List of defunct San Francisco Municipal Railway lines

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This is a list of defunct San Francisco Municipal Railway bus, streetcar/light rail, and cable car routes.

Defunct bus routes[edit]

* Weekday peak hours only
^ Midday hours only
Community bus (30 ft.)
Line Inbound Terminal Outbound Terminal Reason for discontinuing Areas served Year Started Year Discontinued
4 Sutter (TC)* Sutter Street & Sansome Street 6th Avenue & California Street Low ridership; supplemented by 2 Clement re-routing. It was revived for a while when the 1 California moved to Sacramento St.; a truncated version to Presidio to be re-instated Richmond District, Laurel Heights, Western Addition, Japantown, Union Square, Financial District 1948 2009
7 Haight (TC)* Mission Street & Main Street Haight Street & Stanyan Street Low ridership Haight-Ashbury, Haight-Fillmore, Market Street, Civic Center, Financial District 1948 2009
8 Market (TC) Ferry Building Collingwood & 19th Streets Replaced by F Market and subsequently by F Market & Wharves The Embarcadero, Market Street, Financial District, Civic Center, The Castro[1] 1945 1995
9 Richland (TC) Ferry Building Richland & Andover Combined with parts of 13 Ellsworth and 23 Crescent to form 67 Bernal Heights South of Market, Mission District, Bernal Heights 1949 1983
10 Monterey 10th Ave & California 3rd & Palou Replaced by 23-Monterey and 43-Masonic Richmond, Golden Gate Park, Inner Sunset, Glen Park, Bernal Heights
11 Hoffman Ferry Building 24th & Douglass via Forest Hill Station Replaced by 13 Guerrero and 48 Quintara/24th Street South of Market, Mission District, Noe Valley, Diamond Heights, Forest Hill 1948 1983
12 Mission/Ocean (TC) Ferry Building Ocean & Phelan Replaced by 49 Van Ness/Mission South of Market, Mission District, Bernal Heights, Excelsior, Balboa Park 1948 1983
13 Ellsworth Crescent & Putnam Richland & Mission Combined with parts of 9 Richland and 23 Crescent to form 67 Bernal Heights Bernal Heights 1970 1983
13 Guerrero Ferry Building Clipper & Grandview Duplicated service on J Church and 48 Quintara South of Market, Mission District, Noe Valley 1983 1988
15 Third Street Kearny & Bay Streets City College Replaced by T Third Street and 9X (now 8X) Bayshore Express[2] Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Union Square, Mission Bay, Dogpatch, Islais Creek, Bayview/Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley[2] 1941 2007
16 Noriega 5th St & Market 48th Avenue and Ortega Portions merged with the 28 19th Avenue, 71 Haight-Noriega. Downtown San Francisco, Hayes Valley, Western Addition, Richmond, Sunset
16AX Noriega 'A' Express Market Street & 4th Street Ortega Street & 48th Avenue Combined with 16BX to become 16X Sunset District, Golden Gate Park, Civic Center, Tenderloin 2009
16BX Noriega 'B' Express Market Street & 4th Street Noriega Street & Sunset Boulevard Combined with 16AX to become 16X Sunset District, Golden Gate Park, Civic Center, Tenderloin 2009
17X Parkmerced Express John Muir Drive Daly City BART Merged into 88 BART Shuttle Lake Merced, Parkmerced
20 Columbus (TC)^ Beale Street & Howard Street Van Ness Avenue & North Point Street Low ridership Financial District, Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, Chinatown, Financial District, South of Market 2007 2009
23 Crescent 24th & Mission Putnam & Crescent Combined with parts of 9 Richland and 13 Ellsworth to form 67 Bernal Heights Mission District, Bernal Heights 1940 1983
25 Bryant Jackson & Fillmore Geneva & Santos Replaced by 9 San Bruno Pacific Heights, Nob Hill, Tenderloin, Union Square, South of Market, Mission District, Portola, Visitacion Valley, Sunnydale 1948 1983
26 Valencia Mission Street & 5th Street Balboa Park Station, San Francisco State University Low ridership South of Market, Mission District, Glen Park, Balboa Park 1945 2009
29 Visitacion Mansell & Visitacion Gillette & Lathrop Replaced by 56 Rutland Visitacion Valley 1948 1983
32 Embarcadero Hyde & Jefferson Streets Ferry Building, Caltrain Depot Replaced by E Embarcadero (defunct)[3] and subsequently by F Market & Wharves and N Judah Fisherman's Wharf, Ferry Building, The Embarcadero 1927 2000
34 Woodside Myra & Dalewood Forest Hill Station Merged into 36 Teresita Mount Davidson, Miraloma Park, Midtown Terrace, Forest Hill 1961
42 Downtown Loop Caltrain Depot Caltrain Depot Split into 47 Van Ness and 10 Townsend to improve service in South of Market[4] Financial District, Caltrain Depot, South of Market, Nob Hill, Fisherman's Wharf, Levi Plaza 1980 2001
51 Silver Middle Point & Hare Bosworth & Diamond (Glen Park Station) (Weekdays) / Mission & Silver (Weekends and holidays) Replaced by 44 O'Shaughnessy Glen Park, Excelsior District, Portola, Silver Terrace, Bayview-Hunters Point 1927 1980
53 Southern Heights 16th Street & Mission Street
16th Street Mission Station; Weekdays
16th Street & Bryant Street
Weekends
Connecticut Street & 18th Street Low ridership Mission District, Potrero Hill 1932 2009
55 Sacramento Howard & Main Streets 6th Avenue & Clement Street Electrified and merged with 1 California Financial District, Chinatown, Nob Hill, Richmond, Laurel Heights[1] 1942 1982
72 Haight/Sunset Ferry Building (weekday peak) / 5th & Market (all other times) 19th & Winston (daytime) / Sunset & Lake Merced (mornings and evenings) Replaced by 29 Sunset 1947 1983
73 Lincoln Way 5th and Market Streets Sloat & Sunset Boulevards Split into 71 Haight-Noriega and 72 Haight-Sunset Financial District, Haight-Ashbury, Sunset District, Parkside
74X CultureBus Howard & New Montgomery Golden Gate Park Low ridership SoMA, Golden Gate Park, Union Square [5] 2008 2009
76 Broadmoor San Jose Avenue & Flournoy Broadmoor Village Subsidy by developer discontinued Daly City 1949 1955[6]
80 Leavenworth Replaced by 27 Bryant 1951 1974
80X Gateway Express Caltrain Station Sacramento & Battery Replaced by 82X Levi Plaza Express 2013
81 Bacon/Fitzgerald Fitzgerald & Keith Huron & Mission Replaced by 29 Sunset and 54 Felton 1939 1982
83 Pacific Pacific & Van Ness Avenues Battery Street & Pacific Avenue Merged into 12 Folsom-Pacific[7] Chinatown, Nob Hill 1979 2001
89 Laguna Honda Forest Hill Station Laguna Honda Hospital Low ridership Laguna Honda Hospital, Forest Hill 2009

