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Friday, August 14, 2009

Morning Muni Delays Don't Bode Well For BART Strike

Posted By on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 12:18 PM

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click to enlarge Not so fast - JIM HERD
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While Muni spokesman Judson True was in and out of meetings this morning regarding the looming BART strike, a bevy of delayed Muni trains were making a helluva lot of passengers late for work.

True explained that there was a problem with the control system at Montgomery station, which happens occasionally and causes significant rolling delays. "It's a challenge getting to it to fix it because of the morning commute," True said. "It's not a perfect picture."

Out in Ingleside, passengers waiting for the K and T trains at Ocean Avenue complained of inbound delays of up to an hour and a half. True hadn't heard of this problem, but said he would check on it and give a call back.

Come Monday, when 340,000 regular BART commuters may be displaced, this picture could get a lot less perfect.

UPDATE: After investigating the Muni delays this morning, Judson True called back to inform us that there was a ripple effect caused by the control problem at the Montgomery station. Two trains had to be rerouted at St. Francis Circle, and although bus shuttles were dispatched on the routes between there and Balboa Park, it's possible that some folks could have been passed up, True said.

There was also a mechanical problem with the steps on an N-Judah train, he continued, which caused a 10-minute delay. True hadn't heard anything about a back-up at AT&T park, or a J-Church train that was apparently rerouted to Mission Bay. 

These problems, True said, will be fixed by Monday. "It was a very tough morning," he said. "Apologies to anybody who was inconvenienced."

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