Power Outage Open Thread

Although the traffic light was working on Market at Kearny, the signal up the street at Post was still flashing red, leading to this backup. Photo: Chris Urlich
Although the traffic light was working on Market at Kearny, the signal up the street at Post was still flashing red, leading to this backup. Photo: Chris Urlich

San Francisco was hit by a major power outage Friday that impacted Muni bus services and temporarily closed the Montgomery Street BART station. Traffic in downtown was snarled into the evening thanks to traffic lights in various locations that were flashing red.

According to a BART advisory at the time of this post, the Montgomery station is now open but the escalators remain out. SFMTA reports that cable car service is out and 5R bus service is now resuming.

Meanwhile, various media outlets are reporting that some 90,0000 customers were without power this morning, but that most service is now restored. The outage is being associated with a fire at an electrical substation in the Tenderloin. The SF Examiner reported that “nearly a third of the 1,200 traffic lights in San Francisco went out and 300 traffic control officers along with police traffic units had to be called out to direct traffic.”

Meanwhile, PG&E’s Outage Map was also down.

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No, PG&E, this page is not helpful.

Were you stuck in downtown during the outage? What was your experience? Post below.

  • davistrain

    Although Muni has its own power source from the Hetch Hetchy hydroelectric system, the power line from the plant ends at a substation in Newark CA, and PG&E “wheels” the energy from there to The City, where PG&E distributes it to Muni substations, the Cable Car power house, and various municipal buildings.

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