Transit in the news

Muni Metro service was slowly coming back up to speed after an M train derailed this morning at the Embarcadero switch. Reports on KCBS radio said Muni workers issued confusing or no directions to commuters and shoppers who were coming into downtown from the outer neightborhoods.

In other transit-related stories:

The SF Chronicle reported today that on last week’s “Spare the Air” days of free transit, BART became a playground for hoodlums and a refuge for street people seeking air conditioning. The Mercury-News said that on Monday, when the state’s power grid neared collapse, BART slowed the electrically-powered trains to save power — but kept the A.C. on.

Also in the Chronicle today, Rachel Gordon looked at the likelihood that Muni could always be free.

And finally, Gordon also reported on progress on the long-delayed Third Street Rail Line. According to the report, the line will open for passengers on weekends in January, with full service beginning in April. Muni also revealed the line would officially be known as the T-Third line.

1 Comment so far

  1. Lauren (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 12:43 pm

    Ugh! I decided to take the N line to downtown from the Castro around noon thinking it would be faster than the bus, and we were stop and go the whole way in. Took forever! This explains it.

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