Passengers try to keep to themselves

Lugging an Igloo of food, two backpacks and an iPod as she hopped onto the 14-Mission Muni line, Sabrina Jacobs said she has never felt unsafe riding the bus that cuts through the heart of the Mission district, just as long as she minds her own business.

And despite being told of the Thursday afternoon stabbing on a Muni bus at 16th and Mission streets that left one injured, many 14-Mission riders, of varying ages, shared the 34-year-old’s cautious sentiment. One avid passenger said he felt OK riding the bus morning, noon or night.

“It’s part of the culture,” said Jacobs, a broadcast major at San Francisco State University who lives at 18th and Mission streets. “I keep to myself and I don’t ride late. It’s about knowing the rules of the streets I guess.”

Daniel Rodriguez, sitting in the middle of an increasingly crowded bus Thursday afternoon, said he wasn’t worried about violence on the bus or on the bus stops.

A photo tech worker at Costco, the 25-year-old has taken the bus in the morning and afternoon for the last three years.

“Unless it’s late at night, I’m not worried,” said Rodriguez, who added that there should be more police patrolling the streets on foot. “I just mind my own business.”

Keeping to yourself is good advice, said one bus driver, who did not want to be named. A Muni driver for the last nine years, hesaid he hasn’t seen any violence on his buses in four years.

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