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.


janinsanfran said...

You are so right about how great a Museum Marathon pass would be. I'd love to take a day away from my ordinary life ride the Culture Bus around town.

Ben Franks said...

It's nice to see things cultural. you have some excellent photos that make me want to return to San Francisco. The culture is different in the deserts of the Middle East.

DJ Choppercat said...

Very soon as I run errands to the courthouse while ridding myself of deadbeat roommate late paying rent of five months. Will need some culture after the sheriff's dept. escorts him out next month.

Whew. Thank you.

PS SF Rent Board mandates can really cheat a master tenant in san francisco.

Anonymous said...

That was some real bling jewelry that lady was wearing!!!