Judah and La Playa station

Coordinates: 37°45′37″N 122°30′33″W / 37.76028°N 122.50913°W / 37.76028; -122.50913
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Judah and La Playa
N Judah
A train at Judah and La Playa in September 2019
General information
Other namesOcean Beach
LocationJudah Street at La Playa Street
San Francisco, California
Coordinates37°45′37″N 122°30′33″W / 37.76028°N 122.50913°W / 37.76028; -122.50913
Platforms1 mini-high platform
Tracks1 balloon loop
ConnectionsBus transport Muni: Nx
Bicycle facilitiesRacks
OpenedOctober 21, 1928[1]
Preceding station Muni Following station
Terminus N Judah Judah and 46th Avenue
towards 4th and King

Judah and La Playa station (often called Ocean Beach) is a light rail stop that serves as the western terminus of the Muni Metro N Judah line. It is located in the Sunset District neighborhood adjacent to the Great Highway and Ocean Beach. The station has functioned as the terminus of the N Judah line since October 21, 1928. The station has a mini-high platform which provides access to people with disabilities, but most passengers load trains from the street, crossing a lane of traffic to reach the sidewalks.

The stop is also served by the Nx bus, a weekday peak hours service that provides express service from the east end of the N Judah line to the Financial District, plus the N Bus and N Owl bus routes, which provide service along the N Judah line during the early morning and late night hours respectively when trains do not operate.[2]

Station layout[edit]

An outbound train arriving at the station

The station consists of a single-track balloon loop with a small handicapped-accessible platform on its southern side. Passengers not needing the accessible platform board and alight from trains east of the loop on the west side of 48th Avenue. A short siding, used to store and turn back trains, is located inside the loop and connects to the westbound track. When the loop is out of service, trains can turn back using a crossover between 48th Avenue and La Playa.[3]

In March 2014, Muni released details of the proposed implementation of their Transit Effectiveness Project (later rebranded MuniForward), which included a variety of stop changes for the N Judah line. Under that plan—which will be implemented as the N Judah Rapid Project—an inbound boarding island will be built at 48th Avenue, and an outbound transit bulb will be added at La Playa.[4]


  1. ^ Perles, Anthony (1981). The People's Railway: The History of the Municipal Railway of San Francisco. Interurban Press. p. 96. ISBN 0916374424.
  2. ^ "Muni Service Map". SFMTA. July 9, 2022. Retrieved December 2, 2022.
  3. ^ "Post Incident Summaries—June 2017". San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. June 2017.
  4. ^ "Chapter 3: Proposals by Route". Transit Effectiveness Project Implementation Workbook (PDF). San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. March 24, 2014. pp. 65–69.

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