SFMTA Rail Improvements along J Church Muni Metro Line Start Friday, October 8
Release date: 10/4/10
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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates the Municipal Railway (Muni), has announced the continuation of track improvement work on the Muni Metro system. Starting at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8 (Columbus Day weekend) and continuing around the clock until Tuesday morning, weekend work on the J Church light rail line will be required at the intersection of Church and 30th streets. The work will continue Friday through Monday over the following two weekends.
During the first weekend only, construction will require the use of Muni bus shuttles on the J Church Line from Church and Day streets to Balboa Park. Traffic diversions off of Church Street between 29th and 30th streets and 30th Street between Church and Chenery streets will be required during construction hours over all three weekends. This work follows the successful completion of track improvement work on the N Judah Line last December and the L Taraval in February as well as work on two other intersections along the J Church Line last spring.
“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.”
Worn pavement and rails in these heavily traveled intersections require the replacement of rail and repaving of the intersections to keep the tracks in good operating condition. In addition to replacing and repairing aging Muni tracks and components, the project includes collaboration with other City departments to provide long-overdue enhancements to the surrounding area such as street repaving and re-striping, sidewalk improvements and upgraded water lines.
Muni Service Impacts
Traffic Detour/Construction Schedule (weather permitting):
Muni Bus Shuttle Schedule, Weekend of Oct. 8 – 12 Only:
Additional Muni routes affected:
SFMTA community outreach staff has 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 have been distributed to the community and Muni customers over the past month.
“I especially want to thank the merchants and residents along the J Church Line for their patience and encourage all those in the area to stop and patronize the businesses there,” said Ford.
The work on this intersection will 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. These improvements from these projects go beyond the tracks to include new overhead wire poles, new curb ramps and new Muni train signal priority devices.
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 www.sfmta.com/rail or call 311.
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