S Shuttle

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S Shuttle
S Shuttle logo.svg
S Shuttle train at Embarcadero station, October 2017.JPG
A 2-Car S Shuttle train at Embarcadero station in 2017.
OwnerSan Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
LocaleSan Francisco, California
TerminiEmbarcadero station
West Portal station
TypeLight rail
SystemMuni Metro
Operator(s)San Francisco Municipal Railway
OpenedApril 2, 2001 (2001-04-02)
Track gauge4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
(standard gauge)
ElectrificationOverhead lines, 600 V DC
Route diagram

UpperLeft arrow Bay Area Rapid Transit | Up arrow N Judah T Third Street
Left arrow F Market & Wharves | K Ingleside M Ocean View
San Francisco Ferry Building Bay Area Rapid Transit
Bay Area Rapid Transit
Union Square/​Market Street
Bay Area Rapid Transit
Civic Center
Bay Area Rapid Transit
Van Ness
F Market & Wharves
to surface tracks on
Market Street (closed 1982)
Eureka Valley
Forest Hill
West Portal
T Third Street
L Taraval to SF Zoo

The S Shuttle is a light rail line in the Muni Metro system in San Francisco, California. The service began in 2001 as the S Castro Shuttle, an effort to deal with crowding at Castro station. It was discontinued in 2007 when the T Third Street line was opened. Service went further to St. Francis Circle station in 2013, but cut back to West Portal station in 2016.

History[change | change source]

An S Shuttle train crossing over near West Portal station in 2017.

Muni introduced the S Castro Shuttle. This aimed to reduce crowding at the busy Castro station. The service began on April 2, 2001. At this time it was running only at peak hours on weekdays.[1]

Service changes[change | change source]

A lot of service changes took place with the start of full service on the T Third Street line on April 7, 2007. The new line was routed through the subway to Castro station. It replaced the S Castro Shuttle; changes were also made to the J Church, N Judah, and several bus lines.[2] The changes were unpopular with the public; the Muni Metro changes caused big delays in the Market Street subway, and forced many users to transfer to reach the Caltrain station when they did not back then.

Reversing changes[change | change source]

On June 30, 2007, Muni reversed some of the changes. The J, N, and S were restored to their previous routes. And the T was combined with the K Ingleside line.[3][4][5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Chapter 3: Transportation Analysis". Transbay Terminal / Caltrain Downtown Extension / Redevelopment Project EIS/EIR (PDF). Federal Transit Administration. March 2004. pp. 3–10.
  2. "Discover the T-Third" (PDF). San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. 2007. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 14, 2007.
  3. "SFMTA announces service changes effective June 30, 2007" (Press release). San Francisco Transportation Agency. June 30, 2007. Archived from the original on June 24, 2007.
  4. "Chapter 3: Transportation Analysis". Central Subway Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement / Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (PDF). Vol. 1. Federal Transit Administration. September 2008. pp. 3–9.
  5. "S Inbound Weekday". 511 SF Bay. Archived from the original on September 24, 2012.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to S Shuttle at Wikimedia Commons