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Rain Sparks San Francisco Metro Blues

Posted: Dec. 5th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
San Francisco Metro

It's hard to imagine San Francisco without its Metro subway in full swing, but residents were forced to endure the surface streets when their high-tech transit system blew a transformer after Sunday's rain storm. To compound matters, an unfortunate incident involving a woman in a wheelchair and an F-Market car further congested the streets.

A blown transformer at the Van Ness Muni Station in San Francisco caused the shutdown of the Metro subway system Monday evening.

Muni officials said the transformer blew at about 6 p.m. as a result of rain damage from Sunday's storm. Subway service had not reopened late Monday, but light-rail vehicles were running on surface lines in the western part of the city.

Also, cars on the F-Market line, which runs above ground, had been turned around at 11th Street for a time because of an earlier accident at Market and Dolores streets. The line was reopened at 8:35 p.m.

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