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Muni Ending Subway Service Early For Weeks

Carrie Hodousek
August 09, 2019 - 9:54 am

SAN FRANCISCO — Muni will shut down its night subway service early for about two weeks to after major malfunctions disrupted the system twice this year. 

In April, a tangled overhead wire froze service for nearly 10 hours, and a broken pipe in July flooded the Embarcadero station and even caused problems for the BART station below.

Subway service will stop at 9:30 p.m. through 1 a.m. each night starting Monday, Aug. 12 so crews can conduct maintenance overnight along a main Muni tunnel.

“This extended window is gonna give us the opportunity to do that complex work to improve the safety and reliability of the system,” said SFMTA spokeswoman Erica Kato. “It’ll cover overhead lines, tracks, signals and our automated train control system.”

Riders will be able to take shuttle buses during those night hours that make stops along the light rail routes. 

“People will still be able to get to where they’re trying to go,” said Kato, although service may be slower than usual and riders should plan for extra travel time.

SFMTA does not expect the shutdown to impact the system’s overnight Owl service which runs from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m., and normal service will resume each morning.

The work should take about two weeks to complete.

SFMTA Transit Service Plan:

  • Shuttle buses will serve all Muni Metro stops between Embarcadero/Brannan and St. Francis Circle
  • K/M – Train service between Balboa Park and St. Francis Circle
  • L – Buses will run between Embarcadero/Brannan and Zoo. No L trains running.
  • N – Train service between Ocean Beach and Church/Duboce (Inbound N trains become outbound J trains at Church/Duboce)
  • J – Train service between Balboa Park and Church/Duboce (Inbound J trains become outbound N trains at Church/Duboce)
  • T – Train service between Sunnydale and Embarcadero/Brannan

Inbound N Judah and outbound J Church trains will use the accessible stop entering the Duboce Portal to serve customers needing the ramp.

Written by Jessica Yi.