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Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown’s love affair with the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency is clearly at an end, after an up-and-down romance that’s spanned decades. What’s replaced Muni in the mayor/lobbyist/Chron columnist’s heart? Driverless cars.
It’s been a long time since then-mayor Brown raced an Muni Metro down Market Street, at the conclusion of the 12-day-long Muni Meltdown of 1998. Back then, problems with the light rail system’s new automated control system led to what the SF Chronicle described as “the biggest fiasco in the railway’s history…[that] approached low comedy,” with “trips that were supposed to take 34 minutes took two hours, and thousands of patrons in the Muni Metro subway gave up on the trains and walked.” Though Brown and then-Muni-director Emilio Cruz vowed that things would improve, the Chron concluded that “though the train control system has been performing better, Muni…
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