Paul Rose

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    December 4, 2013
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    September 6, 2013

    Muni Accident Becomes Gentrification Allegory

    Here's your daily allegory for the tech takeover of San Francisco: On Thursday evening a charter bus rear-ended the F trolley on Market and New Montgomery Streets, causing moderate damage to the historic street car and several passenger injuries. One trolley rider was transported to San Francisco ... More >>

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    June 26, 2013
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    May 21, 2013

    Muni Plans to Keep "Israeli Apartheid" Ad Money After Surrendering "Jihad" Ad Funds

    To date, Muni has opted to surrender $15,780 from four different runs of inflammatory ads demonizing Muslims. Now Supervisor Scott Wiener, working with the Jewish Community Relations Council has asked the transit agency to do the same with $5,030 it pocketed after accepting bus ads labeling Israel a ... More >>

  • News

    April 17, 2013
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    April 4, 2013

    Muni Driver Hits Other Muni Driver With Bus

    Even Muni drivers are victim's of Muni. Early this morning a bus operator was hit by bus when a maintenance worker was moving the bus inside the yard at 22nd and Indiana streets. Paul Rose, spokesman for Muni, tells us that the operator was taken to a local hospital where she was treated for inj ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2013

    Muni's "Garbage Bag Bus" Breaks Down

    Last year, the sad plight of bus No. 5427 served to illustrate Muni's disturbing approach to systemwide maintenance. Former driver Dorian Maxwell swore that the high voltage wires atop the bus were insulated in garbage bags -- and had been for at least 15 months. "They are still on there now," he sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    Seven Hospitalized After Cable Car Accident

    Muni officials confirmed that a group of cable car passengers are being treated at the hospital after a trolley accident this morning near Fisherman's Wharf. The accident happened about 10:18 a.m. at Washington and Powell streets when the cable car made a sudden stop, injuring seven people includi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    World Series: Muni Bus Torched by Revelers Is "Totaled"

    Sadly, the only thing hotter than the San Francisco Giants of late is a Muni 8X bus lit ablaze by rioting revelers late Monday morning. While SF Weekly was yesterday told the fire was started by a passenger, today Muni spokesman Paul Rose said that roaming bands of rioters waylaid the bus at Third a ... More >>

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    October 29, 2012

    World Series: Excited Muni Passenger Sets Bus on Fire

    Here's a Muni rider who truly feels white-hot hatred toward the city's transit system.Amid all the fiery World Series celebrations that took place last night/early this morning, a passionate bus rider decided to show his or her Giants pride by setting a Muni bus on fire. Nobody was injured, except f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Muni Runs Pro-Israel Ad on Buses, Calling Palestinians "Savages"

    We're not sure when the Israel vs. Palestine conflict became a nonpolitical issue, but apparently, to Muni it is. The transit agency, which has a policy against running political ads, is running this very political ad on its buses for the next four weeks: So if that's not political what is? A shirtl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Car Gets Sandwiched Between Muni Vehicles; Three Hurt

    Three people were hurt this afternoon in a chain-reaction collision involving two Muni vehicles and a car in the city's Financial District.According to Paul Rose, spokesman for Muni, about 12:15 p.m., a streetcar was traveling at First and Market streets when the operator hit a car in front of the s ... More >>

  • News

    July 4, 2012
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    July 2, 2012

    Central Subway: House Votes to Block Funding. Delays Could Cost Muni Millions

    For years, proponents of the Central Subway have portrayed the eventual approval and construction of the 1.7-mile, $1.6 billion rail line as a done deal. It certainly didn't feel that way on Friday. An amendment authored by Rep. Tom McClintock that would block further funding for the San Francisco p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Pier 29 Blaze Contained, Traffic Backed Up Along the Embarcadero

    (Update 4:35 p.m) America's Cup officials released a statement saying they do not anticipate this fire hindering plans for the big race. "We look forward to moving ahead with the future construction of the America's Cup Village at Pier 27/29," the statement read. (Update 4:02 p.m.): Supervisor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    Ironically, Muni Train Breaks Down Same Day It Reopens for Service

    And we had high hopes for a change.The maiden voyage of the freshly reopened N-Judah earlier this morning didn't go as smoothly as passengers (and Muni officials) would have liked. In fact, some Sunset residents on the repaired N-Judah today were probably wishing for those shuttles of yesterweek.&nb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Signal To Noise: Five New Tracks You'll Be Hearing on San Francisco Dancefloors

    Twenty-twelve has been a good year for dance music so far. It's only March, and San Francisco's club scene has been moved by a variety of new sounds coming from all over the world. This week we're taking a look at some of the finest new releases of the past couple weeks. Here are five cuts that we t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Muni Service Back on Track

    ​There's no better way to start the weekend than a smooth commute into work. Muni is reporting that all trains are running on time after yesterday's damage to overhead wires forced several lines to come to a screeching halt.Paul Rose, spokesman for Muni, tells us that crews worked through the nigh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2012

    Muni Trains Come to a Halt Just in Time for the Evening Commute

    If only it were that simple ​Muni is warning some commuters to find another route home tonight after a a car pulled down the overhead wires, forcing three lines to go out of service. According to Paul Rose, spokesman for Muni, the K, L, and M lines between West Portal and the Church Street station ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Muni Lines Shut Down After Driver Joyrides SUV Through Tunnel

