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Release date: April 20, 2012

*** Press Release ***

N Judah Bus Shuttle Detour Map (.pdf)

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which manages transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today reminds customers and San Francisco residents and visitors of the continuation of track improvement work on the Muni Metro system this coming weekend. Construction for the Church & Duboce Track and Street Improvement Project and the Carl Street Rail Replacement Project will require bus shuttle substitution on the N Judah Line as well as traffic detours. The round-the-clock construction will take place from 8 p.m., Friday to 5 a.m., Monday this weekend and the weekend of May 11 to 14. A longer stretch of construction is scheduled from Friday, May 25 until Monday, June 4. Similar work and impacts will continue later this summer and fall.

During the upcoming weekend construction periods, the N Line will be shut down with substitute service provided by bus shuttles from Ocean Beach to Church Street. No N Line service will operate in the Metro subway; however, supplemental rail service will be in place between Castro Station and the Caltrain Station at 4th and King streets. Muni service adjustments and traffic detours will need to start an hour earlier at 7 p.m. each Friday and will continue through construction hours.

This weekend’s work on the Church & Duboce project will include track work on Duboce Avenue between Belcher and Fillmore streets, including demolition of the track from 8 p.m., Friday until 1 a.m., Saturday. The Carl Street project will include sewer and rail replacement work on Carl Street between Hillway Avenue and Cole Street. In addition, a track switch will be replaced on Judah Street between 37th and 38th avenues as part of the Switch Replacement Project; the related traffic and parking impacts will be in place from 9 a.m., Friday until 3 p.m., Monday.

Construction dates have been coordinated between both the Church & Duboce and Carl Street projects as well as other track repairs to minimize inconvenience to residents, businesses, Muni customers, motorists and bicyclists.

Muni Service Impacts

N Judah Bus Shuttles

  • N Judah bus shuttles will operate all weekend between Ocean Beach and Church Street.
  • From La Playa to Arguello the N buses will follow the regular N Line route.
  • East of Arguello the N service will re-route around the construction and street closure.
  • The service will run as an express between Cole and Frederick and Castro and Duboce.

N Owl

  • N Owl bus service will be rerouted from Carl Street onto Frederick Street.

Traffic Impacts

  • Duboce Avenue will be closed between Steiner and Church streets.
  • Belcher and Fillmore streets will be closed at Duboce Avenue.
  • Eastbound Carl Street will be closed from Shrader to Cole.
  • Westbound Carl Street will be closed from Stanyan to Arguello.
  • Willard Street will be closed at Carl Street.
  • Judah Street between 37th and 38th avenues will require partial lane closures in both directions.
  • Traffic control officers and police officers will direct traffic at critical intersections.
  • Street parking will not be available in and around the construction sites.
  • Temporary bus stops on Frederick Street (two at Cole and one at Stanyan) for the N bus shuttles will require parking removal as will the extension of the bus stop at 14th and Church streets and equipment staging on 37th and 38th avenues near Judah.
  • Electronic message signs will be used in affected areas to alert traffic
  • Local access will be granted and all local businesses will remain open.
  • Bike routes 30 (the “wiggle”), 47 (the Steiner/Sanchez route) and 50 (the connector route between the wiggle and eastbound Market Street) will be affected at the Church and Duboce construction area. Detour signs will be posted.

SFMTA Ambassadors will be in the area to provide information and to assist customers at transfer points.

May and June Church & Duboce and Carl Street Project Impacts

The Church & Duboce Track and Street Improvement Project and the Carl Street Rail Replacement Project will require multiple partial rail service shutdowns or disruptions on the J Church and N Judah Muni lines and reroutes of local Muni bus service during the construction period that ends in 2013. The next weekend shutdown will be May 11 to 14.

As these projects continue, there will be major disruptions to service for more than a week, beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 25 and continuing daily until 5 a.m. Monday, June 4.

Muni Service Impacts

  • N Judah Line will be shut down; N trains will not operate in the subway or surface. Instead, there will be substitute bus shuttle service.
  • The substitute bus service will vary in route and operating times according to peak periods and will include an N Judah “A” Express, N Judah “B” Express and N Judah Shuttle.
  • On weekends, the N Judah bus shuttle service will mirror the previous weekend shutdowns this year.
  • J Church will have a partial shutdown.
  • 22 Fillmore trolley line will have major reroutes and a partial supplemental shuttle.
  • 37 Corbett, 43 Masonic and N Owl lines will have minor detours.

Construction will also require street and bike lane closures, restrictions of street parking and bus stop relocations.

The SFMTA encourages the public to familiarize themselves with the changes and:

  • Allow extra travel time
  • Use alternate routes
  • Consider different modes of transportation (i.e. carpool/taxi/walk/bike)
  • Avoid the project areas, if possible.

All dates and details are subject to change due to weather or other operational issues.

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