A Suggestion for N Judah Riders Returning From Downtown Today
It's a warm sunny day! It's going to be great weather this weekend! Annnnnnd.....it's also Critical Mass Day today. Um....whaa?
We all knew this was coming. There's no need to re-hash the monthly "Critical Mass: Evil or Not?" diatribes. Putting aside that, there's a real logistical problem for anyone who's downtown (or transferring from BART downtown to Muni) - the surface routes are more or less screwed, thus sending more people underground. It's also not a state secret that despite the demand for N-Judah service, Muni insists on running many empty J Church trains, and half-empty KLMs while N Judah riders are stuck waiting forever for super-crowded trains. (And, for fun, Muni loves to kick everyone out at 19th. ARGH!)
So, what to do if you're a westside person who tries to rely on the N to go home, and woudl especially like to not spend hours in the station waiting for Ns that will never show up?
There are a few options, but it depends on where you live. If you live in the Inner Sunset or thereabouts, you can always take one of the many KLM trains to Forest Hill, then get out and transfer to a 44, a 43, etc. If you live in the Outer Sunset, however, this isn't as much of an option. Likewise if you're going to the Inner or Outer Richmond, it too gets to be a bit much.
I'd be curious to hear what folks out there might suggest. Of course, if your time permits, you could stick around downtown, find a place to enjoy a (beer/coffee/tea/lemonade/water/whatever) and just let the madness pass by until your favorite street-based Muni line is free, but not everyone has that option.
As for me, this is one of the very few times I'm glad I work at home on Fridays. There are few upsides to working at home these days, but I take the few I can get!