San Francisco's Municipal Railway Getting Upgrades

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates the Municipal Railway (Muni), is making track improvements on the N Judah light rail line, replacing rail and repaving intersections. The $2 million project will also include enhancements to the surrounding area such as street repaving and re-striping, sidewalk improvements and upgraded water lines.

The work at the intersections is part of an $18 million rail improvement project that will cover two Muni lines in addition to the N, the J Church and the L Taraval. Beginning early next year, intersections along the L Line then the J Line will also receive new rails, repaired street pavement and other transportation improvements. These improvements go beyond the tracks to include new overhead wire poles, new curb ramps and new Muni train signal priority devices.

Most of Muni's 70 miles of track work is more than 30 years old. Each fiscal year, the SFMTA allocates between $7.5 and $10 million for its Rail Program to maintain and improve the infrastructure of the Muni system.