Saturday, September 27, 2008
A bizarre new Muni bus line started up last Saturday complete with its own design, colors, logo and name, "CultureBus." It even has its own website which you can get to by clicking here.
There were only three passengers on the bus when it paused in front of the Asian Art Museum in Civic Center, which is the center stop of its yo-yo route. The bus travels at twenty minute intervals from about 9 to 5 daily between the Museum of Modern Art and the Music Concourse in Golden Gate Park, with stops in Union Square and Civic Center. It costs $7 for the whole day, $3 if you already have a Fast Pass.
If the powers-that-be were smart, they would come up with a day pass for ALL the museums that are serviced by this new route with different pricing for tourists and San Francisco residents who already have Fast Passes. However, nobody seems to have thought that far ahead. Tourists can buy a City Pass for $59 (click here) which includes some but not all of the museums, but it doesn't include the CultureBus ticket which seems silly.
Residents, who already pay taxes for the upkeep of all these institutions, should also be able to get some kind of a one-day Museum Marathon package. Playing tourist in one's own town, particularly San Francisco, can be a real pleasure, and if the bus drivers are even remotely as charming as Fred (above), it would be a great deal for everyone.