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Muni's 'long shutdown': What you need to know


MUNI buses 03If you’re like us, you have from time to time, tried to avail yourself of public transportation only to feel like you’re waiting for Godot. And if you’re like us, you’ve realized several hours and a few blood pressure points later that all those signs slapped all over your neighborhood for the last month have been warning you of some impending route change.

We are here to tell you that (temporary) changes are coming to Muni. And like Godzilla, they won’t be stopped. The transit agency is planning to shutdown or disrupt service on several routes for eleven days beginning later this month.

We’ve rounded up some of the most pertinent information below. Consider yourself warned.

Why is this happening to me?

The construction work is part of Muni's Church and Duboce Track and Street Improvement Project and the Carl Street Rail Replacement project.

Muni says the shutdown will run from May 25 at 7 p.m. to June 4 at 5 a.m.

What routes are affected?

The N Judah will be completely shut down. There will be a substitute bus provided, whose service will vary weekday and weekends.

Nx service will stay the same.

The J Church will only run between Balboa Park and Market and Church Streets. You can transfer at Church/Market between regular J service on the street and the K, L, M and T underground lines between the Church Street station and the Embarcadero station.

The 22 Fillmore trolley will be rerouted around Church and Duboce Streets for the duration of the construction work. In addition, there will be a detour on the line between Fillmore and McAllister to 16th and Mission streets from Tuesday through Friday, from 5 a.m. to 1 a.m. The line will skip stops on Church between Hermann and Market streets, but most of those passengers will be served by a shuttle bus. Trying to reach Muni Metro? Stay on the 22 detour and transfer at the Castro Station.

The N-Owl will run between Ocean Beach to Caltrain at 4th and King with a detour on Frederick Street instead of Carl, and a detour around Church and Duboce.

There will be minor reroutes of the 37 Corbett and 43 Masonic.

What else about this is going to make me cranky?

The SFMTA is warning that there will be construction crews and equipment “on site working around the clock.” There will also be a lot of noise and dust.

There will be bike lane and street closures as well as parking restrictions. Traffic control officers, police officers, and electronic signs will be in place to help mitigate traffic snarls.

What should I do?

While SFMTA director Ed Reiskin told the Bay City News Service that officials were trying to make the shutdown “as painless as possible,” Muni is urging riders to plan ahead and consider walking or biking as an alternative.

The SFMTA will be posting updates here, and you can also follow them on Twitter.

Comments, questions, complaints? Go here.

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