SFMTA Motorization Allows for Critical Maintenance Work

Written by Kyra Senese, Managing Editor
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Facilities staff replacing lighting on inbound track in Sunset Tunnel

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Maintenance of Way teams have successfully completed critical work during a N Judah motorization that took place on Feb. 18 and 19.

The motorization was carried out to provide access for work to be done in The San Francisco Municipal Railway’s right-of-way by Public Works, PG&E and the SFMTA, including repairs at 18th Avenue and Judah and 41st Avenue and Judah.

The SFMTA was also working to improve the J Church surface route between Duboce Park and the Balboa Park Station in order to increase service reliability, improve street safety, and shorten travel times.

MOW teams also used the motorization opportunity to complete project milestones and critical maintenance work for traction power and overhead lines, mechanical systems, light-rail track, and signals, a release said.

Bus shuttles served as a substitute for N Judah rail service between Ocean Beach and Church and Duboce to ensure that riders could still access transit service along the corridor.

Train service between Church and Duboce and Caltrain was maintained throughout the work period. During the rail shutdown, the SFMTA’s communications team also assisted in informing customers of the alternative service plan via printed, digital, and audio messaging, as well as wayfinding ambassadors.