San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee remembered as a dedicated transit advocate

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Mayor Ed Lee, center, on an unidentified Market Street Railway car.
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SAN FRANCISCO – Mayor Ed Lee, who unexpectedly died this week of a heart attack, is remembered as a passionate advocate for public transit in the Bay Area. Since 2011, he helped oversee the acquisition of new equipment at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, or MUNI, including a new light rail vehicle fleet. He was also a fan of the city’s historic trolley fleet, according to Market Street Railway President Rick Laubscher, who noted that during MUNI’s 2012 centennial celebration, Lee gladly took the controls of the city’s first streetcar.

“In transit jargon, the trip to the carbarn after completing the day’s runs is the pull-in. A man who helped revitalize San Francisco’s transit system has unexpectedly – and very sadly – finished his runs, way too soon,” Laubscher wrote on the nonprofit's website.

Lee was San Francisco’s first Asian-American mayor and served as the city’s leader for nearly seven years. He was 65 years old.

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