Muni Reminds You Not to Rely on Public Transit Starting This Weekend

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Just when you thought Muni couldn't get any more unreliable, the transit agency reminded us that a portion of the city's rail system won't just be delayed on Friday, it's going to be completely shut down to all passengers.

Muni is closing some rail lines for 10 days while crews do repairs that will purportedly make us all much happier in the end. Specifically, the N-Judah Line will be closed, the J-Church Line will be partially shutdown, and the 22-Fillmore, 37-Corbett, 43-Masonic, and N-Owl routes will be rerouted. This transit fiasco starts on Friday at 7 p.m. and lasts until 5 a.m. on June 4.

So what are you car-less folks to do in the absence of (un)reliable transit? Exercise your self, of course.
Muni is asking all of its riders who are probably going to be counting on those rail lines to consider biking or walking to destinations along the N-Judah and J-Church lines during this frustrating time. "There will be disruption, but we are endeavoring to make it as painless as possible," said Muni Chief Ed Reiskin.

"We're asking everyone who can to bike, walk, or even work from home to ensure space on the Muni shuttles for those who cannot," he said. 

Muni tried its best to minimize the agony by coordinating construction dates between both the Church and Duboce and Carl Street projects so that residents and businesses will only be affected for four working days.

This isn't necessarily a bad thing -- maybe you will realize how much faster you can get to work if you pedaled your own way there. 

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Allan McMillan
Allan McMillan

It's a question of timing, or more accurately the idiots running the MTA. Why do this work on Memorial Day with all the associated people attending ship tours, etc. Then you add on the Golden Gate Bridge celebration, SF Carnaval, and so on.

"Don't drive your car-use public transportation" then they shut down a major line and divert a number of others just to add to the gridlock and confusion. The fun never starts with the MTA.

Forgotten
Forgotten

what about us, the working people, who depend on Muni to take our parents or kids to the doctors, to our part time job,  and our kids to school.   

Facepalm
Facepalm

What? Would you prefer they never do the work? That they tried to stretch it out over years or something? What the eff is your point?

Akit
Akit

It's better to do a little inconvenience now than a random shut-down when things fall apart.

njudah
njudah

The SFMTA is doing the right thing - by lumping all these projects together at once, they are saving time and money and minimizing the hassle. In particular, the blatantly obvious idea - schedule sewer/water repairs and track replacement so one isn't digging up work they've already done - is a good one.

We have had closures on the weekends, and it's a hassle for those of us on the N, etc. However it would be a bigger hassle if the work was never done, or drawn out for long periods of time, ensuring derailments and other expensive damage. As I've said before, this is like getting painful dental work done - it sucks, it's painful, but when it is done, it's DONE and you don't have to dick around with repariing half-assed repairs later on.

anadromic
anadromic

This is a particularly tired specimen of the house style of SF Weekly and its VVM compatriots. (IE: look at silly government being silly for trying to conduct the sometimes messy, complicated, cut-the-baby-in-half business of (you know) governing! Ha ha!) The cover story on food taxes was probably the best recent example. But good on you for trying to top it. 

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