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SF’s Cable Cars Resume Revenue Service on Sept. 4

Ding! Ding! Cable cars will be back in service after more than a year
By - posted 9/3/2021 No Comment
By Pamela Johnson, SFMTA

All aboard? Ding! Ding! A familiar sound is in the air again. It’s time to experience San Francisco once more with a ride on one of the city’s landmark cable cars. When was the last time you were on board? Shop, dine, and visit your favorite destinations along the cable car line and support the reopening of San Francisco’s economy.

On September 4, 2021, San Francisco’s historic cable cars will return to revenue service after an unprecedented shut down of more than a year as part of the city’s emergency response to protect operators and the public during the Covid-19 pandemic. Coincidentally, this reopening marks the 148th year of cable car operations in San Francisco.

Rebooting the cable car system required significant work. As the cars had been out of service since March 17, 2020, we had to recertify and hire new line inspectors and prepare the cable cars’ historic infrastructure to accommodate service. Cable car testing began with the Powell-Hyde line in July. In August, the SFMTA announced that free test rides would be offered to the public on all three lines as we worked out possible kinks in the system, leading to this month’s return of the landmark cable cars.

Read more at SFMTA.