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California Street Cable Car upgrades to begin this week

California Street Cable Car

Cable car at California and Drumm.

On September 16, the SFMTA and Department of Public Works will begin infrastructure improvements on the California Street cable car line, the first such upgrade carried out since the major 1982-1984 rehabilitation of the cable car system.  In the first phase of the project over the next few months, sewers will be repaired and replaced, and ADA curb ramps will be installed at most intersections along the cable car’s 17-block route between Drumm and Van Ness.  Then, beginning in January 2011 and extending into the summer, switches, track, and electrical components of the cable car line will be replaced.  Alarm sensors and communication cables will be installed, and the street will be resurfaced.  Completing this second phase of the project will require shutting down cable car service and using bus substitution.  The project budget includes $19 million for the cable car work, $3.5 million for street resurfacing and improvements, and $1 million for sewer work.



5 thoughts on “California Street Cable Car upgrades to begin this week

  1. Will these substitute buses also cost $5 a pop?

    Posted by Joel | 19 September 2010, 10:24 am
  2. probably not. In fact there was this one time when the cable cars were out of service due to a temporary mechanical problem and the substitute buses were free. But I’m curious how they’re going to be able to handle that hill!

    Posted by francis | 6 October 2010, 11:09 am
  3. I imagine that buses can handle the California St. hill. During the big cable car reconstruction in the early 1980s, buses operated from Van Ness and California all the way to Drumm St. without detouring off the route (except for terminal loops).

    Posted by Dexter Wong | 9 October 2010, 2:21 am
  4. Hard to imagine the San Francisco buses would really be able to climb those hills well. Why not just walk it? :)

    Posted by San Francisco Hiking | 29 October 2010, 10:40 pm
  5. Yes, San Francisco buses can climb most hills, but one they avoid is the Hyde Street hill. In the 1984 cable car rebuilding, buses on the Hyde St. line detoured via Chestnut, Larkin, Francisco, Polk and North Point to reach Aquatic Park. The California Street hill is walkable for most San Franciscans, I have done it a few times (although the section between Grant and Powell is the steepest). But I doubt that most want to take the time for the walk.

    Posted by Dexter Wong | 4 November 2010, 1:32 am

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