There's two kinds of people in San Francisco. Those who choose to use MUNI and those who refuse to give it a chance. As for me, I have a personal love/hate relationship with MUNI, but I am well versed when it comes to the transit map.
Choosing to use a form of public transit improves air quality, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and saves energy for metropolitan areas like San Francisco. Many employers in the city even provide commuter benefits to their employees!
Beyond the eco-consicous commuting efforts, every day is an adventure to say the least ...and the stories sure come with it! Despite rush hour crowds, and other parts of the experience that may commonly bog you down, believe me, there are ways to make the most of your ride.
HOW TO HAVE A HAPPY MUNI COMMUTE
ALWAYS CARRY BACKUP HEADPHONES
Have you every left your headphones at home? Aren't those days the worst?! This backup pair should be headphones you have laying at home, or if you must purchase some, don't find the need to splurge on it.
Speaking of back up, it's also important to have an offline playlist ready just in case the tunnel blocks reception.
REMEMBER THAT BOOK YOU ABSOLUTELY NEEDED TO BUY?
This is a luxury! You can't do this if you drive to work...safely at least. Remember that book you picked up and never read? Here is your chance to finally finish (or start) reading it!
PODCASTS ARE A BOSS BABE'S MUNI BFF!
This is my secret to any self-led learning! One of the things people ask me often is how I have the time to learn about social media, blogging and business entrepreneurship while working a full-time job. Well, this is my secret. Make the most of time you can't take back on your commute. Use it fill your mind with positive beneficial things that help you grow, not towards pondering random thoughts.
RELAX, DON'T MIND THE LITTLE THINGS
Don't take it so seriously! The last thing anyone in a crowded MUNI train wants to deal with, is a grumpy person spreading grumpiness to everyone around them, especially with minimal personal space. Being a grouch will not make yourself or the passengers around you any happier. Don't let the small things tick you off. Take it easy and flow with the ride. Eventually, everyone gets off at West Portal or Powell station anyways.