Politicians accept challenge to ride Muni for 22 days


San Francisco public transit advocates have issued a challenge to city officials to ride Muni for 22 days starting June 1.

The San Francisco Transit Riders Union, a nonprofit organization that is working toward improving Muni, issued the challenge to Mayor Ed Lee and the Board of Supervisors so that city officials could experience what riders go through everyday on Muni.

Each of the 22 days represents each year since voters passed Proposition AA in 1993 which stated that the mayor, members of the board of supervisors and other city officials, to ride Muni at least two workdays per week, said Thea Selby, chair of the transit riders union:

“Twenty-two years later this policy agreement has never been enacted upon until now.”

The group is asking for city officials to tweet their Muni adventures on Twitter with the hashtag #OnBoardSF. Photos optional. They also want city officials who did not take Muni that day to explain why.

Supervisors Scott Wiener, Jane Kim, John Avalos, David Campos, Julie Christensen and Eric Mar publicly announced they will take the 22-day Muni challenge during the board’s meeting on Tuesday.

Wiener said the challenge should not be hard for him since he rides Muni daily. He said he also wants to ride other Muni lines he has not been on yet:

“I’m going to try to identify a few other ones so I can see what it’s like for the lines I haven’t rode. I’m lucky that I live in the Castro when we have really strong transit access. It’s important to try some of the lines that are a little bit more challenging.”

Avalos said he just hopes his train does not turn back while taking the 22-day challenge:

“I will pray when I take the J-Church that I won’t be switched back on.”

Supervisor London Breed has already posted a photo on her Twitter account riding the 9-San Bruno:

Still no word yet on whether Mayor Lee will accept the challenge.

Jerold Chinn
Jerold Chinn is the San Francisco Bureau Chief of SFBay and covers transportation and City Hall. He has spent a decade covering transportation in San Francisco. Jerold is a San Francisco native and frequently takes public transit everywhere he goes. Follow Jerold on Twitter @jerold_chinn. Email tips to

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