Seven-hundred-thousand people can now breathe easier.
All thanks to the police officers riding the bus.
Muni's daily commuters are now dealing with less crime, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, which reports a 30 percent dip in crime on the city's buses and trains.
Reported crimes on Muni vehicles decreased from 284 in October to 201 last month, the newspaper reported. And incidents of cell-phone thefts have tumbled, from 109 a year ago to 25 in March.
Why have criminals abandoned transit? Thanks to a $1 million grant from the federal government, more police officers began riding the bus in the fall, the newspaper reported.
They'll keep riding for at least a few more months, when the grant funding runs out. In the meantime, Muni officials are reminding passengers to stow their cell phones.