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Service resumes Saturday on several Muni metro and bus lines after being suspended for five months due to COVID-19 by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

Some of the restored lines have been modified to support essential workers and people running essential errands like grocery shopping or going to medical appointments.

Bus routes returning include the 7-Haight-Noriega, 37-Corbett, 45-Union Stockton, 48-Quintara and 67-Bernal Heights. Lines being extended include 12-Pacific Community Shuttle, 30-Stockton, 44-O’Shaugnessy and 54-Felton.

Other changes include extra weekend service on the 28-19th Avenue line and more frequent buses on the 8-Bayshore, 9-San Bruno, 9R San Bruno Rapid, 12-Pacific Community Shuttle, 14-Mission, 19-Polk, 22-Fillmore, 24-Divisadero, 25-Treasure Island, 28-19th Avenue, 29-Sunset, 43-Masonic, and 44-O’Shaughnessy.

In another change, bus operators will aim to space buses evenly along routes.

Muni metro changes include a new high-frequency shuttle that will run in the subway tunnel from West Portal to Embarcadero stations. Also, the M-Oceanview will be combined with the T-Third Street line, and the L-Taraval and K-Ingleside lines will be combined on the surface and will no longer enter the subway at West Portal Station. The J-Church will also stop running in the subway and will terminate instead at Market Street.

The returned service will also come with new safety protocols, like a mobile cleaning program to ensure that buses and trains are cleaned throughout the day as the lines are running, rather than solely at the bus and rail yards. Muni riders are also required to wear face coverings while on trains and buses and to at board vehicles’ back doors, except if they use wheelchairs.