N Judah

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N Judah
N Judah logo.svg
San Francisco-N Judah.jpg
Two N Judah trains on Judah Street near 9th Avenue
Overview
Type Premetro/Light rail/Streetcar
System Muni Metro
Locale San Francisco, California
Termini 4th and King Station
Judah and La Playa
Stations 33
Daily ridership 41,439 (2013)[1]
Operation
Opening 1928
Owner San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Operator(s) San Francisco Municipal Railway
Character At grade & Underground
Rolling stock 151 Breda light rail vehicles
(high floor)
Technical
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
(standard gauge)
Electrification Overhead lines, 600 V DC
Route map

The N Judah is a Muni Metro light rail line in San Francisco, California, so named as it runs along Judah Street for much of its length, named after railroad engineer Theodore Judah.[2] It links downtown San Francisco to the Cole Valley and Sunset neighborhoods. It is the busiest line in the Muni Metro system, serving an average of 41,439 weekday passengers in 2013.[1] It was one of San Francisco's streetcar lines, beginning operation in 1928,[3] and was partially converted to modern light-rail operation with the opening of the Muni Metro system in 1980. While many streetcar lines were converted to bus lines after World War II, the N Judah remained a streetcar line due to its use of the Sunset Tunnel.

Route description[edit]

A Boeing LRV newly in service on the N Judah, on Duboce Avenue, in March 1980

The line runs from the Caltrain depot in the Mission Bay district to Ocean Beach and the Great Highway in the Sunset District. From the Caltrain depot at Fourth and King Streets, it runs along King Street and the Embarcadero, passing by AT&T Park. It then enters the Market Street Subway, which it shares with the five other Muni Metro lines. It exits the tunnel at Church Street and, after a brief stretch along Duboce Avenue to Duboce Park, enters the older Sunset Tunnel. This tunnel serves to avoid a hill and contains no underground stations. From the western end of the tunnel, the route goes along Carl Street, pass UCSF-Parnassus Campus, towards Irving Street, until it turns onto 9th Avenue for one block and reaches Judah Street, which the N runs on for the rest of its route. On Judah between 9th Avenue and 19th Avenue the N runs on a right-of-way that is slightly raised above the surrounding street. There is a loop in the intersection at Judah, La Playa and Great Highway that the N uses to turn around.

The N Judah line stops at large stations for the downtown section of the route and at smaller stops on the rest of the line. Most of the smaller stops consist of nothing more than a sign on the side of a street designating a stop, while other stops are concrete "islands" in the middle of a street next to the tracks that provide access for wheelchairs. Muni bus routes provide service to all downtown stations and other systems with access to the stations are noted.

Operation[edit]

N Judah train entering the eastern portal of the Sunset Tunnel

As with all Muni lines, service begins around 5 a.m. on weekdays, 6 a.m. on Saturdays, and 8 a.m. on Sundays and holidays. It operates at high frequencies, mainly between 7 to 12 minutes, and mostly utilizes two-car (150-foot (46 m)) trains during Muni Metro hours of operation. Late night service (after 12:55 a.m.) is provided by the N Owl diesel bus line. This line is generally the same as the daytime N Judah line, except it follows surface streets instead of going through the streetcar-only Market Street Subway and Sunset Tunnel. At the Ferry Portal at The Embarcadero and Folsom, it stays on The Embarcadero to Mission/Don Chee Way, then takes Steuart for one block and then turns onto Market Street, which it follows past all five underground stations served by the daytime N Judah line. It then takes Church, Hermann and Fillmore to get to Haight Street, where it bypasses the steep hill above the Sunset Tunnel, and serves the Lower Haight and Haight-Ashbury neighborhoods. It turns off Haight at Cole, and then rejoins the daytime N line at Carl.

Originally, after the debut of the T Third Line in 2007, N Judah service between Embarcadero and 4th & King/Caltrain was eliminated,[4] though service was restored soon afterwards due to rider outcry.[5] On December 5, 2009, SFMTA eliminated the portion of the N Judah line between Embarcadero and 4th & King/Caltrain on weekends and holidays. (That portion is still served by the T Third Street line.) N Owl service was not affected by this change.[6] Weekend service to the Caltrain depot was restored in October 2011.[7]

After concerns from riders of constant overcrowding of the trains on the N Judah line, Muni debuted an express bus route called the NX Judah Express on June 13, 2011.[8] Starting off as a pilot program, the NX (stylized as Nx) was intended to relieve overcrowding during rush hours every ten minutes. It follows the western end of the N Judah route from Ocean Beach to 19th Avenue, then operates nonstop from there to the Financial District where it stops at Bush and Montgomery Streets.

