SF’s Cable Cars Say Goodbye (For Now)
UPDATE: Originally we reported that the cable cars were being replaced with buses on March 30th, but it turns out the cable cars had already been replaced on March 17th. The SFMTA sent out a press release on 3/26/20 that said “Effective Monday, March 30 the following lines will be operated on Muni buses: California Cable Car; Powell/Hyde Cable Car; and Powell/Mason Cable Car; F Market & Wharves.” – Turns out this was old information that the SFMTA forgot to remove from their press release.
Why Shut Down Cable Cars? It make sense that they need to replace the cable cars to help protect the conductors – especially in light of Muni reporting their first coronavirus case. Unlike buses which give the driver a safer place to operate from with a barrier from the public, the cable cars would have left the drivers right out in the open close to passengers. Plus, the cable cars, by nature, are crowded and require people to hang onto polls and touch surfaces. We’ll miss you cable cars and hope you’re back soon when it’s safe.
Considering the city-wide efforts to limit Coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission and changing ridership, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA) will be making some adjustments to Muni service to help us to focus resources where they are most needed. See the full list of updates.
The following lines will be operated on Muni buses: California Cable Car; Powell/Hyde Cable Car; and Powell/Mason Cable Car; F Market & Wharves
- The F Market & Wharves line will serve the waterfront only, i.e. between Beach/Jones and Don Chee Way;
- The F Construction Shuttle that providing service between Beach/Jones and Pier 39 will be cancelled;
- Regular bus fare will apply for cable car lines.
This is in addition to a bunch of other Muni changes:
There continue to be no special event shuttles which include 78X 16 Street Arena Express; 79X Van Ness Arena Express; and LRV AM and PM Shuttles.
The following routes have been discontinued until further notice: 1AX-California A Express; BX-California B Express; 5R-Fulton Rapid; 7X-Noriega Express; 9R-San Bruno Rapid; 14X-Mission Express; 28R –19th Avenue Rapid; 30X-Marina Express; 31AX-Balboa A Express; 31BX-Balboa B Express; 38AX-Geary A Express; 38BX-Geary B Express; 38R-Geary Rapid; 41-Union; 76X-Marin Headlands Express; 81X-Caltrain Express; 82X-Levi Plaza Express; 83X-Mid-Market Express; 88 BART Shuttle; NX-Express; and E-Embarcadero.
- Muni Metro subway stations will be closed, except for downtown stations which will remain open to customers taking BART during their operating hours. All LRV lines, J Church; K Ingleside/T Third Street; L Taraval; M Ocean View; and N Judah, will run on Muni buses using the same stops as early morning Metro bus service.
- The 5 Fulton will serve all local stops between Cabrillo/La Playa and Transit Center for all hours of service.
- The 9 San Bruno will serve all local stops between Sunnydale Ave/McLaren School and Main/Mission**
- **Note: The stop at Main and Mission streets is the terminal for the 9R San Bruno Rapid route.
- The 38 Geary (outbound service only) will be extended to 48th Avenue and Point Lobos Avenue after serving VA Hospital.
Effective Saturday, April 4, weekends:
The following routes and special event shuttles will continue to be cancelled: 76X-Marin Headlands Express; 78X 16 Street Arena Express; 79X Van Ness Arena Express; and LRV AM and PM Shuttles.
In addition to routes already cancelled, there will be no weekend service for the 47 Van Ness route. During weekends, the 49 Van Ness/Mission route will be extended between North Point to Fisherman’s Wharf to cover the segment when 47 Van Ness is not running.