Most intercity connections are provided by BART and Caltrain heavy rail, AC Transit buses at the Transbay Terminal, and Golden Gate Transit and SamTrans downtown. This project is expected to cost about $1.4 billion. [86] 9 hours 30 minutes. Four of the ten trips took longer than 40 minutes, and the best time was 15 minutes. Read more. In an effort to improve service, Muni began to replace its troublesome fleet of Boeing-Vertol light rail vehicles with newer Italian Breda light rail vehicles in late 1996. [2] The cost per mile was approximately US$40,000 (equivalent to $1,140,000 in 2019), based on a total cost of $2 million for 49.3 miles (79.3 km) of rail, comparable to the average cost per rail mile based on railroads built nationwide through 1861. [4][11]:214, The line was completed as a single track with no tunnels and only a few bridges, the longest of which was a 240-foot (73 m) trestle over Islais Creek. Die San Francisco Municipal Railway, kurz „Muni“, ist der kommunale Verkehrsbetrieb der Stadt San Francisco. [11]:214 SP upgraded the line in the early 20th century by laying down a second track and building several alternative routes and shortcuts, including the Dumbarton Cutoff, which created the first bridge across San Francisco Bay; and the Bayshore Cutoff, which rerouted the line between San Francisco and San Bruno to the east of San Bruno Mountain, along the San Francisco Bay shoreline. [12], The Daily Alta California (October 1863) called this SF&SJ segment the westernmost portion of the transcontinental Pacific Railroad, with another section planned by the Western Pacific Railroad Company to connect San Jose with Sacramento, where it would join with the Central Pacific's rail line being built then east to Truckee. [147] The first of the new cars was delivered in November 2017[148] with plans to finish the replacement of the entire fleet by 2027. Das bei Touristen beliebte Verkehrsmittel ist eines der wenigen beweglichen National Historic Landmarks in den Vereinigten Staaten und ist die einzige verbliebene Kabelstraßenbahn der Welt mit entkoppelbaren Wagen. In the 1950s and 1960s, the regional BART system was conceived as a much more extensive system than was eventually built, with plans for express trains through San Francisco and local service within San Francisco. [2], The railroad cut what had previously been an eight-hour trip by "steamboat and stagecoach" to three-and-a-half hours. Some lines are divided into A and B Expresses. Description Additional information Description. In September 1982, the cable car system was shut down for 21 months for rebuilding, and there were massive line reorganizations as Muni restructured their route network to provide stronger cross-town services. BART and Capitol Corridor unveil Link21 Program to transform rail experience in Northern California. The 2010s started with severe cuts to Muni service. [101] Following national trends, Muni replaced most of its rail lines with trolleybus service in the succeeding decades. SKU: 82 Category: Books Tags: railways, san francisco. [2] With the Civil War consuming men and material, iron suppliers were only willing to deal with cash, not credit, and several members of the SF&SJ board of directors, including Peter Donahue, Henry Newhall, and Charles Polhemus used their personal influence and effort to secure material for the railroad. The Union Pacific Railroad maintains trackage rights over the line for freight traffic. [4] The first train left Mission Station at approximately 10:30 AM consisting of six passenger cars, two baggage cars, and one freight car pulled by two locomotives carrying approximately 400 passengers. [4], With the exception of the single 0-4-0 switcher, number 8, all SF&SJ locomotives were the American 4-4-0 type typical of that era. Browse the store. [2] However, the actual cash on hand was limited to the amount contributed by the three counties and approximately $100,000 from individual subscribers. A few lines with dedicated rights-of-way (including those serving the Twin Peaks and Sunset tunnels) continued as rail lines running 1940s-era PCC streetcars through the 1970s. San Francisco Railway Museum • On the F-Line • Steuart St. Stop San Francisco is one of the few places in the world where you can get the actual experience of riding vintage rail transit in its “natural habitat” — the rumble of the motors under your feet, the swaying of the car itself, the smell of the brakes. [4] Each engine cost US$15,000 (equivalent to $310,000 in 2019) and could haul six passenger cars; the passenger cars cost US$3,500 (equivalent to $70,000 in 2019) each and had a seated capacity of sixty passengers; the freight cars each cost approximately US$1,200 (equivalent to $20,000 in 2019). Three years later in 1912, the city declined to renew