SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) – A brief power outage in San Francisco Municipal Railway’s central control system Thursday caused major delays to the Muni Metro service, a spokesman said.

The outage was reported at 11:56 a.m. and power was restored around noon, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

However, the outage caused extensive residual delays in the downtown subway and forced Muni to provide supplemental service via bus shuttles that are taking customers between the Embarcadero and West Portal stations, Rose said.

As of 2:30 p.m., trains continued to go slowly through the subway, and the bus shuttles were still in place, he said.

The cause of the outage was under investigation, he said.

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Comments (2)
  1. A. Lane says:

    One thing that MUNI does well is to be disorganized as they were again when this outage occurred. If anyone MUNI official mentioned the outage it was not immediate and telling passengers to go to the surface to catch buses was not clear.

  2. Bianca says:

    There was another problem this morning November 8, I arrived at the west portal station and people were running to buses but no information was given/
    When we arrived by bus to Castro not once did the driver told us that we all needed to get off the train. The SFMTA web site did not report any issue or delay.

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