I have a new name for the N-Judah. It’s the N-Nada. As in, “waiting for an N? Sorry, NADA.”
Preface: while I ride Muni just about every day in bus or F-Market/Wharves form, I rarely ride Muni Metro. I always hear that electronic lady saying “N (N echo) in 2 minutes!” when I walk upstairs from BART, and the metro line has a pretty satisfying whir to its machinery. But I’ve never depended on it; before today, the last time I used it was probably around February.
To those who were curious, “Muni Metro” is a slower, not entirely underground version of the New York Subway. It’s a rail-transit line that goes faster than the buses and goes to many parts of town. But that’s where the similarities to the Subway stop.
To those who use Muni Metro regularly, someone has to flippin’ tell me if you always have to wait this long for an N-Judah, allegedly one of the most popular Metro lines.
I spent an eternity waiting for the N today. OK, it was really about 20 minutes, which is an eternity when waiting for public transportation at rush hour…in a transit hub. But in that 20 minutes, I watched a few Js, a few Ls, and a couple of Ks (K!??) go by, until an N finally decided to show up in time to get me to dinner 15 minutes late.
Thankfully, the ride from Embarcadero to 9th and Irving is pretty quick. But that doesn’t (of course) include the mid-tunnel stops for minutes at a time, or the fact that there are only TWO CARS PER TRAIN. I really (really) want someone to explain why a station as new and large as the Muni Metro stations have such stubby, half-assed excuses for rush-hour transit. That’s currently my biggest pet peeve with the Metro, seeing as how there were assloads of people at all the downtown stations waiting to hurl themselves into the welcoming doors (four whole sets of them) of the air-conditioned, stubby train. Is it budgetary? Probably, but I want to see numbers and studies and more than “yikes, we ran out of money, two-train cars it is!” as an explanation.
Naturally, I wasn’t updated on Muni’s progress, if you were wondering. The next-train screen at the station (one of the most popular ones) was broken, complete with irritating Windows “Page Cannot Be Displayed” bullshit you see when the internet goes down or you get a bad link. Awesome.
So, to recap:
1) Why is the N-Judah train the least frequent one at 6:30 p.m.?
2) Why are there tiny, TINY trains in this station?
SFist tells me the Van Ness Metro station was shut down and evacuated at about 3 p.m. This could have something to do with it. But if a bomb wasn’t disabled on the spot or if some Evildoer wasn’t apprehended, leading to the resulting shut-down/slowdown, I’m going to lose it.
Muni Malaise (Munilaise?) is setting in further. Give me something good to write about tomorrow, eh Muni?
Tara has been writing and editing (professionally) since 2001. She spends her days doing both of these tasks for a ubiquitous San Francisco art university, and spends some of her free time doing it for fun and for side projects. Her most commonly used Muni lines are the F-Market/Wharves, 31-Balboa and 49-Van Ness.