All images courtesy of the creator, Elliott Spelman.
Trekking through San Francisco sans driver is not an easy task to undertake. Muni service is shoddy, BART has constant track damage delaying trains, and everything pretty much stops running around midnight. For a city brimming with self-made wealth, it has disturbingly awful public transit options.
That being said, the basis for a good metro system is there. It just hasn’t progressed fast enough to service the outer reaches of the city.
The Chinatown project is underway, and the SFMTA seems to be gradually more willing to listen to the input of its own city’s inhabitants, but overall, we’re still dreaming and wishing of a better Muni map to one day be a reality.
That wish won’t come true today (or for a long time), but in the meantime, we throw around what-ifs for all the magical things Muni could be.
Elliott Spelman, a copywriter in the Bay Area, took some time to jot some of those ideas down, and created a map that cleanly illustrates the way Muni could (and should) be.
In Spelman’s map, the Yellow line spans from Land’s End (a big pro for hikers) through the Richmond, all the way to Chinatown and south to the ball park, Portrero (by Bottom of the Hill!), down to the Bayview and Candlestick.
The circular Orange line crossed the Embarcadero and hits several high-traffic SoMa locales, the Castro, Divisadero, and the Marina (a difficult area to get to, at times).
Another excellent addition here is the Blue line, which runs from North Beach to Union, Polk, Divis, the Upper Haight and Inner Sunset all the way to the Breakers.
They might as well call this one the Faded Express, because could there be any more bars along that route? (Nope.)
Obviously, it’s all just a pipe dream, but at least it’s a sweet one.