Turning Muni’s subway system around

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt

SFMTA officials hope to reduce delays by making it easier to remove malfunctioning trains

For the more than 140,000 people who ride the Muni Metro subway system daily, major delays are a regular part of life.

That’s because just one train malfunction can stall the entire network, causing other trains get stuck while the broken train is turned around on the track.

One fix may be to build more places for trains to turn around. But Muni officials say it’s a fix that could take years to accomplish.

The lack of turnarounds in the Muni Metro subway system is a major design flaw, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Director of Transit Julie Kirschbaum told the SFMTA Board of Directors last month… (more)