1 S Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: Civic Center/Tenderloin
Category: Transportation, Ground Transportation
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I'm not for muzzling dogs but do like that you can bring your dog on the bus. Unfortnately, lots of people are afraid of dogs and don't like them. I guess one reason for the muzzle--if someone steps on their tail -- it can't bite the person.
4 stars because they allow animals. period.
But, minus a star because of the restrictions, particularly the time restrictions...
As with most muni things, taking your dog on the muni depends on which bus you are on/who your driver is!
To be safest, follow rules exactly and no one will look at you different...
But, sometimes you don't have to muzzle, sometimes you don't have to pay an extra fare, sometimes they will let you on during hours that are technically "off-limits"...
Also, if your dog is a purse dog, you probably won't be required to leash it or muzzle it, while if it is a pitbull, you will be expected to muzzle and leash it. Different standards. Call it related to space/concern for safety/whatever...
I've also seen an iquana on the bus, seen a snake, and brought lots of cats/kittens in carriers (never had to pay to bring foster cats on the bus in their carriers)...animals all seemed pretty happy riding muni...
And then muni has other problems with being late or inconvenient, but it's the best we've got, so...4 stars!
Im not to happy about the whole muzzles on a dog policy. I mean I guess for safetly but really? I dont think I want my baby riding on muni.
I feel like Audrey should get to ride for a senior fare as she's getting older. But it's the full $2.00 for her. :)
She's been on muni a lot and while I find it pretty convenient she hates the muzzle so her review wouldn't be as high. I've worked at a lot of dog friendly places over the years so I like to bring her to work, but the restricted hours make that almost impossible unless I explain going to work after 9am, and staying until 7pm. Not that you'd want mutts on muni then anyway, that's a tail stepping accident waiting to happen.
Offical Policy from sfmta.com is:
* At any time of day, trained service animals for the disabled may ride Muni at no charge. -- 49 Code of Federal Regulations § 37.167(d)
* A service animal must be leashed and under its owner’s control but does not have to be muzzled.
* Non-service animals may not ride weekdays 5-9 a.m. and 3-7 p.m..
* During the permitted hours, a muzzled and leashed pet dog (one per vehicle) may be allowed.
* All other pets and non-service animals must be carried in small closed containers.
* A fare equal to the owner’s must be paid for each non-service animal
Minus one bone because muni is perpetually late and Audrey and I prefer to be prompt.
Muzzles are the official policy but where else can you take pooch with you on public transit (hint; Europe). Great service for the money with few hassles. Male sure your dog doesn't suffer motion sickness. Other than that, it takes too long to get anywhere so minus 1 bone there.
Usually my experience taking Captain on the Muni is fine, and I think it's great that dogs are allowed on buses & trains here since in many other cities they aren't. Most of the time no-one asks me to put a muzzle on him; more often then not people are really happy to see a dog on the train. I haven't been asked to pay for the dog ever, either.
Word of caution, though- it is a much more enjoyable experience if you use Muni with your dog at off-peak hours, when buses and trains are not crowded. (Actually, you may not even be allowed to take them on at rush hour- not sure about that). Either way, avoid peak times, make sure your pup can sit nicely and doesn't need a potty break, and you should be A-OK.
I've taken my dog on Muni a few times and the experience varies each time. The first time I didn't have a mussel and the driver didn't seem to care. The next time I was told if I didn't have a mussel we wouldn't be able to ride the bus. I would advise all dog owners who want to ride Muni at least have a mussel with them so if the drivers asks you can put it on your dog just for the ride.
Other than the mussel issue the Muni is a graet way to get around San Francisco. The buses tend to get packed during the morning and evening commute hours and Muni smartly does not allow companion dogs during that time.
Just raised the fee from $1.50 to $2.00 for adults. The dog fee is the same amount you have to pay for yourself. So if you're a senior, the dog fee is the senior rate, student, student rate and so on.
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