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Muni update: Drivers feeling the squeeze
SF Public Press multimedia editor Monica Jensen met with Muni operator Emmanuel Andreas, who was featured in a story in the Public Press’ summer print edition, to discuss how Muni’s on-time performance goals affect drivers.
Andreas, 47, has been a Muni driver for 11 years. He said bus operators do more than sit behind the wheel but also serve as Muni “ambassadors,” which works well when they’re able to establish relationships with riders by driving routes consistently.
“We have to go through tests, different tests, blood tests, the different things for blood sugar level, diabetes, blood pressure. Once you’re diagnosed with these types of symptoms, then you be examined every year,” Andreas said. “Let's say your blood pressure doesn’t improve with medication, you can’t drive. You’re on disability.”
About the Author
Monica Jensen, the multimedia editor at SF Public Press, is also a volunteer at the “Crosscurrents” news program on KALW Public Radio. She has been documenting a collective art project titled “Welcome to the NeighborHood” in Bayview-Hunters Point. The project has been exhibited in the Sargent Johnson Gallery in the African American Arts and Culture Complex, and will be displayed at Zeum and Art 94124. Jensen is also the winner of an honorable mention from the National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism award.