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Updated: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 3:44 pm

Photos of one of Muni’s older, standard-length trolley buses at a stop on the 24 Divisadero route and one of Muni’s new, extended trolley buses traveling on the 14 Mission route.
Left: An older electric trolley bus (standard length). Right: A newer trolley bus (extended length).

You’ve seen Muni’s sleek new extended trolley buses roll out over the past couple of years. Now, it’s time for the rest of Muni’s electric bus fleet to get upgraded to the next generation.

All of Muni’s standard-length (40-foot) trolley buses, which you may know by the trolley poles that attach them to overhead wires on routes like the 1 California and 24 Divisadero, will be replaced with a new fleet by 2019. Thanks to an approval from our Board of Directors this week, the first new buses are due to arrive by the end of the year.

As with the new generation of Muni trains (which start service this year), these new trolley buses will go a long way towards making Muni more reliable, not to mention quieter and safer.

Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017, 8:39 pm

Muni will be testing the new trains late at night on the J Church line. Bus shuttles will be provided during testing, ending at 1:30 am.

Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017, 7:21 pm

Detailed accounts of recent major system delays. We apologize if you were inconvenienced by any of these delays and thank you for riding Muni. Incidents are posted on this page no earlier than the following regular business day.

Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017, 3:01 pm

Muni's electric trolley buses have served San Francisco for 75 years, which we will celebrate during this year’s Muni Heritage Weekend (September 24 - 25) with a special historic photo exhibit inside the vintage buses out for the festival. Here’s a look at how these hard-working "green machines" came to service some of Muni's busiest routes.

Black and white photo showing a view from above looking west/south west on Market Street from Eddy Street showing buses, streetcars, and pedestrians traveling on the street. Taken in July 1947.
This view west on Market Street from Eddy Street on July 7, 1949 shows a line of electric trolley buses rolling down Market on the 5, 7, 8 and 21 routes.

Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017, 2:44 pm

A corner on Vicente Street with existing “front-in” angled parking and “daylighting.”
A corner on Vicente Street with existing “front-in” angled parking and “daylighting.”

Like most streets in the Outer Sunset, Vicente Street has road space to spare. We’ve proposed changes to Vicente, from 17th Avenue to the beach, that would re-align parking spaces to add more of them, improve visibility at street corners and add bike lanes.

These changes are on the agenda for our bi-weekly engineering public hearing tomorrow, and there will be other chances to weigh in on them before they’re approved.

Here are the changes proposed for Vicente, between 17th Ave. and Lower Great Highway:

Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017, 2:42 pm

Weekly Summary of Stop Relocations

Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017, 1:01 pm

Data-driven policing. Advancements in video technology. An improved interdepartmental communications network. A more concerted approach to “connecting the crime dots.”

Those are some of the key reasons there’s been an 18 percent dip in overall crime on Muni between February 2015 and February 2016, according to SF Police Department Lieutenant Tim Paine.

“My teams are out there,” Paine said, “and we take crimes on Muni seriously.”

Paine is the SFPD officer in charge of the Muni Enforcement Team, directing the Muni Task Force, Muni Response Team and the Muni K-9 unit. Paine, who reports to SFPD Commander of Transportation and Security Ann Mannix, works collaboratively with the SFMTA’s head of Security, Investigations and Enforcement, Chris Grabarkiewctz, to thwart criminal behavior on the city’s public transportation system.

A busy scene at Powell Muni Metro Station.

Powell Muni Metro Station.

Updated: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5:53 pm
Updated: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 5:13 pm

A Muni bus on the 29 Sunset route on the recently-redesigned Mansell Street in McLaren Park.
A hybrid electric Muni bus on Mansell Street in McLaren Park, which was recently redesigned with a beautiful path for walking and biking.

Earth Day was started in 1970 to foster forward-thinking initiatives that would benefit the environment and the planet. At the SFMTA, we continue to meet that call to action with more achievements each year.

As Mayor Ed Lee announced this week, San Francisco reduced its greenhouse gas emissions to 28 percent below the 1990 levels in 2015, two years ahead of our goal to do so by 2017. Greenhouse gas emissions come from electricity, natural gas, fuel, waste and transportation, which is one of the largest contributors in the city, at about 46 percent (mostly from cars and trucks).

At the SFMTA, where we oversee Muni and all of San Francisco’s surface transportation, Earth Day’s message of sustainability is embedded in nearly every aspect of what we do every day.