S.F. transit agency shuts down light rail service and subway stations in response to COVID-19

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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The SFMTA has halted its light rail service in response to a COVID-19 case.

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is pulling light rail trains from service and closing some stations as a result of COVID-19 and the state’s shelter-in-place order.

The SFMTA has been studying ridership patterns, and has made the determination to cease operations on the J, K, T, L, M, and N Muni Metro and light rail routes. Buses will still service those routes. Underground subway stations in downtown San Francisco also will be closed after it was discovered that an SFMTA employee came down with COVID-19 on March 24.

While the light rail line is out of service SFMTA will do tunnel maintenance and also make any necessary repairs to train cars.

The Transport Workers Union Local 250A, which represents Muni operators, has been encouraging SFMTA to do more to protect drivers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Union President Roger Marenco wants riders to pay for fares using the mobile phone app, Clipper card or passport.

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