Muni Service Back on Track

By Owen Thomas
|  Thursday, Dec 10, 2009  |  Updated 8:04 AM PDT
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Muni Service Back on Track

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A crowded muni car on the K line at Church.

Subways trains are rolling again in San Francisco.

The fact that that's news tells you something about the state of public transit in one of America's greenest cities.

On Wednesday around 5:30, downed wires at Muni's Van Ness subway station caused San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency to halt underground service between the  Embarcadero and Castro stations for the evening commute. Muni rolled out shuttle buses and BART admitted riders with Muni transfers. But the 12-hour disruption -- one of the longest in recent memory -- still caused endless frustration.

The @munialerts Twitter account noted that the agency took an hour to tell riders of the disruption. Muni spokesman Judson True admitted that the agency could do a better job communicating with passengers in real time.

But perhaps what the agency really needs to figure out is how to repair its aging system.

Two years ago, Muni curtailed evening service to repair wiring.

It's not clear if yesterday's outage was related to those repairs. But it's highly suspicious.

Muni riders, how did you get home yesterday? Tell us in the comments.

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