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Rail Recovery

SFMTA.com/RailRecovery
Project Introduction

Muni rail service began phasing back into operation beginning on December 19, 2020, with the return of the J Church Metro rail line. Putting Muni rail back in service frees up Muni buses serving as substitutes for rail service, allowing the SFMTA to shift these buses to other high-demand routes and routes serving neighborhoods with high populations of residents who are seniors, low income, people with disabilities and people of color.

See the latest service information below and check back frequently for updates.

Temporary Service Details

*Subject to change.

8/14/21: The M Ocean View will return to rail service and resume its full pre-pandemic route, running from the Embarcadero Station to Geneva and San Jose Avenue. Weekday hours will be 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., approximately every 10 minutes; weekend hours will be 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., approximately every 12 minutes. Read our M Ocean View blog for more details

KT Ingleside-Third Metro Rail

  • Temporary interlined service between Sunnydale and Balboa Park, serving all Muni Metro subway stations between Embarcadero and West Portal, approximately every 12 minutes
  • Weekdays: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Weekends: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

N Judah Metro Rail

  • Service between Ocean Beach/Lay Playa and Caltrain/4th & King streets, serving all Muni Metro subway stations between Embarcadero and Van Ness, approximately every 12 minutes
  • Weekdays: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Weekends: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

S Shuttle Metro Rail

  • Supplemental service between Embarcadero and West Portal as needed
  • Weekdays: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Weekends: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

F Market & Wharves Historic Streetcar

  • Service between Fisherman's Wharf and Castro, approximately every 12 minutes
  • Daily service from Fisherman's Wharf: Approximately 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Daily service from Castro: Approximately 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

J Church Metro Rail Details

  • Temporary service between Balboa Park and Church and Duboce streets
  • Daily: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. approximately every 12 minutes
  • For service to/from downtown transfer at Church and Market to the KT Ingleside-Third Metro rail or L Taraval Bus, or at Church and Duboce to the N Judah Metro rail

 

Temporary Bus Substitutions

L Taraval Bus

  • Between SF Zoo and Embarcadero/Ferry Plaza
  • Daily, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. approximately every 10-15 minutes.
  • Metro rail line remains suspended until further notice.

M Ocean View Bus Community Shuttle

  • Between Balboa Park and West Portal Station
  • Daily, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. approximately every 12 minutes.
  • Metro rail line remains suspended until further notice.
  • For service to or from downtown, transfer at West Portal Station to KT Ingleside-Third Muni Metro or L Bus.

N Judah Bus

  • Between Ocean Beach and Caltrain/4th & King
  • Weekdays 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., weekends 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. between N Owl service and N Metro rail service.

K Ingleside Bus

  • Between Ocean Beach and Balboa Park Station
  • Weekdays 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., weekends 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. between N Owl service and N Metro rail service.

Rail Recovery Updates

Effective May 15, 2021

All Muni Metro subway stations open for service with the KT Ingleside-Third Metro rail service between Sunnydale and Balboa Park Station, and the N Judah Metro rail between 4th and King (Caltrain) and La Playa (Ocean Beach). New Muni Metro hours in effect to accommodate ongoing subway maintenance work.

L Taraval Bus and M Ocean View Bus service continue.

K Ingleside Bus and N Judah Bus service are suspended except from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays, and 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. weekends – the hours between Owl service and Metro service.

S Shuttle Metro service between Embarcadero and West Portal will supplement KT Ingleside-Third service in the event of delays.

F Market & Wharves Historic Streetcar service resumes between Fisherman's Wharf and Castro.

 

Effective January 23, 2021

The T Third restarts rail service between Sunnydale and Embarcadero Station, with safety and operational improvements completed at Embarcadero Station. Trains enter Embarcadero Station, serve the station, then turn back to Sunnydale. This service provides connections from Sunnydale, 3rd Street and Mission Bay neighborhoods to downtown and Market Street.

Bus substitutions will provide Muni Metro service from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. between Metro rail and Owl service.

On weekends, buses will serve the T Third from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. between Sunnydale and Steuart Street. Embarcadero Station opens at 8:00 a.m.

K Ingleside, L Taraval and M Ocean View remain as bus routes through the spring as subway repairs continue, particularly in the Eureka Curve near Castro Station.

