Muni delays caused by overhead wires 

Problems with overhead wires caused peak hour Muni light-rail service disruptions Thursday afternoon.

All Muni Metro lines – the J, K, T, L, M and N services – experienced rolling delays and some gaps in service, according to Muni spokesman Judson True.

Overhead wire problems near Taraval and 36th avenues damaged the pantographs of several light rail vehicles, according to True. The pantograph is the device that connects with the overhead power line.

Damage to the pantographs caused light rail vehicles to become stuck at several locations in the system, including West Portal, Castro and Civic Center stations, according to True.

Bus shuttles were providing substitute service on the L line, True said at 5:45 p.m. in a statement.

The overhead wire problem had been fixed and all affected vehicles had been cleared by 5:45 p.m., according to True.

Several light rail vehicles had to be backed out of West Portal station to allow a damaged vehicle to be removed from the tunnel entrance, according to Muni spokeswoman Kristen Holland.

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