Who We Are
Restore the J is an independent, not-for-profit workgroup focused on restoring direct service to downtown on the J Church route.
Restore the J to Downtown!
End the Forced Transfer!
Listen to the community!
SFMTA cut direct service to downtown on the J Church during the pandemic and wants to make it permanent.
Riders now are forced to transfer at Market St. when going to or coming from downtown.
M Ocean View direct service was also cut but was restored due to community pressure.
Why did SFMTA cut service?
Service was cut based on old information.
Pre-pandemic transit usage, with too many trains in the subway, was the basis for cutting service.
Current transit usage is significantly less because of extensive work-at-home options.
Who did SFMTA involve in this decision?
The cut was made without good-faith community involvement.
MTA conducted inadequate outreach to community members affected by the service cuts.
MTA instead had private discussions with eight businesses near the Church/Market transfer point.
Who does this affect?
Everyone, but seniors, families, and individuals with special needs are disproportionately affected.
The forced transfer at Church and Market St. is dangerous—especially at night or in bad weather.
Obstacles include heavy traffic, crisscrossing train tracks, and unreliable elevators and escalators.
Why didn’t SFMTA ask the community?
SFMTA knew community members would be opposed if they were asked.
The community overwhelmingly supports keeping direct access to downtown.
68% of respondents opposed the forced transfer according to MTA's Transfer Improvement Survey dated September 15, 2021.
Create transit options based on current rider patterns.
Involve the community early-and-often, while developing transit options.
Keep community perspectives at the heart of the decision-making process.