L Taraval

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L Taraval
L Taraval logo.svg
San Francisco-Muni Metro Breda vehicles.jpg
L Taraval trains lined up on 47th Avenue near Wawona at the outbound end of the line
Overview
Type Light rail/Streetcar
System Muni Metro
Locale San Francisco, California
Termini Embarcadero Station
46th Avenue and Wawona
Stations 29
Daily ridership 28,816 (2013)[1]
Operation
Opening 1919
Owner San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Operator(s) San Francisco Municipal Railway
Character At grade & Underground
Rolling stock 151 Breda light rail vehicles
(high floor)
Technical
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
(standard gauge)
Electrification Overhead lines, 600 V DC
Route map
N Judah logo.svg T Third Street logo.svg
J Church logo.svg M Ocean View logo.svg
EmbarcaderoBay Area Rapid Transit San Francisco Ferry Building
MontgomeryBay Area Rapid Transit
PowellBay Area Rapid Transit
Civic CenterBay Area Rapid Transit
Van Ness
J Church logo.svg N Judah logo.svg
Church
Castro
Eureka closed
Forest Hill
West Portal
K Ingleside logo.svg M Ocean View logo.svg
Ulloa & Forest Side
Ulloa & 15th Av.
Taraval & 15th Av.
Taraval & 17th Av.
Taraval & 19th Av. SR 1
Taraval & 22nd Av.
Taraval & 24th Av.
Taraval & 26th Av.
Taraval & 28th Av.
Taraval & 30th Av.
Taraval & 32nd Av.
Taraval & 35th Av.
Taraval & Sunset
Taraval & 40th Av.
Taraval & 42nd Av.
Taraval & 44th Av.
Taraval & 46th Av.
46th Av. & Ulloa
46th Av. & Vicente
46th Av. & Wawona
SF
Zoo

The L Taraval is a Muni Metro line in San Francisco, California, mainly serving the Parkside District, an area which is immediately south of the Sunset District and which is regarded by some as the southern part of the Sunset District. The line opened in 1919, running as far as Taraval Street and 33rd Avenue. It was extended along Taraval to 48th in 1923, and subsequently extended south (turning off Taraval at 46th) to the San Francisco Zoo, the line's current outer terminus, on September 15, 1937.[2] It was one of San Francisco's original streetcar lines of the early 20th century, and was partially converted to modern light rail operation as part of the opening of the Muni Metro system in 1980.[2] While many streetcar lines were converted to buses after World War II, the L Taraval remained a streetcar line due to its use of the Twin Peaks Tunnel.

Route description[edit]

The line runs from the Embarcadero Station in the Financial District to the 46th Avenue and Wawona Street, near the San Francisco Zoo in the Sunset District. The downtown portion of the line runs in the Market Street Subway, which is shared with six other Muni Metro lines. It continues through the much older Twin Peaks Tunnel, shared by the K Ingleside and M Ocean View lines, emerging at West Portal Station. Once out of the tunnel, the L takes Ulloa Street to 15th Avenue and turns onto Taraval Street. It then follows Taraval to 46th Avenue, where it turns south towards the Zoo. The end of the line loops around Vicente, 47th Avenue and Wawona with the terminal stop on Wawona between 46th and 47th Avenues.

The original end of the L Taraval line, before the 1937 extension south of Taraval Street, with tracks still in place as a short branch, not normally used. Trains are usually sent here to turn back early, and these are the only tracks left in San Francisco that are embedded in sett.

Tracks on Taraval Street extend west from 46th Avenue to 48th Avenue/Great Highway, but they are not used in revenue service. However, chartered streetcars and LRVs can operate there if requested.

The L Taraval line stops at large stations for the downtown section of the route and at smaller stops on the rest of the line. Most of the smaller stops are nothing more than a sign on the side of the street designating a stop and a few others are concrete islands in the middle of the street next to the tracks that provide access for wheelchairs. Muni bus routes provide service to all stations and other systems with access to the stations are noted.

