Muni Subway to Close Early for Upgrade of Emergency Communications
As you may have seen posted in Muni Metro subway stations and on flyers from friendly outreach staff, the subway will begin closing early on July 31. Starting at 9:30 p.m. each night, Muni bus shuttles will run from Embarcadero to St. Francis Circle and bridge service to the outer legs of the light rail lines, which will continue to operate normal service. The subway will be closed by 10 p.m. This will give crews time at night to work on the radio and emergency communications systems that are in need of upgrades.
Please note that to ensure the subway is clear for the crews to begin work, depending on where you catch the train, subway service might end as early as 9:30 p.m. For example, Embarcadero Station will clear as early as 9:30 p.m., whereas the last train from Castro might be at 9:45 p.m.
Reporter Jerold Chinn at SF Bay is helping to spread the word, as are our outreach ambassadors. All last week, they were in the subway stations handing out flyers and letting customers know about the upcoming work and Muni shuttles. During the first week of early closures, folks will also be out in the stations and at St. Francis Circle to help customers transfer between the trains and shuttles.
What to expect:
- Subway will be closed each night at 10 p.m. until the start of service in the morning.
- Bus shuttles will operate between Embarcadero and St. Francis Circle from 9:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
- Regular rail service will continue to operate at all outer stops.
- Muni Metro customers will find shuttle boarding locations at the island F Line stops near the subway stations on Market Street.
- The shuttles will make regular stops between West Portal and St. Francis Circle.
The early subway closure is part of a larger group of subway upgrades that will improve communications within Muni Operations and keep trains running safely and reliably through the city.
- The Radio Replacement project will modernize Muni's radio system to improve communications between Muni Operations Control and vehicles out in the field.
- The Blue Light Emergency Telephone Replacement will upgrade and expand a vital emergency system throughout the underground tunnels.