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What You Should Know About Your Bus Driver

A driver’s-eye-view of what it’s like behind the wheel of a city bus, from a San Francisco Muni bus driver.
Threading a 40-foot-long Muni bus through the streets of San Francisco is not for the faint of heart. Or an introvert.
Threading a 40-foot-long Muni bus through the streets of San Francisco is not for the faint of heart. Or an introvert.Madison McVeigh/CityLab. Photo courtesy Patrick Lambelet

On my first day in the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s bus driver training program, I had experiences so intimidating, I wanted to run away.

The one I most vividly remember was an exercise in which I was supposed to make a tight right turn around a stanchion, bringing my back tire within twelve inches of the object without touching it.