Operation[edit]

The L Taraval operates 7 days a week, primarily with train service beginning at 5 a.m. weekdays, 6 a.m. Saturdays and 8 a.m. Sundays and running until 12:30 a.m. Frequency headways range from 7 to 10 minutes during the day, and 15 to 20 during nighttime service. Late-night service is provided by the L Owl diesel bus line. This line is generally the same as the daytime L Taraval line, except it follows surface streets instead of going through the streetcar-only Market Street Subway and Twin Peaks Tunnel. The line begins at Steuart Street and Market Street, near Embarcadero Station, and follows Market past all of the Market Street Subway's seven underground stations served by the daytime L Taraval line. West of Castro Street, it turns south on Market Street, which becomes Portola Drive. It follows Portola between the Diamond Heights neighborhood and Twin Peaks, turns onto Woodside and then Laguna Honda Boulevard, where it loops around at Forest Hill Station. It then backtracks on Laguna Honda Boulevard, Dewey, Claremont and Ulloa to West Portal Station, where it rejoins the daytime L line.

Station and stop listing[edit]

inbound to outbound

Station Neighborhood Other Muni
Metro lines
Notes
Handicapped/disabled access Embarcadero Financial District J Church logo.svg K Ingleside logo.svg M Ocean View logo.svg N Judah logo.svg T Third Street logo.svg S Shuttle logo.svg Inbound terminus
Connects to F Market & Wharves and BART
Serves Ferry Building
Handicapped/disabled access Montgomery Street Financial District J Church logo.svg K Ingleside logo.svg M Ocean View logo.svg N Judah logo.svg T Third Street logo.svg S Shuttle logo.svg Connects to F Market & Wharves and BART
Handicapped/disabled access Powell Street Financial District J Church logo.svg K Ingleside logo.svg M Ocean View logo.svg N Judah logo.svg T Third Street logo.svg S Shuttle logo.svg Connects to F Market & Wharves and BART
Handicapped/disabled access Civic Center/UN Plaza Civic Center J Church logo.svg K Ingleside logo.svg M Ocean View logo.svg N Judah logo.svg T Third Street logo.svg S Shuttle logo.svg Connects to F Market & Wharves and BART
Handicapped/disabled access Van Ness Civic Center and Tenderloin J Church logo.svg K Ingleside logo.svg M Ocean View logo.svg N Judah logo.svg T Third Street logo.svg S Shuttle logo.svg Connects to F Market & Wharves
Handicapped/disabled access Church Street Duboce Triangle J Church logo.svg* K Ingleside logo.svg M Ocean View logo.svg T Third Street logo.svg S Shuttle logo.svg *Connects with J Church on surface stop at 14th Street
Connects with F Market & Wharves streetcar
Handicapped/disabled access Castro Street Castro K Ingleside logo.svg M Ocean View logo.svg T Third Street logo.svg S Shuttle logo.svg
Handicapped/disabled access Forest Hill Forest Hill and Laguna Honda K Ingleside logo.svg M Ocean View logo.svg T Third Street logo.svg S Shuttle logo.svg
Handicapped/disabled access West Portal West Portal K Ingleside logo.svg M Ocean View logo.svg T Third Street logo.svg S Shuttle logo.svg
Ulloa and Forest Side Parkside
Ulloa and 15th Avenue Parkside
Taraval and 15th Avenue Parkside
Taraval and 17th Avenue Parkside
Taraval and 19th Avenue Sunset District Intersects with Highway 1 (19th Avenue locally)
Handicapped/disabled access Taraval and 22nd Avenue Parkside
Taraval and 23rd Avenue (outbound)
Taraval and 24th Avenue (inbound)
Parkside
Taraval and 26th Avenue Parkside
Taraval and 28th Avenue Parkside
Taraval and 30th Avenue Parkside
Taraval and 32nd Avenue Parkside
Taraval and 35th Avenue Parkside
Handicapped/disabled access Taraval and Sunset Parkside
Taraval and 30th Avenue Parkside
Taraval and 40th Avenue Sunset District
Taraval and 42nd Avenue Sunset District
Taraval and 44th Avenue Sunset District
Taraval and 46th Avenue Sunset District
46th Avenue and Ulloa Sunset District
46th Avenue and Vicente Sunset District
Handicapped/disabled access 46th Avenue and Wawona/Zoo Sunset District Outbound terminus
Serves San Francisco Zoo

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TEP Route Data & Proposed Changes". San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). 2013. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  2. ^ a b McKane, John; Perles, Anthony (1982). Inside Muni: The Properties and Operations of the Municipal Railway of San Francisco. Glendale, CA (US): Interurban Press. p. 195. ISBN 0-916374-49-1. 

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