the franchise that bestowed cable car operator Geary Street, Park & Ocean Railway the privilege of operating on Geary Street, and converted the line into a municipal electric streetcar line,[96][97] the first line of Muni. Streetcars do not utilize tunnel segments and the F line utilizes infrastructure optimized for trolleybuses along Market Street (the former routing of all downtown streetcar lines before the formation of Muni Metro). Muni is an integral part of public transit in the city of San Francisco, operating 365 days a year and connecting with regional transportation services, such as Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Caltrain, SamTrans, Golden Gate Transit, and AC Transit. Public sentiment again turned to the idea of constructing a railroad in 1857–58[2] and a new San Francisco and San Jose Railroad Company was incorporated in late 1859 with the idea to raise public funds by putting a referendum to the voters of the three counties served (San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara) asking them to purchase a total of US$900,000 (equivalent to $25,610,000 in 2019) in stock of the new company. [88], Since the passage of Proposition E in November 1999, Muni has been part of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), a semi-independent city agency created by that ballot measure. Nummerierte [138] After the difficult cuts in 2010, city leaders cited the "Transit Effectiveness Project", later rebranded as "Muni Forward", as a priority for improving service on Muni. [158] A similar splice that failed in April 2019 in the Market Street Subway between Powell and Civic Center disrupted services system-wide for more than 12 hours,[159] and led Mayor London Breed to seek a replacement for Muni head Ed Reiskin. Repeat Visit to San Francisco Railway Museum, San Francisco I made a repeat visit to the San Francisco Railway Museum. The transponders have been in use since at least 2004,[20] and replaced most paper monthly passes in 2010. In addition, several projects are underway to improve the effectiveness of existing lines, many as a part of the Muni Forward initiative. Muni Metro services, with an over 90% decline in riders, were replaced by bus bridges on March 30 to streamline sanitation procedures. [11], Muni is short for the "Municipal" in "San Francisco Municipal Railway" and is not an acronym; thus, when it is written in plain text, only Muni (not MUNI) is correct. Its inaugural run was August 30, 1865, during which it set a speed record of 67 miles per hour (108 km/h). In 1970, Muni also suffered a severe diesel bus crisis. Fare Calculator. Other expansion plans include electrification of some diesel bus lines, with the most likely lines for conversion being the 9-San Bruno, 10-Townsend and 47-Van Ness. One fare entitles a rider to unlimited vehicle transfers for the next 120 minutes. [151], Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, ridership numbers had dropped 70–90% across the system. Along with the routes and equipment, Muni adopted its competitor's more expensive seven-cent fare. Today, Caltrain and the Union Pacific Railroad continue to operate trains over the company's original route. [92][93] On November 13, 2019, the agency announced that Jeffrey Tumlin would take over as the new director on December 16, 2019. "[citation needed], Muni's logo is a stylized, trademarked "worm" version of the word muni. 4 Jahre nach dem ersten Versuch werden mehrere Linien ausgebaut und der Antrieb wird von Pferden auf Dampfmaschinen umgestellt. Up to 20 of these vintage vehicles carry passengers along Market Street and The Embarcadero every day. August 13, 2014 April 28, 2020 Rick Laubscher $ 21.99 + CART. In 1909, voters approved a municipal rail line down Geary. The trolley bus fleet was in good order and had excess capacity at the time so Muni improvised a few temporary services with them to help out. [190], Public transport company in San Francisco, California, USA, 1970s and '80s: Construction and reorganization. In October 1863, the line had only been partially completed between the Mission and Mayfield stations; the Daily Alta noted the SF&SJ had been negotiating with the Market Street Railway and speculated the SF&SJ might use the Market Street Railway approach to Fourth Street in San Francisco. Out of necessity most of the fleet, 330 standard bus equivalents out of 506, were replaced in just two years in 1985–6. [2] The company reorganized on October 29, 1853, just before the expiration of the construction permit, and US$2,000,000 (equivalent to $61,460,000 in 2019) of stock was drawn up for sale, but an untimely downturn in the economy meant no investors were forthcoming.