Well, you gotta give it to Muni: at least they say they have a plan to deal with the second evening commute of a driver "sick-out" that has riders waiting for ages to get anywhere. Sadly, however, a large part of that plan continues to be to suggest that you find another way to get home after work. And maaaaybe you need to find another way to get around tomorrow, as it's rumored that the sick-out will last at least another day.
It's been a day of Muni-related disappointment, from the SF Chamber's angry note to the Mayor, demanding that he "get real" with Muni, to the Mayor's subsequent announcement that "this cannot continue", to poor little Riley, the 12-year-old tourist who told KCBS that “I’m sad, but hopefully a lot of people will get better and we’ll be able to ride tomorrow.” Riley! You sweet, sweet soul.
Don't tell Riley, but it looks like the workers won't be getting better any time soon. SF Weekly (which has been right about everything so far) reports that "this will be a three-day sickout." Which means that this might be a good time to read the SF Business Times' explainer "When is a Muni sick-out a strike?"
But let's cross that bridge when we come to it. Until then, if you can, Muni advises you to walk, bike, drive, or take BART. And here's Muni's plan for tonight, if you must ride:
All routes and lines continue to experience missed and delayed service. Customers should expect crowding and waits of up to 60 minutes. Some routes may be turned back mid route to help minimize crowding. Announcements will be made via NextBus, on vehicles or in Metro stations.
Muni Metro (J Church, K Ingleside, L Taraval, M Ocean View, N Judah, T Third) As of 3 p.m., Tuesday: the J, L, M & N will operate on short routes with limited bus shuttles to the terminals. Customers should allow extra time for transfers.
J Church—will operate between Embarcadero Station and 30th Street. Limited bus shuttle service will be provided between 30th Street and Balboa Park Station. Customers traveling between Balboa Park Station and 30th are encouraged to use BART or Mission Street routes.
K Ingleside—will operate on its regular route
L Taraval—will operate between Embarcadero Station and 22nd Avenue. Limited bus shuttle service will be provided between 22nd Avenue and the Zoo.
M Ocean View—will operate between Embarcadero Station and SF State. Limited bus shuttle service will be provided between 19th Avenue and Holloway and Balboa Park Station.
N Judah—will operate between Embarcadero Station and 19th Avenue. Limited bus shuttle service will be provided between 19th Avenue and Ocean Beach. T Third trains will provide service from Embarcadero to Caltrain at 4th and King.
T Third—will operate on its regular route
No limited-stop service on the 5L, 9L, 14L, 28L, 38L and 71L routes
8AX Bayshore Express and 8BX will operate without changes.
The following routes will not operate: 1AX/BX, 31AX/BX, 38AX/BX 16X, 88 3 Jackson - The majority of stops on this route are covered by the 2 Clement Cable Car Service: Cable car lines will continue to be covered by limited bus shuttle service.
The F Market & Wharves Line will continue to operate only between Fisherman’s Wharf and the Ferry Building. For service along Market Street, please use Muni Metro.
Hang in there, everyone.