Thank you so much San Francisco corporate media hacks — who know little to nothing about San Francisco’s mass transit system — otherwise they wouldn’t consistently write about it from such a position of willful-ignorance. Most people don’t know what to call our system. It’s called Muni Metro. Personally, I tell people to “take the Metro” as in any other major city.
Mi amigo/My friend asked me about the possible reopening of San Francisco’s Metro, so I found an article about it. They closed the Metro when San Francisco went into lock-down at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The words Muni Metro were used in the article I read about the reopening, but I also found the usual obsession over the type of rail that the cars run on. WTF? Why is that important? Does anyone care about the type of rail? Yes, the corporate media writers seem absolutely obsessed about it.
Even though our Metro has been running for decades — it opened in the early 1980s — it seems that many people still don’t know what to call it because Muni (which stands for Municipal) — the agency that runs the Metro — never had the intelligence to put the word “Metro” on the front and side of the cars as is done in other cities. Instead Muni is on the side of the Metro cars.
So many San Franciscans sloppily refer to “take the Muni.” But that can mean many things: the Metro, or the electric buses, or the hybrid-electric buses or street cars. They are all part of “the Muni.” Also, Muni never had the intelligence to properly label our Metro stops at the entrance to the stations.
Even though the type of rail used for our Metro means nothing to the average person because we can’t even see the rail(s), it’s enormously important to the corporate media, in part, because they don’t know the name of the Metro system to begin with, since they probably never ride it. They drive around in their big tank black SUV for transportation.
I remember writing to one of the writers at the corporate media years ago about our Metro. He told me that our Metro was only called “Metro” when the cars are in the subway. WTF? What rubbish! I wonder what the system is called when the cars are half-way between subway and surface level? So I sent Mr Ignorant at the corporate media this map below to educate him, showing him that the entire rail system is called Metro, regardless of where the cars are in the system. That shut him up. But I see now that he was one of the writers for the article about our Metro that was going on and on about “light rail.” So now, he and the others are obsessed about the type of rail used in our system. I wonder why he never talks about the gauge? Or about the width of the track itself, or even the size of the wheel on the cars? Moron.
Even a spokesperson who works for Muni is obsessed with “rail” and “light rail.” Sigh. She wrote:
“The N Judah’s status as Muni Metro’s busiest
rail line made it a logical choice to be one of the first to return to the rehabilitated subway, said Erica Kato, a Muni spokeswoman.”
One wonders if she’s in the right job? I ask that because: Muni Metro is entirely a rail system. It’s nothing but that. So she didn’t need to say “busiest rail line.” All she had to say was “busiest line.” It’s a given that it’s a rail line. That’s what Muni Metro is. It’s entirely rail like other Metro systems worldwide. Doh. Saying “busiest rail line” implies that Muni Metro is something other than rail. It’s not.
She also wrote:
“We know many San Franciscans rely on our light rail service and we apologize for the inconvenience the continued closure of our rail system has caused…”
There she goes again! Hung up on “light rail” again. She couldn’t say “…rely on our Metro service.” She, too, had to write about the type of fucking rail. Who gives a fuck what type of fucking rail it is? What is wrong with these people? Has everyone gone insane?
Why doesn’t she drone on about the type of steel used in the “light rail” and the thickness, gauge and density and who manufactured it?!
What does the type of rail have to do with anything? Are passengers concerned with what type of rail they’re riding on?
I’ve never heard any Metro passenger ask another Metro passenger, “Excuse me, but can you tell me what type of rail this car is riding on? I’ve not been able to sleep for weeks because of my concern about whether it’s light rail, medium rail or heavy rail.” No, I’ve never heard that. Why? Because it’s not important.
And I’ve never heard anyone speak a word of concern about BART’s heavy rail. Because no one gives a fuck about the type of rail other than these insipid people in the corporate media and some insipid people at Muni who appear to be in the wrong job.
When I’ve walked by Muni employees on the sidewalk talking amongst themselves, I’ve heard them refer to “Muni Metro.” I’ve never heard a Muni employee drone on about “light rail.”
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) is the Bay Area’s subway system, but that is never written about as “heavy rail.”
So some of us fail to understand what the type of rail and the obsession with “light rail” has to do with anything. Since most people would be more interested in the cars that they’re riding on than what fucking type of rail the cars are riding on. Insanity.
Why not call it a 4-wheel car? Just like big rigs on the freeway are called 18-wheelers. We can say: Thank you for taking our 4-wheel cars on the “light rail.” But isn’t it easier to call the system “Metro” as they do in other cities worldwide? Are you really going to go look and analyse the rail? And if you do, do you even know what you’re looking at?
I suspect these corporate media idiots could be shown in detail the “light rail” and it would mean absolutely nothing to them. But they will continue to obsess over “light rail,” yet, as I said earlier, they never write about BART’s “heavy rail” or another system’s “medium-rail.”
I moved to San Francisco from the District of Columbia where they had/have the finest Metro in the US. Today, it’s an aging system but it’s still one of the best, if not still the best. I never heard anyone refer to the District’s Metro as “heavy rail.” The type of rail was never talked about and I’ve never seen it referred to as such in any article about DC’s Metro. Ever. Instead, the name of the system is used: Metro. And the word Metro was/is written on the exterior of all of the cars, so people learned very quickly what to call the system: Metro, as you can see here:
Then I moved to San Francisco and our Metro opened. It was built above BART along Market Street. And years later, many (if not most) people still don’t know what the fuck to call the system and the corporate media and some Muni employees are obsessed with the type of rail used. Why does “light rail” get all the attention rather than the word Metro, fuckers?
How do you expect to educate the public to use the word Metro when you don’t use it yourselves at every opportunity? Instead, you talk about the type of fucking rail used. Absolute Insanity.
I brought this naming issue up on a local corporate site years ago and someone completely missed the point and said, “the DC Metro and the San Francisco Metro are two different types of systems.” I asked: And what does that have to do with anything? We’re not talking about the types of system. The topic is the name of the system. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) run Metro and Metrobus but WMATA is not on the sides of the Metro cars or on the sides of the buses. Metro and Metrobus are. In San Francisco, the San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) — a rather outdated name frankly; sounds like something from the “wild west” — runs our buses and the Metro system. Rather than put Metrobus on the side of the buses and Metro on the Metro cars like in DC, Muni stuck “Muni” on the side of everything. And I suspect many people don’t even know what “Muni” stands for. Whereas Metro is the universal name used for subways pretty much worldwide. The same for Metrobus. The system in Los Ángeles has their system named correctly: Metro and Metrobus.
Our Metro will start to re-open in May 2021, if everything goes as planned, which is probably doubtful at this point considering the COVID variants mutating into something that these vaccines do not cover. Chau.—el barrio rosa