Full-color Muni Metro signs to soon replace red marquees
Updated 7:05 pm, Monday, December 4, 2017
Those 20th-century, alarm clock-esque red Muni Metro signs are being phased out.
New mezzanine and station platform signs are currently being "tested for functionality," San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency spokesperson Paul Rose confirmed last week. Photos of the signs have circulated on Reddit and social media.
Sharp-eyed commuters may have already noticed more of the colorful signs around underground Muni platforms. Rose said all the new signs should be up and functional by the middle of 2018, and they will be replacing the current signs in all Muni stations.
The color displays have been in the works for quite some time. According to a Bay City News report, they first were first unveiled in 2012 and were scheduled to be installed in 2014. They also come in a few different visual configurations, as a contemporaneous post on the public transit blog Muni Diaries detailed. Here's an explanation of one of them:
SFMTA at one point had a webpage that allowed people to give feedback on the layout of the new signs, but that page has been deactivated.
The contractor responsible for the signs is Blocka Construction Inc. The Fremont-based firm was awarded the $24 million contract in 2013, as part of a larger information systems contract, according to the Examiner.
Asked why there was a delay, Rose said that Muni has been working to "appropriately integrate the software with the automatic control system."
The new signage will also come with updated audio announcements, Rose added. No word yet of what Muni's new voice will sound like, but you could soon be saying goodbye to the harsh, computerized bark that now narrates your evening commute.