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Even as Muni Metro riders contend with delays caused by a signal problem this morning, we just can’t let go of that N-Judah derailment from Monday. The likely cause? An “automatic rail failure”, they say.

Monday’s derailed train, was heading inbound at around 6:45 PM when it slid off the track right before the tunnel at Church and Duboce. Nobody was injured but service was disrupted for a few hours. Shuttles carried passengers to destinations along the N Judah and J Church line until 9:15.

Investigators say that the most likely culprit was the failure of the rail that is supposed to automatically direct trains into the tunnel. Muni spokesperson Paul Rose told the Ex that the agency is looking to address the problems at that intersection in the next two years.

Until that happens, a temporary fix of stabilized automated switches and lubed and cleaned parts will have to do. During the next few days, Muni officials will monitor how trustworthy the rail is and make necessary adjustments, they say.

Despite the fact that they have ruled out the driver as a cause of the problem, per protocol the driver is on non-driving status.

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  • Greg Dewar

    this intersection was supposedly getting federal funds to be repaired already. the work was supposed to have started. as always Muni doesn’t spend money on what it needs and instead buys faregates that don’t work.

  • Greg Dewar

    this intersection was supposedly getting federal funds to be repaired already. the work was supposed to have started. as always Muni doesn’t spend money on what it needs and instead buys faregates that don’t work.

  • Deano

    Only two years? In the meantime, another major city springs up in the Middle East, China forges ahead building thousands of miles of high speed rail, and the world passes San Francisco by.
    MUNI has proven very bad for our economy. Think how many work hours are lost to it. I routinely head out in the evening to do something and scrap it when I realize public transportation isn’t going to pan out, so I go home and watch Netflix.
    The system is run for the drivers and management. The riders are the last thought when it comes to MUNI and San Francisco’s ranking among world cities fall further.

  • Deano

    Only two years? In the meantime, another major city springs up in the Middle East, China forges ahead building thousands of miles of high speed rail, and the world passes San Francisco by.
    MUNI has proven very bad for our economy. Think how many work hours are lost to it. I routinely head out in the evening to do something and scrap it when I realize public transportation isn’t going to pan out, so I go home and watch Netflix.
    The system is run for the drivers and management. The riders are the last thought when it comes to MUNI and San Francisco’s ranking among world cities fall further.

  • Al

    Anyone who goes by here on a bike, on the Wiggle, can affirm that the quality of the street is ridiculous.

  • Al

    Anyone who goes by here on a bike, on the Wiggle, can affirm that the quality of the street is ridiculous.