Metro service disrupted by SUV in tunnel

January 20th, 2012

Yesterday morning, a SUV drove into the Muni Metro tunnel at the Duboce and Church portal, delaying AM commute service for more than two and a half hours as police worked to extract the vehicle and Muni workers made minor repairs to the tunnel.  This is the second private automobile driver to enter the Duboce and Church portal, halting service; the first was a drunk driver in October 2010.

Yesterday’s driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI, failure to obey a stop sign, and driving on train tracks.

In 2008, a private car drove into the Metro tunnel at West Portal, causing a similar disruption.

Update: The N-Judah Chronicles has some thoughts on an appropriate punishment, and asks you for ideas.

Meeting on Duboce/Church track improvements TONIGHT

May 5th, 2011

From Supervisor Scott Wiener’s Facebook page: “This Thursday, come learn about the track replacement and streetscaping project for the Duboce/Church area. This project will greatly improve the transit stops and sidewalks in the area and will enhance pedestrian safety. It covers Duboce Street from Noe to Church and Church Street from Duboce to Market. The meeting is 6-7:30 p.m. at Davies Medical Center, Gazebo Room.”

Please attend this meeting and learn more about this important project – and urge SFMTA to include traffic signals with pre-empts to speed LRVs through this very slow area!

J-Church dead last among LRV lines (again)

May 6th, 2009

J ChurchThe service standards reports (pdf) are out, and once again the J-Church has the lowest on-time performance of any rail line in San Francisco (64.9% in FY 2009). Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who represents the area served by the J, has requested a Controller’s audit.

Overall on-time performance was up the last quarter, to 72.7% (page 4 of pdf). Muni has never come close to the 85% on-time service mandated by Proposition E in 1999.