[2]. Several extensions to existing trolleybus lines are planned, including 14-Mission service to the Daly City BART station, 6-Haight-Parnassus service to West Portal Station, 33-Ashbury-18th service across Potrero Hill to Third Street, 45-Union-Stockton service to the Letterman Digital Arts Center in the Presidio and 24-Divisadero service into the former Hunters Point shipyard. [105] Anticipating the return of permanent streetcar service on Market Street, Muni began rehabilitating tracks in 1987, a process that culminated in the opening of the F line in 1995. 11 hours. Es ist ein kostenloses Museum in der Nähe des Stadtteils Ferry Building, in dem die Geschichte der Straßenbahnen von San Francisco erzählt wird. Electrification of the 10-Townsend line would likely be joined by an extension of the line across Potrero Hill to San Francisco General Hospital. The steepest grade climbed by Muni vehicle is 23.1% by a diesel bus on the 67 Bernal Heights line, 22.8% by a trolleybus on the 24 Divisadero line, 21% by a cable car on the Powell-Hyde line, and 9% by a streetcar on the J Church line. [2] The two trains proceeded together to San Jose just after 1:00 PM, and were greeted by a thirteen-gun salute upon arrival. The shortest route is the peak-hour only 88 BART Shuttle at 1.4 miles (2.3 km), while the shortest off-peak route is the 39 Coit at 1.6 miles (2.6 km). [188][189], The SFMTA is also studying a bus rapid transit route on the Geneva-Harney corridor on the southeast side of the city. As of July 2019 monthly passes cost $81 for adults ($98 with BART privileges within city limits), $40 for low-income residents ("Life Line Pass"),[17] or $40 for youth, seniors and the disabled. They would arrange for mid-life rebuilds to keep the buses more serviceable in their final years. Most San Francisco natives use 'Muni' when speaking about the system (Metro & buses) in general. Latest news. San Francisco's network of fuel-efficient Muni buses, light rail Metro trains, historic streetcars and iconic cable cars covers all corners of the city. [2] The second train departed at 11:15 AM after adding several cattle cars to accommodate the estimated 700–800 passengers; that second train stopped briefly in San Mateo to take on fuel and water, and proceeded past waiting passengers at Redwood City and Mountain View, arriving in Santa Clara by 12:45 PM. [12] This logo was designed by San Francisco-based graphic designer Walter Landor in the mid-1970s.[13]. Muni adopted some policies to alleviate future service issues due to an aged fleet. At the heart of the concept: A second rail crossing between San Francisco and Oakland, carrying BART and other regional train lines and giving the system enough capacity to … [1] It opened the first portion of its route in 1863, completing the entire 49.5-mile (80 km) route in 1864. Formerly run for the Historic Trolley Festival, in the 1980s, regular service of heritage equipment began in 1995. In November 1999 San Francisco voters passed Proposition E setting standards for performance of having at least an 85% on-time record[84] A railroad between San Francisco and San Jose was planned as early as 1849–50, leading to the creation of The Pacific and Atlantic Railroad Company (P&A) on September 6, 1851. With a fleet average speed of 8.1 mph (13.0 km/h), it is the slowest major urban transit system in America and one of the most expensive to operate, costing $19.21 per mile per bus and $24.37 per mile per train. This was fourteen years after the previous cycle instead of the twelve years that buses are designed to last. [89][90][91] On April 29, 2019, Director Reiskin announced that he would step down at the end of his contract in August 2019. Weekday mode share on Muni services in 2019, Muni operates about 1,000 vehicles: diesel, electric, and hybrid electric transit buses, light rail vehicles, streetcars, historic streetcars, and cable cars. [109] Alcatel and Muni instead blamed delays on malfunctioning train cars. undergoing environmental review. "Passports" are folding scratch-off passes that can be purchased by mail, or at various places throughout the city; they are good on all regular-service lines without surcharge, including cable cars. Sie betreibt die Stadtbahnen der Muni Metro, den Oberleitungsbus San Francisco, die San Francisco Cable Cars, die historischen Straßenbahnlinien F Market & Wharves und E Embarcadero sowie zahlreiche Dieselbuslinien. The two major routes that operate on the corridor, the 38 Geary and 38R Geary Rapid, travel 6.5 miles (10.5 km) in the east–west direction along the Geary corridor, and has an average speed of only 8 miles per hour (13 km/h),[80] taking over 50 minutes to travel from the Richmond District to the Transbay Terminal when operating on schedule. [8] In February 1864, the SF&SJ advertised regular passenger service on four trains per day, with the trip scheduled to take two