San Francisco’s Muni Metro, light rail service to shut down amid pandemic

by Alexa Mae Asperin : kron4 – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Starting Monday, March 30, there will be no more subway or light rail service in San Francisco.

SFMTA announced Thursday that the new changes are happening in response to a decline in ridership amid the virus pandemic and to “help us focus resources on routes outside of the downtown area.”

Starting Monday, all Muni Metro and light rail routes will be replaced by buses.

Riders can take bus substitutions for the J, KT, L, M, and N lines using the same bus stops as the early morning Metro bus service.

Muni Metro subway stations will be closed, except for downtown stations which will remain open to customers taking BART during operating hours.

“Closing the Muni Metro underground system will allow us to redirect custodial resources to other, higher-use facilities and minimizes risk to our station agents(more)

Ever wonder why the SFMTA spends so much time and money on tunnels and light rail systems when the buses are more nimble and lead to less breakdowns in transit? Now might be a good time to consider what kind of public transit system best serves the public with the least amount of down time and the least amount of disruption. Plan A is to have rail service, but, when that breaks down they go to plan B, the buses. Why not skip plan A?

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