Muni, the first and oldest publicly owned transit system of any major U.S. city, is celebrating a milestone. Initially founded as a network of trolly lines, the railway, which would become San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, celebrated its 110th birthday today.
The City of San Francisco tweeted out well wishes this morning.
Congratulations to #MUNI for 110 years of service to our @sfgov residents and visitors 🎉 🚍— City of San Francisco (@sfgov) December 28, 2022
To learn about some of the history visit:https://t.co/ywT0IbYxf5
Images courtesy of SFMTA/Photos@SFMTA_Muni pic.twitter.com/INAeV9Kzbe
And SFMTA also put out a celebratory birthday video highlighting vintage photos of Muni’s various vehicles over the decades.
On Dec. 28, 1912, thousands of San Franciscans assembled on Geary Street to greet the People’s Railway, as Muni was then known. Now SFMTA averages some 300,000 boardings per weekday, operates dozens of bus routes, handles seven light rail lines and maintains the city’s iconic cable cars.
While Muni-loving members of the public took to social media to wish the agency a happy birthday, Muni was busy preparing a gift to riders. This coming New Year’s Eve, for the 23rd consecutive year, SFMTA will offer free rides from 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, to 5 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1, so San Franciscans don’t have to worry about driving during the holiday.
HeadsUp: On #NYE #SFMuni will offer free rides from 8 p.m. Saturday, December 31 to 5 a.m. Sunday, January 1.— SFMTA (@SFMTA_Muni) December 28, 2022
➡️Do not tag your @BayAreaClipper card. If you tag it, you will be charged.
➡️Do not activate a #MuniMobile ticket. Metro fare gates will be open. pic.twitter.com/EiKTtcqzpL
So feel free to leave both your car keys and your Clipper Card at home on Dec. 31. But be sure to say, “Happy Birthday!” to Muni next time you ride.
Christina Campodonico can be reached at [email protected]