 

Effective December 19, 2020

The J Church returns as a temporary surface-only route between Balboa Park and Church and Market streets, with new temporary accessible transfers on Church Street at Market Street and at Duboce Street. These new temporary key stops will be important for customers with accessibility needs when subway service returns in 2021.


UPDATE: The first phase of subway repairs has been completed. Read more in our blog: Muni Subway Gets Green Light and Wi-Fi!

We brought all Muni Metro service back in August 2020 and quickly discovered that we needed to shut down again to make significant repairs in the subway, particularly in the Eureka Curve near Castro Station. Work includes replacing the faulty ballast and switches in the subway tunnel. For project details on the Eureka Curve Tunnel Work, visit SFMTA.com/EurekaCurve.

Work in the subway will be completed in phases, and as successive rounds of subway repair finish, we will bring back service Muni Metro rail service in phases as well.

Phase One: Restoring rail without the subway

We are restoring surface rail that does not depend on the subway, which will free up buses and provide direct connections to other key routes and job corridors like Market Street. This includes bringing back the J Church surface line.

Phase Two: Restoring rail in the subway as subways repairs finish and stations reopen

As we complete the first round of subway work, we can reopen subway stations and plan to bring back Muni Metro rail service accordingly. The first station to reopen will be Embarcadero Station. That lets us bring back the T Third, which will turn around at Embarcadero Station. Customers can connect to multiple bus routes in Market Street and BART. T Third buses will be repurposed to other routes according to our service priorities.

Subway repair and reopening will continue west toward West Portal Station.

Phase Three: Sustaining and scaling up service

Eventually, once the subway is fully reopened, we plan to prioritize restoring or increasing Metro service where we see the highest demand and most need for capacity.


Service Priorities & Metro Phasing

Our goal is to provide as much consistent, reliable service as possible even though our vehicle resources are stretched during the coronavirus pandemic and we are faced with an ongoing budget deficit. In response to the evolving public health emergency, we have made service changes that:

  • Use our limited number of vehicles to provide Muni service throughout the city
  • Increase service on the highest-ridership routes to address demand and crowding
  • Add service for people who have access to fewer transportation options, including those who live and work in our neighborhoods identified by our Muni Service Equity Strategy. Add connections to essential locations in different parts of the city such as job and business corridors and medical facilities

To meet these goals, we are bringing Muni Metro lines back into service so we can free up buses to put in service on other routes. By gradually bringing rail lines back we aim to carefully test and gauge rail operation after months of inactivity to ensure we can safely and responsibly bring back Muni Metro rail service.


Serving Transit-Dependent Neighborhoods

Freeing buses by restarting Muni Metro rail service helps put additional service where customers need it most, particularly customers who rely on public transportation for their livelihoods. Most of our essential workers live in the pandemic’s hardest-hit neighborhoods and don’t have as many transportation options to get to their essential jobs. Several of these neighborhoods are also identified by our Muni Equity Strategy.

COVID-19 is not only a health crisis, it is an economic crisis too. Improving job access for our essential workers is important for our city’s economic recovery. That’s why it’s vital as our city fights coronavirus that essential workers can get where they need to go.


Making Metro Rail Service More Reliable

As Muni Metro rail service returns, we are committed to making service more reliable and reduce the chronic delays and backups that Metro customers have experienced for years: Trains would be stuck outside the tunnels, between stations and on the platforms for long periods, often unable to let customers on or off. A major cause for these problems is structural – we move all seven of our Muni Metro rail lines through a single subway tunnel and backups or slowdowns cause ripple effects across the Muni system, making service less reliable not just on Muni Metro line but on other Muni lines as well.

Our subway system moves our highest volumes of customers through the core of the city. It is important that we take the opportunity to improve our rail service so that we can deliver people to their destinations reliably.

In August 2020, we premiered a temporary new configuration for Muni Metro that will help improve the system. For more information about subway traffic limitations, the temporary Muni Metro configuration proposed in August 2020 and the rationale for that configuration, visit the August 2020 Rail Recovery project update.

Here is an image of the detailed temporary new Muni Metro map developed in August 2020.

New detailed Muni Metro map

 

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Contact Information
Mariana Maguire
415.302.3224