Muni’s T-Third line train is finally back on track — literally.
Starting Monday, April 1, trains will run again on the T line after a two-month service outage, during which buses ran in place of trains, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency announced Friday.
And though they’ll return on April Fool’s Day, the impact was no joke to the line’s 40,000 daily riders.
The trains were taken off the line in late January while the SFMTA rebuilt and extended a train boarding platform near the soon-to-be-complete Chase Center, the new home of the Golden State Warriors on Third Street.
When the arena is finally finished, thousands more riders will flock to that particular stop, which also serves UCSF Mission Bay. In response to the expected demand, SFMTA expanded its capacity to accommodate four two-car trains at once.
The now 320-foot platform won’t be complete until sometime in April, according to SFMTA.
The bus substitution was one of a handful since December, which weren’t always a smooth ride for SFMTA. Contractors missed some construction deadlines due to wet weather and other unexpected circumstances, according to SFMTA, which required longer than-expected bus substitutions.
Perhaps then it is not surprising that in January, when this last two-month bus substitution began, SFMTA did not give a certain date for work to be complete, and would only say it would be over near the end of March. They’ve met that deadline, on the nose.