SAN FRANCISCO (BCN)—San Francisco’s busiest light-rail line got a little less crowded today with the introduction of additional “shuttle trains” in the busiest section of the route during peak times, according to San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency officials.
Launched this morning at an event attended by Supervisor London Breed, new two-car shuttle trains will operate on the N Judah line, making two trips during morning and evening peak hours between Embarcadero and Hillway Avenue near the University of California at San Francisco.
The additional trains will allow the line, which carries approximately 50,000 riders a day, to carry up to 500 more people during those crucial peak hours.
John Haley, director of transit for the SFMTA, said the number one complaint from passengers on the N Judah line is crowding, especially for those who board in areas east of UCSF. Trains regularly pass up riders during peak hours because there is no more room.
“What it means for people at stops like Carl and Cole streets is that they can get on a train,” Haley said. “People will not only be able to board there but in some cases they will be able to find a seat.”
Muni officials are looking at other measures to alleviate crowding over the next few months such as adding a shuttle train to the subway system to alleviate peak hour crowding at the three busiest downtown stops, and adding more trains to the N Judah line, Haley said.