The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced that it will temporarily suspend all subway service next week and replace it with buses during the new coronavirus outbreak.
The changes are scheduled to take effect on Monday. West Portal, Forest Hill, Castro, Church and Van Ness stations will close, as will the Muni portion of downtown stations shared with BART.
Shuttle buses will provide service along suspended metro lines, using the agency's Early Morning Metro bus service stops. N-Judah buses will arrive at 12-minute intervals and all other lines will arrive at 10-minute intervals on weekdays. Bus service on all lines will have 15-minute intervals on weekends.
Muni will also suspend service on the 5R, 9R, 28R and 38R express route lines, but the agency will continue to operate the standard local bus service with longer buses on each line. The agency will also suspend weekend service on line 47 beginning April 4, extending line 49 to Fisherman & # 39; s Wharf on weekends to compensate.
Muni is making service changes to "focus resources on routes outside the city center that are connecting people to essential jobs and services," the agency said in a statement.
Muni officials do not expect the suspension of metro service to affect passengers' ability to practice social distancing while taking public transportation.
The service suspensions will also allow the agency to reassign sanitation products to more frequented stations and reduce the risk of exposure for station agents.
You can find a complete and up-to-date list of altered and suspended Muni routes at sfmta.com/travel-updates/covid-19-reduced-muni-service-updated.