19 Jun Big changes for certain Muni Rail lines as the agency prepa…
Regular riders of several of Muni’s Metro rail lines will experience big changes in service come August.
Rail service will return after months of changes and reductions due to the shelter-in-place order, but some lines will no longer use the subway in order to reduce backups and delays. With those backups and delays come crowded platforms and increased time on packed trains, which can increase the risks of COVID-19.
Of the more major changes, the J Church will no longer enter the subway and will terminate at Market Street. This prioritizes the higher capacity routes — the N Judah, M Ocean View, T Third and S Shuttle — but the agency said there will be more frequent shuttle service on the line.
Due to ridership volumes, the K Ingleside and L Taraval lines will be combined, and will no longer enter the subway at West Portal Station. (When SFGATE ran the data on which line was late the most frequently, the KT Ingleside/Third was the worst.)
To accommodate those impacted who need to get downtown, there will be more frequent S Shuttles between West Portal and Embarcadero stations with two-car trains.
The M Oceanview will combine with the T Third to enable the use of two-car trains on both these lines.
Among other changes, Muni also announced the implementation of a mobile cleaning program that allows the cleaning of buses and trains in the field rather than only at bus and rail yards.
For further details on the changes, visit the full SFMTA post.
Tessa McLean is a digital editor with SFGATE. Email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter @mcleantessa.