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Release date: 4/16/10

*** Press Release ***

John Haley, Director of Transit Operations of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees the Municipal Railway (Muni), today issued the following statement regarding this morning’s disruption of service on the N Judah light rail line and the theft of upwards of 30 feet of copper cable from the western end of the Sunset Tunnel which occurred before start of service today.

The SFMTA shares the anger and frustration of the Muni customers who were caught in the delay this morning. For more than five hours this morning, from just after 5 a.m. to 10:33 a.m., the thousands of Muni customers who rely on the N Judah each morning, and by extension those who use the Muni Metro Subway, were inconvenienced by a vicious act of vandalism and theft.

The target of the theft was the copper cable that serves as the conduit for the negative charge of the light rail system’s power supply. This one-inch thick cable of heavy copper rods surrounded by thick plastic insulation lays along side the track to complete the electrical circuit.

Video of the area during the time of the theft has been provided to SFPD to aid them in their investigation. The SFMTA is taking active steps to further secure this kind of cable that is used in the subway and in four other locations in the Muni system. The SFMTA is grateful for the quick and aggressive assistance of the SFPD and is resolved to find the perpetrators and to prevent this from reoccurring.

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