Station and stop listing[edit]

inbound to outbound

Station Neighborhood Other Muni
Metro lines
Notes
Handicapped/disabled access 4th & King Mission Bay T Third Street logo.svg* S Shuttle logo.svg Inbound terminus
Serves Caltrain; *Transfer made to T Third Street via separate platform nearby
Handicapped/disabled access 2nd & King Mission Bay T Third Street logo.svg S Shuttle logo.svg Serves AT&T Park
Handicapped/disabled access Brannan South Beach T Third Street logo.svg S Shuttle logo.svg Serves The Embarcadero
Handicapped/disabled access Folsom Financial District T Third Street logo.svg S Shuttle logo.svg Serves The Embarcadero
Handicapped/disabled access Embarcadero Financial District J Church logo.svg K Ingleside logo.svg L Taraval logo.svg M Ocean View logo.svg T Third Street logo.svg S Shuttle logo.svg Connects to F Market & Wharves and BART
Serves Ferry Building
Handicapped/disabled access Montgomery Street Financial District J Church logo.svg K Ingleside logo.svg L Taraval logo.svg M Ocean View logo.svg T Third Street logo.svg S Shuttle logo.svg Connects to F Market & Wharves and BART
Handicapped/disabled access Powell Street Financial District J Church logo.svg K Ingleside logo.svg L Taraval logo.svg M Ocean View logo.svg T Third Street logo.svg S Shuttle logo.svg Connects to F Market & Wharves and BART
Handicapped/disabled access Civic Center/UN Plaza Civic Center J Church logo.svg K Ingleside logo.svg L Taraval logo.svg M Ocean View logo.svg T Third Street logo.svg S Shuttle logo.svg Connects to F Market & Wharves and BART
Handicapped/disabled access Van Ness Civic Center and Tenderloin J Church logo.svg K Ingleside logo.svg L Taraval logo.svg M Ocean View logo.svg T Third Street logo.svg S Shuttle logo.svg Connects to F Market & Wharves
Handicapped/disabled access Duboce and Church Duboce Triangle J Church logo.svg Transfer made to J Church via separate platform nearby
Handicapped/disabled access Duboce and Noe Street
(Sunset Tunnel east portal)
Duboce Triangle serves nearby Duboce Park
Handicapped/disabled access Carl and Cole
(Sunset Tunnel west portal)
Haight-Ashbury
Carl and Stanyan Haight-Ashbury
Carl and Willard (outbound) Haight-Ashbury
Carl and Hillway Sunset District
Handicapped/disabled access Irving and Arguello (inbound)
Handicapped/disabled access Irving and 2nd Avenue (outbound)
Sunset District Serves UCSF Parnassus campus
Irving and 4th Avenue Sunset District
Irving and 7th Avenue Sunset District
Irving and 9th Avenue Sunset District
Handicapped/disabled access Judah and 9th Avenue Sunset District
Judah and 12th Avenue Sunset District
Judah and Funston Sunset District
Judah and 15th Avenue (inbound)
Judah and 16th Avenue (outbound)
Sunset District
Handicapped/disabled access Judah and 19th Avenue Sunset District intersects with Highway 1 (locally 19th Avenue)
Judah and 22nd Avenue (inbound)
Judah and 23rd Avenue (outbound)
Sunset District
Judah and 25th Avenue Sunset District
Judah and 28th Avenue Sunset District
Judah and 31st Avenue Sunset District
Judah and 34th Avenue Sunset District
Handicapped/disabled access Judah and Sunset Sunset District
Judah and 40th Avenue Sunset District
Judah and 43rd Avenue Sunset District
Judah and 46th Avenue Sunset District
Judah and 48th Avenue Sunset District
Handicapped/disabled access Judah and La Playa Sunset District Outbound terminus
serves Ocean Beach

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "TEP Route Data & Proposed Changes". San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  2. ^ "San Francisco Street Names". Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  3. ^ Nimmo, H. Arlo (2007). Good and Bad Times in a San Francisco Neighborhood: A History of Potomac Street and Duboce Park. San Francisco: October Properties. p. 16. ISBN 978-0-9814509-0-2. 
  4. ^ "Muni open to systemwide remedies". San Francisco Examiner. May 9, 2007. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  5. ^ Gordon, Rachel (June 4, 2007). "T-Third line causing delays, so officials consider new routes". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  6. ^ "Extensive Muni Service Changes Begin Smoothly". San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). December 5, 2009. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  7. ^ "SFMTA Launches Muni Improvements this Week". San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). October 18, 2011. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  8. ^ "SFMTA Board of Directors Makes NX Judah Express Bus and F Market Line Improvements Permanent". San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). December 6, 2011. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 

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