muni_driver.jpgAs we’ve continuously reported, Muni’s soldiering on with their Church and Duboce Street Improvement Project and their Carl Street Rail Replacement Project. The aforementioned projects include new tracks, bulbouts for safety, curb and ramp upgrades, water and sewer improvements, and pole replacement. What that means for you, dear Muni rider, is that to make those improvements there will be sweeping shutdowns for an 11-day stretch later this month.

The multiple-day “long” shutdown, which begins at 7pm on Friday, May 25th and ends at 5am on Monday, June 4th includes a shutdown of the N Judah Line, a partial shutdown of the J Church, and reroutes on the 22 Fillmore, 37 Corbett, 43 Masonic, and N-Owl routes, as the SFMTA reports.

To break things down, the N Judah will be completely shut down, with substitute bus service provided, varying in schedule on weekdays and weekends. The fabulous N Judah Express will be unaffected. The J Church Line will continue operating, but only between Balboa Park BART and Church/Market St. Those needing to go further can transfer to either the K, L, M and/or T Metro lines between the Church Station and Embarcadero Station.

The 22 Fillmore will be rerouted to detour around Church and Duboce St, though there will be a motor coach bus bridge for the portion of the route in which transfers to Muni Metro will be made at Castro Station.

Finally, the N-Owl will run between Ocean Beach and Caltrain, with a detour on Frederick St. instead of Carl St and a detour around Church and Duboce St.

SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin said the work is critically important and the two projects were coordinated to pose a minimal inconvenience to residents, businesses, transit users, motorists and bicyclists.

“There will be disruption, but we are endeavoring to make it as painless as possible,” Reiskin said. “We ask that everyone allow extra travel time and plan ahead.”

Be aware of construction, as crews and equipment will be onsite nonstop, though noise and dust should not be an issue, the MTA says.

Traffic control officers, the SFPD, and electronic messaging boards will be used to help direct traffic and mark detours. Despite the construction, life goes on and local businesses, residences, and driveways will still be accessible, says the SFMTA.

For more information, visit the Church and Duboce Track Improvement Project page and the Carl Street Track Improvement Project page.

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