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Your Weekend Transit Advisory: Construction

UPDATE:  Sunset Tunnel Re-railing Project

The Sunset Tunnel Trackway Improvement Project includes track and infrastructure replacements inside the Sunset Tunnel, located between Cole Valley and Duboce Triangle, Transit Signal Priority upgrades for nine intersections along the N Judah Line and construction of two accessible platforms at Judah and 28th Avenue. This multiple system upgrades to the N Judah Metro Line will make transit safer and more reliable.

Seismic upgrades to Sunset Tunnel are important part of the safety enhancement project. It will involve structural retrofit of the tunnel portal retaining walls and their foundations.

In order to maximize construction opportunities, the SFMTA has integrated multiple construction components under the Sunset Tunnel project in order to minimize the inconveniences for both N Judah riders and the community around the construction area:

  1. The Transit Signal Priority (TSP) system upgrades are taking place at nine intersections sequentially along the N Judah Line. The TSP system will use technology to reduce dwelling time at traffic signals for Muni light rail vehicles by holding green lights longer.
  2. The construction of two new wheelchair accessible platforms on Judah and 28th Avenue has begun. Crews are working to reconstruct the inbound stop from Mondays to Fridays. The stop is currently not in service. Muni customers can board N Judah rail vehicle at the temporary stop at 27th Avenue. This work requires traffic lane closures.

The new platform will include longer boarding islands and in compliant of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) curb ramps, making Muni Metro system safer and easier to use for all customers.

Project Update:

This tunnel construction project has been temporarily suspended for the rest of this year and will resume in early 2015 after the holidays.  The next schedule for tunnel construction work is tentatively set for the weekends of January 9, January 23 and January 30, 2015.

The Transit Signal Priority (TSP) system upgrades at nine intersections along the N Judah Line: The work on Irving Street between 3rd and 9th avenues is suspended for the holiday moratorium. Crews are currently working on Judah Street between 16th and 19th avenues.

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Sydney transit riders band together with #IllRideWithYou

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Public transit riders share a very special common bond (hello, “Back door!”). It seems that transit riders everywhere band together whenever there is a need.

Commuters in Australia recently started an amazing campaign called #IllRideWithYou to show solidarity after the hostage crisis in Sydney earlier this week. In this report, we learn that Australian transit riders are offering to ride the train with their fellow Muslim riders who may be scared to be attacked on public transit for fear of retribution.

After a rider tweeted about seeing a Muslim woman removing her hijab on the train, other transit riders on Twitter started offering to ride with their fellow Muslim commuters. The hashtag went viral and there’s been 150,000 tweets with the hashtag in just 12 hours, according to mic.com.

We know that Muni riders show one another kindness all the time (like in this story of random kindness or this very San Francisco-style sweet gesture). It’s pretty neat to see how this translates across the world.

Photo by @jennifermarielane

Cool transit-light installation for Market Street approved

The nonprofit who brought us Bay Lights, the neato fantastic LED lights on the Bay Bridge, has set its sights on Market Street, specifically the rail transit vehicles on and below the street.

Curbed SF has the deets:

LightRail, a 2.1-mile-long LED scultpure that would render the movements of underground trains in lights above Market Street, won approval from the Board of Supervisors [Tuesday] in a unanimous vote. Sponsored by Illuminate the Arts, the nonprofit behind the Bay Lights, the sculpture would string 124,000 LEDs above Market, in what the group is calling the world’s first subway-responsive light sculpture. Stretching all the way from the Embarcadero to Van Ness, the lights would reveal the trains’ movements in colored pulses of light, effectively letting everyone on Market peer below ground without ever going under.

Awesome!

Check out the Curbed SF post for more information.

Transit News: Transbay Transit Center, Muni advisory panel, Muni seat removal, Geary BRT

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  • Transbay Transit Center grand vision includes thriving retail hub (SFGate)
  • Muni Wants You… for Online Advisory Panel (SF Weekly)
  • Man struck and killed by AC Transit bus in Alameda (SFGate)
  • Injury concern prompts Muni to remove over 1,400 seats (SF Examiner)
  • Supes app­rove purchase of 60-foot Muni buses (SF Bay)
  • Geary transit improv­ements set to arrive early (SF Bay)

Weird stuff people say on Muni

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Photo by Lynn Friedman

Remember #lifebeforethestorm? Yeah, I didn’t think you would. There was this thing called no rain. It was strange and wonderful. Somehow, we all survived it.

But enough reminiscing. Onward to the most remarkable Muni moments of the week!

  • According to these baby hipsters, weighing 140lbs is chunky. Acceptable weight is 95lbs. #sfmuni
  • Overheard on #muni “Your hiney is breathtaking”
  • Two elderly gentlemen arguing over who is older to win a seat.
  • I love this #sfmuni driver he’s whistling “I lost my poor meatball”
  • “Nothing comes to a sleeper but a dream” -Dude on the F Line, thinking he found some money on the streetcar #MuniDiaries

This week’s Things on Muni is brought to you by fellow riders @jocelynslai, @bbunnykat, @theEddieH, @faern_me, and @pjrocks. Be like them: Follow @munidiaries on Twitter. You, too, could experience the glory.