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Escalator Upgrades Coming to Van Ness Station

Monday, June 18, 2018 - 3:00pm

UPATE: The outbound escalator at Van Ness Station is currently open for service. Due to a change of schedule, the work on this escalator is on hold until September when the constructin resumes. The escalator will be out of service for about four months from then on.

As Phase 2 of the Muni Metro Escalator Rehabilitation Project continues to make headways, rehabilitation will begin on the outbound platform escalator (towards Church Station) at Van Ness Station. Work is scheduled to start on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 and will take about four months to finish. During this time, this escalator will be out of service. Muni customers can use the inbound escalator (towards Civic Center Station) or the station elevator to access the platform.

To ensure safety as well as contain construction debris and minimize noise levels, a wooden barricade will be built around the escalator. Work hours are from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays with some weekend work required.

Concurrently two other escalators are under construction: the outbound platform escalator at Civic Center to be completed in mid-September and the outbound platform escalator at Montgomery expected to resume service in late July.

Most of the old escalators at Muni Metro stations have been on the job for over 40 years. They are outdated and easily to break down. The new units equipped with state-of-art technology will make the Muni system safer, more reliable and accessible, especially for seniors and people with disabilities.

Phase 2 of the escalator project began in November 2015. The project is to rehabilitate 17 escalators at Montgomery, Powell, Hallidie Plaza, Civic Center, Van Ness, Church and Castro. So far 10 escalators have been completed and are serving Muni customers.