As Muni experiences another meltdown, Twitter-sphere goes wild 

The Twitter-sphere was abuzz Tuesday morning with angry Muni passengers complaining about delays downtown to both aboveground and Muni Metro service.

Microbloggers lambasted Muni regarding a problem in the subway at the Van Ness Avenue station, and also to the F-Market streetcar line at Market and Fifth streets.

“WTF is up with muni this morning,” a Tweet from CALboi23 read. “From underground to d F line & now d bus... Ugh!!!”

But a spokesman for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said that as of 8:30 a.m., Muni Metro delays during the morning commute were only affecting outbound service, and that there were no problems to report on bus lines or aboveground streetcars in the downtown corridor.

“The only issue is mechanical issues with the system at Embarcadero, affecting trains going outbound,” spokesman Paul Rose said. “That’s causing them to run slower than normal, but we’re still moving.”

Inbound trains were running on schedule, Rose said.

However, there was a problem at about 7:30 a.m. at Van Ness Avenue station involving a train that had to be moved off the track, he said.

“That was moved and cleared in about an hour,” Rose said.

Reports via Twitter were not pleased with Tuesday’s morning service.

“Dear MUNI: thanks for making it to Van Ness before breaking down,” Tweeted Mike Pearce. “At least Bart was a shorter walk this time. I can always count on him.”

One passenger Tweeted that the wait was 40 minutes, adding, “guess it’s time to walk to work.”

According to Muni-centric blog, Muni Diaries, one woman had a station agent write a note to her employer admitting that Muni made her late to work.

"So, yes, I DID make them write me a late note when I finally got to Embarcadero station," the woman who called herself Kath told Muni Diaries. "I plan on doing this every time they make me late from now on. And I encourage you to do the same!"

The outrage persisted.

“Stuck on #MUNI subway in #sanfrancisco,” Tweeted Steven Brewster. “A usual situation. C’mon officials, fix this broken #transit system!!!”

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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