With only 70 percent of Muni's buses on the streets now, the transit agency is warning everyone to prepare for another miserable commute this evening. Paul Rose, spokesman for Muni, tells us that 160 buses are not in operation due to drivers calling in "sick." Thus, commuters should prepare for mo ... More >>
You might not like Muni but maybe you like free stuff. If you do like riding Muni and you just so happen to love getting free things, then today is your day. In honor of its 100th birthday, the cash-strapped Muni is forgoing its need for, well, cash and doling out free rides to all passengers until ... More >>
Don't change out of those orange-and-black shirts just yet. The Giants will be home for Halloween, and San Francisco is as ready as it can be to welcome the World Series champs once again.So here's what you need to know for Wednesday's family event (note: there will be lots of kids there). The ticke ... More >>
Christina Rubke's nomination to fill Bruce Oka's vacated slot on the Municipal Transportation Agency Board may come as a surprise to the city's most ardent Muni-watchers. It should -- she's surprised, too. In a press release announcing the San Francisco lawyer's nomination to the board, Mayor Ed Lee ... More >>
William PoorThere's one way of showing up on time...San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee may yet be the perfect amalgamation of Napoleon and a Teddy Bear. He remains likable even while the knife goes in. One still thinks happy thoughts about Lee even when he states, with seriousness, that Muni must hit its ... More >>
Off2riorobFlagged...Don't like the way the Castro's iconic rainbow flag is administered? Go get your own! That's the message from Steve Adams, the president of the Merchants of Upper Market and Castro (MUMC). It's his group that pays for the oft-replaced flags, insures them in the event of a cost ... More >>
Muni promises fewer truant tramsMuni will end its practice of surprising riders by curtailing service mid-route, according to a new report delivered to the Board of Supervisors. The practice, known in the industry as "short-turn," occurs in response to situations where light-rail trains bunch up ... More >>
Stay putA gas leak, reported around 1 p.m., has shut down much of the Castro District since, according to reports in SF Appeal. No injuries have been reported, but officials have ordered a "shelter-in-place."
Scott Wiener vents about Muni -- and it didn't have to do with a lack of leg roomTell us how you really feel, Scott Wiener. Caught in the middle of this afternoon's massive Muni delays triggered by a power outage at the train system's central control station, and late to a candidate interview at ... More >>
LensovetWill this bus head across the Bay Bridge, too?Complaining about Muni is more than a hobby for San Franciscans. It's a religion. But despite the system's massive budget and myriad problems, you could have it worse -- and almost always will. Take AC Transit (please). While Muni riders were ... More >>
Your transit system is terribly inefficient, extremely slow, and wildly expensive. Heres how you can fix it.
Things we were obsessing about on Dec. 15, 2004
James Robinson used to be a pimp. Now he's a transit union bigwig. And he's got higher ambitions.
Details, Details; Problem Is, It's Hard to Read in the Dark; PG&E Strikes Back
Streetcars that are too wide, long, and heavy (136 @ $3.5 million per). Bus engines that don't fit and are scrapped (20 @ $116,000 a pop). Manhole covers that take 10 engineers and three months to design (cost: $243,000). Muni's management has produced su
What's really wrong with Muni? For starters, one third of its employees don't show up to work, causing systemwide delays and costing the agency more that $20 million a year in overtime. First in a two-part special report
At Fresca, the joy of roast chicken, and the world in a tortilla
Reed Hearon's Rose Pistola captures the Italian essence of its bustling neighborhood
The Transport Workers Union contract with Muni is up for renewal, and TWU boss Larry Martin says that anybody who wants to roll back the union's cush work rules, lucrative salary structure, and handsome trust fund is a "racist" and can go to hell. Meet t