    SUV's aren't suited for everything ​Update (11:50 a.m.): Officer Albie Esparza tells us they arrested the driver on suspicion of drunk driving. Original story (7:50 a.m.): Don't count on Muni to get anywhere this morning. The entire underground system has been shut down after an SUV drove into a M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Scott Mitchell, Man Who Drove Through Muni Tunnel, Accused of Being Drunk

    ​Police arrested 40-year-old Scott Mitchell on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after he got his SUV stuck in the Muni tunnel just in time for the the morning commute to start. Officer Albie Esparza couldn't explain why Mitchell drove into the underground tunnel at Church and Duboce, but he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Muni Line Shut Down After Train and Police Vehicle Collide, Four Injured

    ​Update (8:30 a.m.) Muni Spokesman Paul Rose tells us that Muni service is up and running again, just in time for your commute. Original story (8 a.m.): The Third Street-T Line is out of service this morning after a police vehicle and a Muni operator collided in the Dogpatch neighborhood, accordin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2011

    Muni Collides with Yet Another Vehicle Today

    ​We've all had bad mornings, but Muni is having a particularly off day. The transit service is ending 2011 with back-to-back collisions, both of which involve a Muni streetcar colliding with vehicles. Just a few short hours after Muni cleared an accident on the Third Street T line, where a police ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2011

    SF Nightclub Mighty Mobilizes 800 Supporters to Keep Its Parking Spaces

    Flickr/Dennis​Patrons and staff at Mighty breathed a small sigh of relief yesterday as the San Francisco nightclub (which doubles as a venue for corporate events during the day) at least temporarily eluded the threat of losing hundreds of public parking spots on Utah and San Bruno streets -- s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Manuel Tomaneng Identified as Man Killed by Muni Bus

    Man hit by bus ​Medical authorities identified the man who was hit by a Muni bus yesterday afternoon as 71-year-old Manuel Tomaneng. Tomaneng was reportedly on his way to work at about 12:19 p.m. when he crossed in front of the 14-L bus as it was pulling away from the bus zone at Fifth and Mission ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Woman Hit by Muni Bus Has Critical Head Injury

    Pedestrian hit ​A 19-year-old woman suffered a serious head injury after she was struck by a Muni bus yesterday evening. Police say the woman was walking at about 5:30 p.m. near 19th Avenue and Junipero Serra Boulevard when she was hit by a M-line bus. She was taken to San Francisco General Hospit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Republicans Threaten San Francisco Pedestrian and Bike Projects

    ​It's not news that America has a lot of problems, foremost among them cyclists and pedestrians being coddled too much by the government.Or at least that seems to be the view of our Tea Partying lawmakers who are trying to gut federal spending for road improvements for pedestrians and cyclists-- e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2011

    Muni Masturbation Grinds On

    krossbow via FlickrIt's taking over Muni ​Will the whacking off ever stop? In recent weeks, the usually sex-positive SF Weekly has taken a rather puritanical stance on public masturbation, at least when the self-pleasuring comes on Muni (pun intended, very much intended). We wrote a screed ag ... More >>

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    August 16, 2011

    Muni Masturbation: It's Not Just Us

    Masturbate-a-ton on wheels. ​It's now been three weeks since my awful experience on Muni, as the 8X turned into the 8XXX, a public pleasure palladium on wheels for the man in the backseat who sat there openly masturbating. Gross!The story prompted readers' to share their disturbing tales ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Nat Ford's Goodbye Lunch

    Appetizers! Nat Ford! Willie Brown! Who could ask for anything more? ​Staffers asked to kick down $20 to fund goodbye party of city's highest-paid employeeAs you tuck into your lunches today, be sure to raise a glass to Nat Ford. The did-he-quit-was-he-fired CEO of the Municipal Transportation Age ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    How Often Are Bikes Stolen from Muni Buses?

    Watch your bike​The common practice of stealing bikes never makes headlines. Yet today, we came across a post on Muni Diaries, a local transit blog, that details a type of bike theft that hadn't really been on our radar: stealing the two-wheelers from the bus. The author gives us a basic narrative ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Muni Door Opens While Train Is Moving -- Again

    Let's hope the door is shut​We could never forget the recent incident (captured on video) where a door flew open as a fast-moving Muni train blew through an underground tunnel. It would be reasonable to think -- or at least hope -- that such malfunction was nothing more than a freak accident. But ... More >>

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    April 12, 2011

    Another Muni Driver Fired?

