West Portal station
Muni Metro trains at West Portal station in 2017
|Location||West Portal Avenue at Ulloa Street|
San Francisco, California
|Line(s)||Twin Peaks Tunnel|
|Platforms||2 side platforms|
|Connections||Muni: 48, 57, 91, L Owl|
|Opened||February 3, 1918|
West Portal station is a Muni Metro station in the West Portal neighborhood in San Francisco, California. It is built around the western entrance to the Twin Peaks Tunnel. The station consists of two side platforms, with the entrance at the western end. A non-accessible footbridge connects the platforms inside fare control.
Opening in 1918, the station originally was similar to a regular curbside stop at the entrance to the tunnel. But when streetcar system was partially converted to light rail in the late 1970s, the existing underground metro station was built in its place.
West Portal is a bottleneck for Muni Metro trains in all directions, as automobiles blocking train traffic momentarily can cause cascading delays. During the shutdown, new switches and a new control panel were installed to improve manual operation of the intersection. In 2019, parking control officers were assigned to direct traffic through the unsignaled intersection, which reduced delays by 40%.
- Perles, Anthony (1981). The People's Railway: The History of the Municipal Railway of San Francisco. Interurban Press. p. 70. ISBN 0916374424.
- "44 hurt after rail cars collide in San Francisco". CNN.com. 2009-07-18. Retrieved 2014-02-11.
- "Twin Peaks Tunnel Improvements". San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. June 25, 2018. Archived from the original on June 26, 2018.
- Swan, Rachel (February 25, 2019). "Muni puts bottleneck under microscope in effort to curb bus, rail delays". San Francisco Chronicle.
Media related to West Portal station at Wikimedia Commons
- SFMTA - West Portal Station inbound and outbound
- SFBay Transit (unofficial) - Metro West Portal Station
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