SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS / BCN) — San Francisco Municipal Railway’s Muni Metro service was restored Friday after it was disrupted for most of the day due to the derailment of a light-rail vehicle near the Castro station, a Muni spokesman said.

The derailment of an outbound vehicle, one headed away from downtown San Francisco, was reported around 6:35 a.m., spokesman Paul Rose said.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

The vehicle was not cleared until around 4:30 p.m. as crews repaired the vehicle and assessed the damage to it and the surrounding infrastructure, Rose said.

“We’re going to have to get the train back on the tracks and out of the way, and take a look at it back at the shop to assess what caused the derailment,” Rose said Friday afternoon.

Customers traveling outbound between the Castro and West Portal stations on the K-Ingleside, L-Taraval and M-Ocean View lines were taken by bus shuttle between the two stations while the derailed vehicle was being cleared.

Bus shuttles were scheduled to keep operating throughout the evening commute.

Inbound service toward downtown “may be slower than normal, but is operational,” Rose said.

The N-Judah and J-Church lines were operating normally, he said.

The cause of the derailment remains under investigation.

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