11:08 AM: According to MTA spokesperson Kristen Holland, the switch problem has been resolved, and riders no longer need to get off the N or J to get back on at Church Station. However, she does warn that “Regular N and J service may take an hour to resume regular schedule,” so be prepared for delays until at least noon.
9:37 AM: Commenter sweetauntie reports from his or her commute, saying “Shuttle????? Are they joking?? That promised “shuttle” b.s. by the MTA NEVER happens in situations like this. It was a nightmare this morning, and has been happening with increasing regularity at the cross-roads of Church and Duboce.”
9:19 AM: MTA spokesperson Judson True responds to our question on delays to riders from this morning’s N and J switch problem, saying “We have been and are experiencing crowding on inbound trains from Church Street as a result of the switch problem.”
8:12 AM: MTA spokesperson Judson True has yet to respond to the email we sent, asking if the forced transfer for N and J riders to the Church station was causing delays in addition to the delays caused by having to get off your train and walk your ass down to another station.
However, the Twitter account of Munifail reports “Massive crowds. No trains in or out.” Anyone else out there seeing this?
In related news, the Examiner reported yesterday that Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi has replaced Bevan Dufty as chair of Transportation Authority, the group that approves spending decisions for, among other agencies, Muni. Happy first full day of chairpersonship, Ross!
6:12 AM: MTA spokesperson Judson True sent an alert to the media that since the beginning of Muni Metro service this morning (around 4:30 AM), service on the J Church and N Judah has been seriously disrupted.
According to True, a switch problem at Church and Duboce is preventing trains from entering or leaving the tunnel at Duboce (that’s the one right behind the Safeway).
Consequently, inbound N and J riders should walk over to Church Street Station to transfer to trains that will take them downtown, and outbound N and J riders will have to get off at Church Street and walk (or take the Muni-provided shuttle buses) to their usual stops to continue their outbound journey.
No word from True on what kind of delays this is causing, we’ll update when we hear more. And, of course, we’d love to hear how this makes your commute this morning, so please do let us know in the comments or thisaway.