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Muni Sickout Especially Hard On SF’s Bayview Residents Who Already Feel Isolated

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A Muni T-Third light rail streetcar crosses over the Islais Creek Channel heading southbound San Francisco. (lensovet/Wikimedia Commons)

A Muni T-Third light rail streetcar crosses over the Islais Creek Channel heading southbound San Francisco. (lensovet/Wikimedia Commons)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— One of the neighborhoods hit hardest by this week’s sickout by Muni drivers is San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point. The economically distressed district is one of the most transit-dependant areas of the city.

Many residents have said they have no other way to get around. Yolanda Coe said she was waiting for the T-line along Third Street. She was already 30 minutes late.

“A lot of people don’t have cars,” she said, arguing that people in her neighborhood have to rely on public transportation.

Muni Sick-Out Especially Hard On SF’s Bayview Residents Who Already Feel Isolated

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Theresa Bell said she had to pay a friend $20 for a ride across town and that’s money she said she doesn’t have.

“[If] we can’t go to work on time, then we can’t pay our bills, then, you know, what can we do? It’s crazy,” she said.

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For two solid days—now into its third, The Bayview has become an island. The residents are quick to say that they feel isolated from their city already.

One man who lives in the neighborhood said he sympathized with the drivers, but that they’re also putting a city on hold.

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