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Release date: July 10, 2012

*** Press Release ***

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which manages transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced the continuation of track improvement work on the Muni Metro system. From 8 p.m., Friday, July 13 to 5 a.m., Monday, July 16, the SFMTA will install new track switches on the L Taraval Line between 22nd and 23rd avenues and at 35th Avenue. The construction will require partial lane closures on in both directions on Taraval Street at these locations, the removal of a few parking spaces in the construction zone and nearby and the use of bus shuttles between West Portal Station and the Zoo Loop.

“This rail maintenance work is another example of our efforts to maintain a state of good repair as we accommodate nearly 700,000 boardings a day,” said Edward D. Reiskin, Director of Transportation. “We thank our customers and the community for their patience while we invest in Muni’s future.”

The Switch Replacement Project is part of regular rail maintenance by Muni’s Maintenance of Way personnel. It will ensure a safer, more reliable transportation network by replacing worn infrastructure and keeping Muni in a state of good repair. This project is part of an upgrade of the existing track work along the L Taraval as well as the N Judah and J Church lines. There will be a total of four switches replaced along the L Line and two on the J Line over the next of few weekends.

Muni Service Impacts

  • Muni bus shuttles will operate along the L Taraval Line West Portal Station and the Zoo Loop from 8 p.m., Friday until 5 a.m., Monday
  • The bus shuttles will use the L Owl stops for full accessibility.

Traffic Impacts

  • Taraval Street between 22nd and 23rd avenues and at 35th Avenue will require partial lane closures in both directions. This will continue at 35th Avenue through Monday.
  • Parking restrictions at these locations will be required for staging materials beginning on Wednesday, July 11.
  • Parking restrictions inside the construction zone will be enforced during the construction period.
  • Local access will be granted and all local businesses will remain open.

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