Transit History

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Weekend on the E-Embarcadero

A personal highlight of this past weekend was not America’s Cup, but the transit service that was a byproduct of America’s Cup. I am speaking of course about the special service on the E-Embarcadero historic streetcar line. Rail service along the portion of the San Francisco waterfront between the Wharf and Mission Bay is split … Continue reading

Another Tale of Geary Street

Courtesy Market Street Railway/ Clark Frazier. If you’re a transit geek (you know who you are) who cannot get enough of the transit history of Geary Street, you’re in luck: the Market Street Railway has published an excellent piece that discusses both streetcar operations on Geary and the unfortunate demise of the B-Geary streetcar line. … Continue reading

E-Extravaganza at Sunday Streets

I missed the first Sunday Streets waterfront street closure over Labor Day weekend, so attending yesterday’s carfree festivities was a top priority. It seemed to be a grand success, as everyone enjoyed the fresh air and the great weather. There is a great sense of freedom that comes from being able to cross the street … Continue reading

A Tale of Geary Street

To incur a bonded indebtedness by the City and County of San Francisco to the amount of $1,900,000.00 for the purpose of the acquisition and completion of a street railway over and along Geary street, from Market street to Point Lobos avenue, Point Lobos avenue, from Geary street to Cliff avenue, from Point Lobos avenue … Continue reading

No Subway For You

In the 1930s, when streetcars were alive and well — over a decade before any sort of BART planning occurred, and three decades before the start of BART construction — San Francisco planned a network of subway tunnels extending across the City that would serve as a rapid transit spine that streetcars could funnel in … Continue reading


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