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Sunset Tunnel Weekend Construction Resumes on Nov. 14- 16

 Sunset Tunnel Weekend Work ConitnuesAs part of the Sunset Tunnel Trackway Improvement Project, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will resume the weekend construction on the Sunset Tunnel. The work will start from 2 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 and continue until 3:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 16. The project includes seismic upgrades to the tunnel portal retaining walls and its foundations and replacement of aging track and other infrastructure inside the Sunset Tunnel, which will help improve safety and reliability of the N Judah rail service for Muni customers.

The next weekend construction is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 21. There will be more weekend work slated for early next year to make up for the rescheduled work.

While Sunset Tunnel is closed for construction, bus shuttles will substitute for the N Judah rail service between Church & Duboce and Ocean Beach from about 5 a.m. Saturday until end of service at 2 a.m. on Monday. The 4th and King streets Construction under Central Subway Project is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6 and run through Saturday, Nov. 14. During this period, the N Judah LIne will end at a temporary platform on King Street between 3rd and 4th streets. Working concurrently with the subway nightly early shutdown, the N Judah customers traveling to Caltrain on an N bus will have to do one of the two things.  (1) Before the subway is closed starting at 9:30 p.m., transfer to the N Judah train at Church & Duboce traveling to the last stop on King Street. OR (2) After 9:30 p.m., take Muni service on Market Street to Embarcadero and transfer to a T bus on Saturday or a T train on Sunday to continue the trip.  

To take advantage of the work window provided by the Sunset Tunnel construction, another crew will be installing signal loops between the tracks at the intersection of Judah Street at 9th Avenue. The work will be done as part of the Transit signal Priority (TSP) system updates. During the work hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the intersection will remain open. In order to keep the traffic flow, the inbound and outbound accessible platforms will be out of service. Buses will provide wheelchair access at the curb stops. The inbound and outbound N buses will be rerouted from 9th Avenue to 10th Avenue, stopping at 10th Avenue and Judah Street.

What to Expect during Weekend Construction:

  • Crews will work continuously from approximately 2 a.m. on Saturday until 3:30 a.m. on Monday.

  • The majority of the work will take place inside the Sunset Tunnel and at the tunnel entrances.

  • Noise control measures will be implemented; however the work will be audible throughout the weekend.

  • The streets near the tunnel entrances will remain open.

  • To accommodate the tunnel work, parking restrictions will become effective before the work starts on both sides of Duboce Avenue from Steiner to Scott Street, and on both sides of Carl Street from Clayton to Cole Street.

Weekend Bus Substitution Service:

  • Bus shuttles will substitute for the N Judah rail service only between Church & Duboce and Ocean Beach from about 5 a.m. Saturday until end of service at 2 a.m. on Monday.

  • Regular N Judah rail cars will continue to provide service to the temporary stop on King Street between 3rd and 4th streets on Saturday and to 4th and King streets on Sunday before 9:30 p.m.

  • N Customers traveling to Caltrain will have to transfer to a T bus on Saturday or a T train on Sunday at Embarcadero Station after 9:30 p.m.

  • The N bus shuttles will follow the N Judah Line making regular stops except for the tunnel portion where buses will be routed to Haight Street.

  • The N Judah stops at Church & Duboce will provide a transfer point between bus shuttles and trains for Muni customers.

  • The weekend N Judah Owl bus service will not be affected.

  • The J Church Line will switch back at Duboce and Fillmore after 9:30 p.m.

Other Ongoing N Judah System Improvement Projects:

Maximizing construction opportunities, the SFMTA has integrated multiple construction components under the Sunset Tunnel project in order to minimize the inconveniences for both N Judah riders and the community around the construction area.

The Transit Signal Priority (TSP) system upgrades are taking place at nine intersections sequentially along the N Judah Line. On the November 14 weekend, crews will be working at the intersection of Judah Street at 9th Avenue. Here is information for the neighbors to know:    

  • Work hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

  • During construction the streets will remain open; however there will be lane closures and traffic will be diverted.

  • Street parking at construction site will be temporarily unavailable.

  • Driveway access will be maintained.

  • There will be noise during excavation of the trackway. 

The TSP system will use technology to reduce dwell time at traffic signals for Muni light rail vehicles by holding green lights longer.

The construction of the wheelchair accessible platforms on Judah and 28th Avenue was successfully completed in late March. The westbound and eastbound stops are now being served by N Judah trains.  

The new platform include longer boarding islands and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant curb ramps, making Muni Metro system safer and easier to use for all customers.