Muni Celebrates Its 100th Birthday With Free Rides

Courtesy of Muni
The poster is for sale, by the way
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, cash-strapped Muni is forgoing its need for, well, cash and doling out free rides to all passengers until 5 a.m. on Saturday.

That's kinda like losing your job and your home, then buying a round of drinks for everyone at the bar.

"The centennial year celebrates the nation's first publicly owned, land-based transit system, which is a testament to the forward thinking of all San Franciscans from 1912 to today," said Ed Reiskin, Muni's chief. "It's the people of San Francisco who make Muni what it is, so we want to thank them for a century of support by letting them ride Muni for free on this special occasion."

Of course someone has to pay for all those free rides, and that someone is Sunday drivers who will soon have to pay to park at city meters.

The kindness continues again on New Year's Eve, when Muni will ring in 2013 by giving all passengers -- drunk or not -- a free ride starting at 8 p.m. Here are the details for NYE:

  • Complimentary Muni service 8 p.m., Dec. 31 to 6 a.m., Jan. 1
  • Muni Metro service between West Portal and Embarcadero stations extended to 4 a.m. and until 2:15 a.m. to Fourth and King streets
  • Extra Owl service (1 a.m. to 5 a.m.): 5 Fulton, 14 Mission, 22 Fillmore, 24 Divisadero, 38 Geary, 90 and 91 Owl, and the L and N Owl bus routes. Service on the F Market historic streetcar line provided by buses after approximately 4 p.m.

So there you have it -- a chance to save a couple bucks while hoping you don't get hit -- literally -- by one of those Muni cars riding (freely) around town.





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KezarSoze
KezarSoze

@mikesonn @sfweekly taxi drivers?

peternocturnal
peternocturnal

@mikesonn @SFWeekly Guess who has been paying for all that free parking? Taxpayers, whether they use it or not.

mikesonn
mikesonn

@Drewcab415 seeing a dip in business today?

mikesonn
mikesonn

@peternocturnal shhh, @SFWeekly is working hard to move to the right of @sfexaminer on transportation.

KezarSoze
KezarSoze

@mikesonn it's slow as usual for this time of year. But don't worry Lyft & Sidecar are our there w/o insurance & not paying taxes

Dirty415
Dirty415

@Drewcab415 @RichmondDistRic @dirty415 Whats wrong with SF taxis, SFMTA, Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and the rest is too long a convo for Twitter.

KezarSoze
KezarSoze

@RichmondDistRic he always seemed like a nice guy but I don't know him outside of work

KezarSoze
KezarSoze

@RichmondDistRic @dirty415 yeah but I didn't know he was on twitter

KezarSoze
KezarSoze

@RichmondDistRic @mikesonn I agree that it's an unreasonable amount of time. Try using "taxi magic" to book an advance order next time.

KezarSoze
KezarSoze

@RichmondDistRic @mikesonn yes late to the yard. If I'm late I have to pay the next driver out of my pocket.

mikesonn
mikesonn

@RichmondDistRic @Drewcab415 Yeah, I can see that.

mikesonn
mikesonn

@Drewcab415 What do you mean "makes the driver late"? Late to what? @RichmondDistRic

KezarSoze
KezarSoze

@RichmondDistRic @mikesonn -cont- the driver late.

KezarSoze
KezarSoze

@RichmondDistRic @mikesonn if you're ever refused get the cab # & report it to 311. Only legit reason to refuse a fair is if it makes -cont-

RichmondDistRic
RichmondDistRic

@Drewcab415 @mikesonn shouldn't have to budget that kind of time. Half hour minimum is unacceptable

KezarSoze
KezarSoze

@mikesonn @richmonddistric I live in the sunset so I have similar issues but as long as you budget the time for it, it works out.

RichmondDistRic
RichmondDistRic

@mikesonn @Drewcab415 I've also been refused many rides due to my destination home

mikesonn
mikesonn

@RichmondDistRic Yeah, I'd hate to have to rely on a cab in the Richmond. @Drewcab415

RichmondDistRic
RichmondDistRic

@mikesonn @Drewcab415 takes half hour minimum to get a cab in my hood, meanwhile theres a line of yellow at every UnSq hotel and the airport

mikesonn
mikesonn

@RichmondDistRic @Drewcab415 This is true. I'm spoiled being in North Beach, never that hard to flag one down (except rainy fri/sat)

RichmondDistRic
RichmondDistRic

@mikesonn @Drewcab415 but complain all you like about how its slow, it still takes far too long to get a cab in most parts of this city

RichmondDistRic
RichmondDistRic

@mikesonn @Drewcab415 i'd never bother with uber, simply because its a ripoff. and lyft just feels creepy to me

mikesonn
mikesonn

@Drewcab415 exactly. #SF is a boutique city. there are no poor, minorities, and elderly here.

KezarSoze
KezarSoze

@mikesonn so are picking up the poor, minorities, & the elderly

mikesonn
mikesonn

@Drewcab415 taxes are for suckers

KezarSoze
KezarSoze

@mikesonn at least they have insurance but they don't pay any taxes to the city

mikesonn
mikesonn

@Drewcab415 Uber baby, uber!

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