The Dao of Doug: The Art of Driving a Bus -or- Finding Zen in San Francisco Transit: A Bus Driver's Perspective

Morning Rush, The Ninth Level of Hell, and Packed Stacked and Racked are but a few of the chapters in this tome by Driver Doug, a 19 year veteran of the San Francisco Municipal Railway, or MUNI, for short. Step Up and Step In to a trolleybus in San Francisco and learn how to find your Zen in getting around the city! Thanks for reading, and thanks for riding mass transit in the City that Knows How! More

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About Douglas Meriwether

Douglas Griggs
Transit Operator at SFMTA


Transit Operator at SFMTA
December 1998 - Present (19 years 6 months)
Trolley operator, electric buses: Skoda ETI, articulated Skoda, and articulated North American Flyer trolley.
Expert operator and Line Trainer for new hires. 8 years Safe Driving Award.
Ambassador Training completed on 22 Fillmore Line.
Qualified on 1969 GM Motorcoach, 1976 Flyer Trolley, and 1956 Marmon-Herrington Trolleybus.

Author, "Finding Zen in San Francisco Transit" at Balboa Press
September 2016 - Present (2 months)
Re-created 206 page 55,000 word book with 12 illustrations, highlighting being a transit operator in San
Francisco as a new updated edition from first publication in January of 2013.

Voice over Talent at
2007 - Present (9 years)

Created audio voice overs for PSA's, telephone greeting message systems, radio ID's, character voices.
Extensive editing of Hourly seminars for non-profits and 12 step recovery programs.

Keeping Zen in San Francisco Transit: A Line Trainer's Guide
January 2015 to Present Members:Douglas Griggs

The Dao of Doug 2: The Art of Driving a Bus: Keeping Zen in San Francisco Transit: A Line Trainer's Guide. Balboa Press: 186 pages, copyright January 21, 2015 Continues exposition about issues in San Francisco Transit. Chapters include Island versus Curb stops on Market Street, reducing transfer cost, Scheduling and Range Sheets, Tips on passing air brake test and choosing a run. One key to a smooth ride: knowing that it is not a bus, but a person driving a bus.

Keeping Zen in San Francisco Transit
Members:Douglas Griggs, Jackie Cohen, John Jeffrey McGinnis, Mark Arellanes

Spanish Cantonese


Current Transit Operator and also Driver Guide and Tour Bus Endorsements, CA to present. Commended by several Mayors as driver guide during Conference of Mayors
Line Trainer Qualified, Over ten years safe driving, Expert Operator

Announcer, KBIA-FM - National Public Radio, Columbia, MO 1980 - 1985 Part-time positions hosting shows for the Curators of the University of Missouri. 100,000 watt NPR affiliate with the Journalism School at UMC
All Things Considered - NPR delayed broadcast with three segment format clock and two local pitches to local newsroom.
Last Radio Show - Late night jazz show. Programmed and selected music, timed airplay lengths, delivered weather an ad-libbed introductions.
Adventures in Good Music - with NPR host, Karl Haas, Accent on Music; World of Music - Segued and back-announced classical albums, announced weather, community billboards, PSA's, Pitched to newsroom live, on the hour with :30 and :60 dead-roll themed music beds.

Specialties: Commissioned Officer 1982 Officer Candidate School, Marine Corps Development and Education Command, Quantico, VA 1981 BA University of Missouri - Econ minor Dean's Honor Roll

Skills & Expertise

Public Speaking Public Relations Editing
Social Media Customer Service Budgets
Strategic Planning Training
Microsoft Word Event Planning Creative Writing Marketing Copywriting Teaching
Marketing Strategy Copy Editing
Event Management Fundraising Facebook Community Outreach Management
Photography Nonprofits
Social Media Marketing Social Networking Broadcast
Transit Operations Transportation


University of Missouri-Columbia
BA English, Econ English, 1979 - 1981 Grade: Dean's Honor Roll
Activities and Societies: Marching Mizzou
Washington University in St. Louis
Associate of Arts (A.A.), Concurrent with Broadcast Center, Clayton, MO, 1977 - 1979
Activities and Societies: Kappa Sigma Fraternity


mountain bike riding, photography, swimming, movie going, day hikes


Class B California Driver's License with Airbrake Endorsement and VTT
California Department of Motor Vehicles

The Dao of Doug 2: The Art of Driving a Bus -or- Keeping Zen in San Francisco Transit: A Line Trainer's Guide
Balboa Press January 21, 2015
Authors: Douglas Griggs
Book talks about what it takes to be a trolley operator in a large dense city. Book based upon 19 years of service as a transit electric bus operator for the SFMTA.

Volunteer Experience

Barista Bar Back at Castro Country Club
April 2015 - December 2015
I volunteer behind coffee bar counter to serve addicts and alcoholics attending 12 Step Meetings at this Alano Club. The Castro Country Club is designed primarily for the the Gay Community and is sponsored by the SF Aids Foundation. I also volunteer at Folsom Street Events so that this 501c 3 organization can receive funds to continue in service.

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