Muni has released videos in an effort to catch a copper wire thief who caused five hours of delays during the morning commute Friday morning.
Service on Muni’s N-Judah line was shut down in the Sunset Tunnel for almost three hours on Friday, because thieves stole valuable copper from the overhead wire inside the tunnel.
The shutdown occurred just after 5 a.m., and initially Muni officials tried to single-track its N-Judah lines through the tunnel, which runs from Duboce Park to Cole Valley. At 7:38 a.m., the transit agency elected to shut down the tunnel altogether to make the necessary repairs, according to Muni officials.
While the tunnel was shut down, Muni ran bus shuttles between Carl Street and Hillway Avenue and Church Street and Duboce Avenue. Regular inbound light-rail service switched at Carl and Hillway, and outbound service turned around at Church and Duboce.
John Haley, Director of Transit Operations, said that MTA shares the “anger and frustration” of riders who were inconvenienced by the five hour delay on Friday.
“The thousands of Muni customers who rely on the N-Judah each morning, and by extension those who use the Muni Metro Subway, were inconvenienced by a vicious act of vandalism and theft,” he said in a statement.