hours, twenty minutes each way. At Powell and Market Streets and California and Market Streets, three types of rail gauges come within a few hundred feet of each other: Bay Area Rapid Transit's 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm) broad gauge (which is underground in the lower level of the tunnels), Muni Metro's 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge (also underground in the upper level of the tunnels), and the San Francisco cable car system's 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) narrow gauge (at street level a few hundred feet away to the north of Market Street in both cases). In 2013 the performance hit an all-time low of 57%, the on-time performance improved to 60% in January 2014, 60% in February 2014, and 60% in March 2014. These improvements plunged Muni into direct competition with the URR on the entire length of Market Street. Except for cable cars, cash fares are $3.00 for adults; $1.50 for seniors over 65, youth aged 5–18, people with disabilities, and Medicare card holders; and free for low- and moderate-income seniors, youth aged 5–18, people with disabilities residing in San Francisco, and up to three kids under 5 per adult. Three trunk diesel lines were converted to trolley bus service in the next twelve years. [161] On September 19, 2020, the 30-Stockton was extended to Sports Basement in The Presidio to accommodate longer, 60 foot buses along the entire route. Visit us Visit us Rider info. Nathaniel Ford, executive director of Muni, said that the "marketing group has done an outstanding job making the key boarding areas more attractive and inviting for residents and our guests. The St. Louis–San Francisco Railway was incorporated in Missouri on September 7, 1876. Because of San Francisco's geographical makeup (the city having neighborhoods located on hilltop-like areas, making it difficult for vehicles to drive up or down the streets), Muni operators were banned from using low-floor buses on certain routes with streets requiring buses or trolleybuses that are capable of reaching steep grades, but as of 2013, high-floor vehicles are no longer available to be purchased by Muni. Many of these had been amalgamated into the United Railroads of San Francisco (URR) company. [112] On Friday, August 28, 67 of the 131 LRVs (55 Boeing and 12 Breda) in the Muni Metro fleet were out of service for the morning commute; Mayor Brown personally rode from Civic Center to Embarcadero in the afternoon to experience the chaos for himself. Construction on a sixth light rail line from Caltrain Depot in Mission Bay to Visitacion Valley and Bayview/Hunters Point was completed in December 2006. [124][125], On October 8, 2007, SFMTA's cable car signs were awarded the AdWheel Award as the best in print promotion by the American Public Transportation Association. Popular: Booked by 1,561 travelers! This leaves a legacy of the inadequate 38-Geary bus serving these neighborhoods. As you climb through the heart of the Rockies, and further west through the snow-capped Sierra Nevadas, you may find it hard to disagree. List of Peninsula Commute locomotives § San Francisco and San Jose Railroad Locomotives (1863-1870), "A history of the Chinese in California: A syllabus. The diesel 82-Chinatown was replaced with short runs of the 30-Stockton. [113] Muni riders abandoned the underground system for carpools, taxis, buses, and F-Market streetcars after LRVs were delayed and stopped with no communication as to when they would resume service; transit times from 4th and Irving to Powell swelled to 120 minutes. 60 Reviews. In order to preserve planned compatibility with transcontinental rail traffic, the line was laid at what is now standard gauge width using redwood ties and 50-pound-per-yard (25 kg/m) rail. The test period started on December 12, 2007, and ended on January 8, 2008. [158] Some additional bus routes have started to be restored throughout Fall 2020 and into 2021 to address overcrowding and increasing ridership including new short routes on the 1-California, 5-Fulton, and 14R Mission Rapid. The project was launched in a context in which twenty-five years had passed since the last comprehensive review, and travel patterns had changed, traffic congestion had increased, operating costs had risen and on-time performance had dropped since then. Die San Francisco Cable Cars bilden die Kabelstraßenbahn in San Francisco, Kalifornien. And seven years passed without any new buses coming on board before Muni started its next full diesel fleet replacement cycle in 1999. [167], Service improvements for existing rail routes that are underway include the N Judah Rapid Project[168] and L Taraval Improvement Project. The center opened to the public in summer 2018. But the trolleys could only go where their wires