    Were they booted from the bus?​Last week, we were shocked to learn that Muni was in the process of doing something it never does -- firing a driver. In this case, the operator was busted for texting while driving a busload of passengers down Divisadero. The driver was caught on video but Muni offi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    More Delays on Muni: Day 2

    Trains that don't go​Based on Muni's transit schedule, it will be a looong work week. After yesterday's mystery delays, San Francisco can expect another nightmarish commute on public transit today. This morning, Muni announced on a loudspeaker that both inbound and outbound trains are running late ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    Muni Promises an Evening Commute Free of Delays

    New look, old technology​If you are checking back to see what Muni has in store for the evening commute, officials tell us not to fret -- the train ride home will run like butter. "We running a normal schedule now and the afternoon commute should be a lot faster and a lot less crowded," said Paul ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    Muni Derails; Commute Will Be Slow Today

    A slow and crowded ride​You might want to find another way to get to work this morning. A Muni train derailed at the Castro Station, causing a series of delays that will make for a nightmarish commute around San Francisco today. MTA Spokesman Paul Rose tells reporters today that  "It's going ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Muni Delays Again, Fourth Street Bridge Not Working

    Crappy bridge​For the second time in a week, the Fourth Street bridge malfunctioned, causing Muni delays Monday afternoon. Fortunately, for passengers (and Muni operators who were the target of angry riders last week), the bridge failure occurred during nonpeak commute hours, minimizing the number ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    Stranded Muni Riders Throw Rocks at Buses

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Unless you really need to get home. ​Muni passengers revolted against the transit agency hurling rocks -- and curses -- at drivers who left them stranded for hours. At about 3:20 p.m. on Thursday, the Fourth Street Bridge across Mission Creek, a draw ... More >>

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    January 7, 2011

    San Francycle: City Responds to Bike Coalition's 2011 Hopes/Dreams

    ​ Last week, we spoke to the SF Bike Coalition's Renée Rivera about her plans and predictions for 2011. We asked her what New Year's resolutions she hopes the city has. "Commit to completing all of the bike plan projects in 2011," she said. So we put it to SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose. Can it b ... More >>

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    December 28, 2010

    Cable Cars Conk Out Early. Will You Pay More?

    It just ain't the same on a bus​It just ain't the same on a bus​The California cable car line was scheduled to go out of service for six months come Jan. 3 -- and beat the holiday rush by conking out on Christmas Day. Happy holidays, indeed. It turns out that the eponymous cable was severed -- w ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    How Can San Francisco Spend $829K on Two Kiosks? Here's How.

    SFMTAIt's nice. But is it $415,000 worth of nice?​The other day, Muni announced it would build a pair of avant-garde new kiosks to hawk Clipper cards and transit passes. Almost as an afterthought, the price of these two booths was mentioned late in news articles: $829,000. For those of you who nev ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    Muni's 11-Year-Old Computers Conk Out, Riders Delayed

    Not that old. But old. ​At Muni, computer techs can still party like it's 1999 -- because that's the vintage of the computers running the system. At 6 a.m. this morning, the central computers developed a signal problem on the K-T, M, and N lines, forcing the trains into manual mode while in the Me ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Muni Beefs Up Service For Giants NLCS Game

    Dirty Harry and the cops motor past the present-day site of AT&T Park​Aficionados of Dirty Harry movies can gleefully point to spots near AT&T Park as the climax of the motorcycle-vs. tremendous blue car chase scene in Magnum Force. But the completion of Pacific Bell Park in 2000 changed e ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    Scott Wiener: Muni 'Beyond Incompetent'

    Scott Wiener vents about Muni -- and it didn't have to do with a lack of leg room​Tell 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 >>

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    October 1, 2010

    Muni Drops 25-Cent Clipper Card Fee -- Could Cost System $1 Million

    What are you doing, Dave? ​When SF Weekly earlier asked Muni why users of its new temporary Clipper cards were assessed a 25-cent surcharge -- which looked an awful lot like a gouge on tourists and the indigent -- we were told it was just a cost-recovery method for the pricey cards. Muni has now o ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    Muni Subway Delays -- Happy Monday!

    It's not rapid, but it's still transit​A snafu requiring all Muni trains to remain in manual mode in the Metro tunnel is leading to long delays -- and perhaps a few frayed nerves. A signal cable between Montgomery and Civic Center stations was severed -- Muni is unsure how, but "likely something h ... More >>

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    September 20, 2010

    Muni's Expensive New Fare Gates Easily Eluded: Call it 'GateGate'

    Michael Rhodes, SF StreetsblogYou needn't be Houdini nor Capone to elude this fare gate​By now, everyone and his fare-evading Uncle Phil knows that Muni's brand-spanking-new, $30 million Metro station gates can be evaded with a wave of the hand. Please allow us to be the first to christen this "Ga ... More >>

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    September 14, 2010

    No Muni 'Sickout' -- Yet

    No sickout here...​If Muni drivers do hope to pull off a "sickout," it's gotten off to an anemic start. While an anonymous, all-caps flier urged drivers to call in sick en masse from yesterday to Sept. 17, that hasn't happened -- yet. Per the flier, "ALL TRANSIT OPERATORS WILL CALL IN SICK ON SEPT ... More >>

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    August 27, 2010

    Pot Ads on Muni? They're Already on BART -- So Why Not?

    Coming to a Muni bus near you?​SF Weekly's Chris Roberts yesterday reported that a local medical marijuana delivery service impresario has gotten his ads cleared to run on Muni vehicles. Not so fast, says Muni spokesman Paul Rose. Yes, Kevin Reed of the Green Cross has approached Titan Outdoor, wh ... More >>

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