Muni Rewiring Causes Delays for Students
Muni Re-wire may delay students
February 9, 2006 8:01 PM
San Francisco Municipal Railway has closed parts of the Metro subway at night for re-wiring that will take at least two years to finish, leaving some SF State students waiting a little longer to get home.
It takes Sofian Neubauer, 24, an extra half an hour to get home.
Neubauer, a business major, takes classes every weeknight before normally catching a bus back to his home near the Embarcadero station.
"I'm here every night," he said. "And then I have to go to work during the day."
Now Neubauer can only go as far as the Castro with the M line.
MUNI will be closing the K, L, and M line stations between Church and Embarcadero on weeknights starting at 10:00 p.m. to work on the overhead-wiring system.
The almost 30-year-old system needs to be replaced to "bring state of the art technology to the subway, increasing reliability, and reducing maintenance costs," according to the SF MUNI Web site.
MUNI will begin the second half of the project next year, and replace the systems between Castro and West Portal stations. The Web site does not explain what changes will happen. MUNI spokeswomen, Maggie Lynch was not available for comment.
The underground system development is estimated to take two years. For now, MUNI has provided shuttle buses to take riders the rest of the way.
But these shuttle buses make frequent stops.
"It stops at every single stop on the way in," said urban studies major Joe Ruckus, 39, adding that the shuttle buses can't beat the underground train. He has opted to walk instead.
"It's only a 15 minute walk for me, so it's not the end of the world," said Ruckus, who lives on Church Street. "But I'm not happy about it."
Even though the buses seem more crowded, he said they usually arrive on time.
"As much as I'd hate to say it, it actually looks like MUNI solved this efficiently," said Ruckus, who is more worried about the second phase of the re-wiring development.
Another rider, senior Daniel Mui, 24, also didn't find the transition to the shuttle to be troublesome.
"As soon as I got out, there was a shuttle bus waiting and it left in a couple of minutes," said Mui, a marketing major, who said he had expected more delays. "Hopefully, it'll be the same tonight."
Although she hasnít noticed a significant increase to her travel time, Emily Naud, 29, who lives in Japan Town, said the wait at night for MUNI in general is way too long. It usually takes her an hour to get home.
"It's not fair that we get stuck out here waiting, especially if you have night classes," said Naud, an interior design major. "This is the only bus that takes you downtown. I think I would be really pissed if I lived a little further."
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