For those of you who haven’t heard, the N-Pocalypse is upon us! The N-Judah has been closed since Friday evening with service closed through 5am on Monday, June 4. I prefer to think of the N-Judah being shutdown until Monday afternoon on the 4th, because every San Franciscan knows that while our bus drivers are awesome at texting while driving, they aren’t so good at the fundamentals. You know, things like showing up even remotely on schedule.
Since the weather was beautiful yesterday, and I couldn’t ride the train anywhere (and something about San Francisco buses scares me), I took some time to walk along the N-Judah in Cole Valley and the Inner Sunset to take some pictures of the N-Pocalypse in progress. I’m happy to report that they’ve definitely succeeded in ripping things up quickly. Now the question is – will they be able to put it all back together in time?
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As you can see from the pictures, they’ve got the N-Judah track and surrounding street pretty well ripped up. As for why? According to muni, this extended shutdown of the N-Judah will allow them to bring muni riders:
- New track for a smoother, faster ride on Muni [um, doubtful. – ed]
- Bulbouts to enhance safety and boarding at N Judah Line stops
- Curb and ramp upgrades
- Water and sewer improvements
- Pole replacement
It also makes a great photo opportunity!
I don’t know what the work schedule along the track is, but I noticed high-intensity lights along the street. I hope that they aren’t doing construction 24/7, as they are at the Transbay Center, but couldn’t find the posted construction hours on the SFMTA’s site.
Has the N-Pocalypse caused major headaches in your life? Or have you just been waiting at a muni stop since Friday evening, cursing muni for running such bad service without even being aware of the shutdown? Either way, we hope you are having a great Memorial Day Weekend!