Wed, Dec 12, 2012 -- 9:00 AM

Muni Turns 100

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Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Muni, San Francisco's transit agency, was launched 100 years ago this month. It was the first publicly owned transit system in a major city in the U.S. The inaugural line ran on Geary Street between downtown and 33rd Avenue. Now, Muni has about 700,000 daily boardings and runs 63 bus routes, seven light rail lines, a historic streetcar line and three cable car lines. Muni has been transporting -- and frustrating -- customers throughout the century. We discuss the history and current state of Muni.

Host: Michael Krasny


  • Ed Reiskin, director of transportation for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
  • Gerald Cauthen, recently part of, a citizens group that was fighting the central subway and coming up with ideas to improve Muni, and was formerly chief project manager of PUC's engineering projects, including Muni
  • Rick Laubscher, board chair and president of the Market Street Railway, a non-profit historic preservation partner of Muni

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