went. Most bus lines are scheduled to operate every five to fifteen minutes during peak hours, every five to twenty minutes middays, about every ten to twenty minutes from 9 pm to midnight, and roughly every half-hour for the late night "owl" routes. However, complaints of unreliability, especially on less-often-served lines and older (pre-battery backup) trolleybus lines, are a system-wide problem. System consists of seven lines and 48 stations. Hereafter the citizens of San José and those of San Francisco will be neighbors, while the little county of San Mateo extends one hand over the iron track to her proud city sister of San Francisco, and the other to her charming rural sister of Santa Clara, and enfolds them in an embrace that can never be broken. The first modern Muni shelter was installed in front of the War Memorial Opera House in 1987. [citation needed], The E Embarcadero and F Market & Wharves lines are referred to by Muni as a "historic streetcar line" rather than as a "heritage railway. [14] Clipper card and MuniMobile fares are $2.50 for adults and $1.25 for seniors, youth, and people with disabilities. The San Francisco Municipal Railway (SF Muni or Muni) is the public transit system for the city and county of San Francisco, California. [6] In ridership terms, Muni is the seventh largest transit system in the United States, with 210,848,310 rides in 2006[7] and the second largest in California behind Metro in Los Angeles. The 8 Bayshore, as the 8X Bayshore Express, was the only Express route that ran daily until April 25, 2015, the date where it is no longer an Express route. The Southern Pacific Railroad (SP) acquired the company in March 1868,[3] and the Southern Pacific and Central Pacific were consolidated as the Southern Pacific on October 12, 1870,[3] nearly seven years to the day after the first trains ran between San Francisco and Menlo Park. The company was consolidated with the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1870. Fare not listed; estimated at approximately $0.05 per mile over ten miles, slightly higher per-mile rate for rides less than ten miles. And they would work to reduce the role of diesels in the total operation. "[126], On November 15, 2007, city officials announced that they were looking into the possibility of adding double-decker buses to the Muni fleet, which would be operating mostly on the 38 Geary and the 14 Mission routes. The practice already existed in the Muni Metro as Proof-of-Payment, and was expanded to include all bus service. Best of Train: Subscribe here: Music video by Train performing Save Me San Francisco (Live on Letterman). [139] In April 2015, the SFMTA launched the implementation of Muni Forward. [citation needed], Bus and car stops throughout the city vary from Metro stations with raised platforms in the subway and at the more heavily used surface stops, to small shelters to signposts to simply a yellow stripe on a utility pole or on the road surface. [104] The service became so popular that the festival was repeated for several years following. Railways of San Francisco. The acting Director of Transportation of the SFMTA since August 15, 2019 has been Thomas Maguire, appointed by the SFMTA Board as the interim replacement for Director of Transportation Edward Reiskin. [2] A new SF&SJ incorporated on August 18, 1860[3] with San Francisco industrialist Peter Donahue stepping in as treasurer, choosing his friends Judge Timothy Dame as president and Henry Newhall, a successful San Francisco auctioneer, as vice-president, and placing the company headquarters in San Francisco. [4] Among the passengers enjoying that day's excursion were two Governors: Leland Stanford of California and A. C. Gibbs of Oregon. The third locomotive was built in Massachusetts by Mason Machine Works, and weighed 30 tons. 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The new line, named the T Third Street, consisted of 19 new high-platform stations at street-level. The ConnectSF planning project, a cooperation between several city agencies including Muni, is also preparing plans for future subway and rapid transit corridor expansion. These lines became the foundation of the Muni Metro. [14], Muni has implemented a dual-mode smart card payment system known as Clipper (formerly TransLink). The agency, into which Muni, the Department of Parking and Traffic, and the Taxicab Commission were merged, is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the Board of Supervisors. Explore the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California — the unsurpassed scenery and sights of the area are truly an unforgettable experience for visitors and locals alike. [15][a] Cable cars are $8[16] one way, with no transfers, unless the rider has a Muni Passport or a Muni monthly pass.