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Thursday, January 19, 2017

We recently passed a major milestone: The SFMTA Photo Archive now has over 8,000 photos, spanning 50 years of San Francisco transit history, digitized and published online for you to explore.

For today’s trip back in time, we’ll share three samples from the years between 1903 and 1953, all taken on Market Street.

Black and white photograph showing an overhead view of Market Street, looking east from 4th Street.  Pedestrians are walking across Market at the bottom of the frame, with streetcars, buses, and automobiles mid-frame beyond. building facades flank the street at frame left and right.  Photo taken October 1, 1948.
Buses, streetcars and pedestrians on Market, looking east from 4th Street on October 1, 1948.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Afternoon day on Market Street facing the Ferry Building.
Facing eastbound on Market Street on April 20, 2011. SFMTA Photo Archive


Chinese Flower Market
Saturday and Sunday
Grant Ave. in Chinatown

On the weekend before Chinese New Year Day, the Chinese Flower Market Fair in Chinatown will help kick off the festivities for Lunar year 4715, better known as the Year of the Rooster. This two-day event will feature acrobats, folk dancers and opera, plus the opportunity to buy traditional fruits, candies, flowers and plants in advance of new year celebrations.

Due to street closures on Grant Avenue from Clay Street to Broadway, pedestrian and vehicle traffic congestion is expected to be heavy on surrounding streets. Please plan ahead, add extra travel time and utilize alternative routes to avoid delays.

Muni service note: The 10 Townsend and 12 Folsom/Pacific will be re-routed.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tree-lined intersection with pedestrians and cars crossing and bright yellow and green markings.

Last month, we unveiled the latest street design upgrade for SF — a protected intersection at 9th and Division streets. A protected intersection uses simple features like concrete islands to make moving through the intersection safer for everyone, whether they’re walking, biking or driving. 

Today, we’re sharing a video with more details and a link to some interesting time lapse videos of the changes with thanks to local transportation advocate Thomas Rogers.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Photos of the new Muni train outside in the train yard.

Updated Jan. 22 with a video from the event at the bottom of the post.

It’s here, and it’s real: The first of a new generation of Muni Metro trains arrived today, marking a huge milestone for the fleet that will play a major role in transforming the Muni-riding experience in the years to come.

Just hours after being delivered from the Siemens factory in Sacramento, we unveiled Muni light rail vehicle 2001 today at our Muni Metro East facility, where it will be tested to ensure a smooth introduction into service in late summer.

SFMTA staff, including Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin and Muni Operations Director John Haley, were joined by London Breed, president of the SF Board of Supervisors, and Michael Cahill, president of the Rail Systems Division at Siemens USA.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Artwork by Monica Tiuslesci

If you’re a regular Muni rider, you may have noticed: Muni Art is back.

The artwork of five winning artists started rolling out in December and will be displayed on 100 buses within the next few weeks.

Yesterday, we were honored to join our partners at City Hall to launch the return of Muni Art, reigniting a successful relationship between local art and local transit. We were joined by Board of Supervisors President London Breed, our program partner SF Beautiful, the winning artists and the program’s generous sponsors.

Now, in the program’s second year, the art is on twice as many buses.

“Starting this week, San Francisco will have 100 rolling art galleries serving the dual purpose of transporting and delighting their customers,” said SFMTA Board Chairman Tom Nolan. “It is our honor to once again showcase this win-win relationship between local artists and our riders.”

Muni Art is a collaboration with SF Beautiful to promote local artists and enhance the transit experience.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Dr. King Holiday: Muni Service and Parking Enforcement Schedule

This Monday, in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, 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.


Illuminated waterfalls at night.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial at the Yerba Buena Gardens on November 29, 2008. Photo credit: Denmark/Flickr.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

MLK day march
Marchers gather for the 2016 MLK march from the San Francisco Caltrain station. Photo: Chris Henderson

Next Monday marks the annual celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday and San Francisco’s annual march from the Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets to Yerba Buena Gardens, organized by the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation (NorcalMLK).

The SFMTA is partnering with NorcalMLK to provide free MLK2017 Commemorative Muni Passes to enable San Franciscans to attend the celebration at Yerba Buena Gardens. We will also provide complimentary shuttle service during the annual march.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Rendering of Geary Boulevard at Fillmore facing east with a bus pulling up in the red transit-only lane.
A rendering of Geary Bus Rapid Transit improvements at Fillmore Street. 

For the 52,000 people who ride Muni’s Geary bus routes daily, improvements to make the ride less crowded and more reliable just took a leap forward.

Friday, January 6, 2017

A NextMuni digital sign that reads, 71-HaightNoriega, 85 minutes.
Due to a technical issue that started this week, long wait times shown on NextMuni signs may not be accurate. Photo: Michael Ocampo/Flickr

Wednesday, Feb. 22 Update:

All Muni arrival predictions have been restored. Once again, we appreciate your patience during this inconvenience.

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.