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Release date: 10/15/10

*** Press Release ***

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced that the primary construction for the track improvement work on the J Church light rail line has been completed in just one weekend. No work will be required at 30th and Church streets for the project this coming weekend.

“San Francisco’s infrastructure is at the core of our quality of life,” said SFMTA Executive Director/CEO Nathaniel P. Ford Sr. “The SFMTA will continue to aggressively prioritize keeping Muni in a state of good repair in order to provide safe and reliable service to our customers.”

Last weekend SFMTA staff and crews with the contractor, Shimmick Construction Inc., worked around the clock from Friday evening to early Tuesday morning to replace the track at the intersection of 30th and Church streets, repair overhead wire, install new Muni train signal priority devices and a new track switch. The rail replacement required digging up the entire street paving, laying down new ties and tracks and then repaving the area. The pavement where the new meets the old may require further smoothing. SFMTA personnel will monitor for any necessary repairs. Work over the weekend of October 23 to 24 and the resulting traffic impacts are pending the evaluation of the pavement.

SFMTA community outreach staff made presentations to community groups and walked through the communities surrounding the intersections to alert neighbors and local merchants to the upcoming construction. In addition, brochures, signs in Muni vehicles and 8,000 direct mail notifications were distributed to the community and Muni customers during the month leading up to the construction.

“I especially want to thank the merchants and residents along the J Church Line for their patience,” said Ford.

The work on this intersection cost $1 million and is part of a larger, $18 million rail improvement project that covers three Muni lines: the J, the N Judah and the L Taraval.

Most of Muni’s 70 miles of track is more than 30 years old. A robust schedule of key rehabilitation and replacement projects is necessary to ensure safe, reliable Muni service for generations to come. The SFMTA’s Rail Renewal Program, once completed, will provide a substantial state of good repair, reliability and safety improvements throughout the Muni metro system. The program consists of 10 key projects totaling over $141 million and covers track work on the Muni Metro lines.

For information on substitute Muni bus shuttle service and traffic detours, please visit or call 311.

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