A trash fire in a Muni tunnel 30 feet west of Van Ness Station forced thousands of subway riders into shuttle buses Wednesday morning.
Though the fire was small and the San Francisco Fire Department had extinguished it by about 8 a.m., only ten minutes after they responded to it, the fire effectively snarled the commutes of J-Church and N-Judah riders, among others.
K, L and M riders are already on shuttle buses each morning this month due to the Twin Peaks Tunnel closure, and were unaffected by the fire related subway delays.
Riders vented their frustration via social media. Twitter user @evie22eive said the delay was poorly communicated to riders.
“(I) was on a train sitting at a station for 7 minutes and couldn’t disembark. NO ANNOUNCEMENTS,” she tweeted frustratingly to Muni.
Between 8 a.m. and 8:40 a.m. subway riders took to the surface for shuttle buses, during which time Muni inspected the tunnel. The subway was cleared for service to resume by about 8:45 a.m., according to the transit agency.
The literal fire caps off weeks of figurative fires at Muni, as its parent organization the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency grapples with citywide service slowdowns, contractor issues, and fiery critique from Mayor London Breed.