gate Park to Ocean Beach.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Portrait of Art Torres.

The newest member of the SFMTA Board of Directors is former State Senator Art Torres, who was sworn in and joined his first board meeting today. Torres was appointed by Mayor Ed Lee and confirmed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to fill a vacancy on the board left by former Chairman Tom Nolan, who retired last month.

With a career in civic engagement spanning more than four decades, including 20 years as a state legislator, Torres has been a leader in the public, private and nonprofit sectors working to tackle complex policy issues and stand up for those without a voice. He led bipartisan initiatives to improve health care, education, the environment and human rights.