10:30 AM: Muni spokespeople have told KRON broadcast that, good, news, the tracks were not damaged in the derailment. This means that the possibility that Muni will be on track by this afternoon has increased greatly! This is, I believe, called giving thanks for small favors.
That said, the train’s still off the tracks, and there’s no word yet on when Muni engineers will be able to haul it back into place and move it out of the way.
According to reports, Muni Metro continues to run slowly where it’s running.
Riders are understandably non-thrilled — a commuter named “Tong” told the Ex that “It’s crazy, like always…[Muni] needs to improve, we just seem to tolerate it.”
9:30 AM: John Haley, director of Muni transportation, has confirmed to KRON broadcast that inbound rail service is restored, and shuttle buses are serving outbound riders.
According to a statement sent by Muni to media, “as of 9 a.m., trains on the M Ocean View, L Taraval and K Ingleside lines traveling outbound at Castro station will have to switchback outbound to inbound. Bus shuttles are operating between West Portal and Castro stations. The N Judah and J Church lines are operating on their normal routes, but are moving slowly.”
Haley told KRON that he believed that normal service will return by the afternoon rush hour. At this time, they still don’t know why the train derailed, and no one was injured when the train left the tracks.
8:45 AM: According to MTA spokesperson Paul Rose, speaking with KTVU broadcast, outbound Muni Metro service has resumed, but that delays remain systemwide.
According to KRON broadcast, however, outbound service is still not happening, the system’s still a total mess, and they advise against taking Muni Metro if you can help it.
7:50 AM: According to SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose, a Muni Metro derailment just outside Castro Station has stopped all outbound Muni Metro service, and significantly slowed service headed inbound.
Speaking with KTVU broadcast, Rose did not have any details yet on what caused the derailment, or when the problem would be resolved.
“You should be OK coming into the city” Rose said. “It’s going to be slow, it’s going to be crowded. If you have alternative ways of getting to work, you might want to consider that.”
Trains have stacked up at the Embarcadero, and are not heading outbound (away from downtown), Rose confirms. Inbound trains (those moving towards downtown) are moving, albeit, Rose said, very slowly.