The new year is bringing another set of early subway closures.
Starting Sunday, January 26, all trains between Embarcadero and West Portal stations will go offline starting at 9:30 p.m. The closure is expected to last a week, but SFMTA officials haven't provided a definitive date for its conclusion.
The closure will allow for additional maintenance of the subway's overhead lines, tracks, signals and Automated Train Control System, which tracks trains' locations and speed.
"It is the exact scope of work we covered in our summer maintenance project," said SFMTA spokesperson Erica Kato. 'We’re allowing staff to conduct routine and more detailed maintenance to keep operations in a state of good repair."
Bus substitutions for the underground trains will be put in place through the regular end of train service, at 1 a.m. Morning trains will continue to run normally, starting at 5 a.m.
Here's the evening bus substitution schedule:
Customers will be able to transfer between trains and shuttle buses at the following stops:
- K-Ingleside: West Portal/Sloat Boulevard
- L-Taraval: West Portal/Ulloa Street
- M-Ocean View: Church Street and Duboce Avenue
- J-Church and N-Judah: Market and Church streets
- T-Third: The Embarcadero and Brannan Street
Inbound N-Judah and outbound J-Church trains will also use the accessible stop entering the Duboce Portal, to serve customers with disabilities who need to use the ramp.
For service along Market Street, Muni customers should keep an eye out for shuttles stopping at bus stops marked with a half-moon sign. The Muni Owl service will remain unchanged.