Defunct streetcar routes[edit]

Geary Routes
Embarcadero  E  Union
Montgomery
Powell
 J   K    L   M   N 
Union Square
 F  Stockton
Geary and Jones
Geary and Van Ness  D   H 
Geary and Laguna
Geary and Steiner
Geary and Divisadero
Geary and Baker
Geary and Masonic
Geary and Cook
Geary and Stanyan
Geary and 2nd Avenue
 C  Geary-California
Cornwall and 2nd Avenue
6th Avenue
10th Avenue
 A  Geary-10th
10th and Balboa
10th and Fulton
Park Presidio Boulevard
19th Avenue
25th Avenue
Lincoln Park
Balboa and 33rd Avenue
37th Avenue
41st Avenue
Cabrillo and 45th Avenue
Playland

 Z   Route letter

A Geary-10th Avenue[edit]

The A Geary-10th Avenue was Muni's first streetcar line, running from Market Street and Kearny Street, and later from the Ferry Building, along Geary and 10th Avenue to Fulton Street.[8] The route was discontinued on December 5, 1932.[9] Part of the route is currently under study to be restored as bus rapid transit and possibly as a streetcar route.[10]

B Geary[edit]

The B Geary (also known as the B Geary-Ocean) was a streetcar route that operated along Market Street and Geary Boulevard to the Playland amusement park along Ocean Beach. It originally ran as a shuttle between 10th Avenue and 33rd Avenue, and was later extended east along Geary and Market Street to the Ferry Building to the east, and along 33rd Avenue, Balboa, 45th Avenue and Cabrillo to Great Highway to the west.[11] The line was replaced with the 38 Geary bus route on December 29, 1956.[9][12]

Currently there are plans to construct a bus rapid transit corridor on Geary Boulevard between Van Ness Avenue and 33rd Avenue. Funding has not been identified to build rail in this corridor, however the BRT project includes the possibility of "light rail ready" construction that would enable a future conversion to rail if funding becomes available.

C Geary-California[edit]

The C California (also known as the C Geary-California) was a streetcar route that ran from the Ferry Building along Market Street, Geary, 2nd Avenue, Cornwall, and California to 33rd Avenue.[11] The route was cut short in 1950 to California and 2nd Avenue with the opening of the 1 California bus line, and was removed along with the B Geary on December 29, 1956.[12] Part of the route is currently under study to be restored for Bus Rapid Transit.[9][10]

This route was created shortly after the Market Street Railway's franchise expired on California street. By 1950, the line was essentially a short-turn version of the B Geary streetcar route, which continued out to Ocean Beach.

D Geary-Van Ness[edit]

The D Geary-Van Ness was a streetcar route created on August 15, 1914 that originally ran from the Ferry Building along Market Street, Geary, Van Ness, and Chestnut to Scott.[9] In 1918, the route was changed to operate on Union Street instead of Chestnut, and was extended along Steiner Street and Greenwich Street and into the Presidio later that year.[11]

The route was replaced with buses on March 18, 1950.[8] This is one of four routes planned as a result of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Today, parts of the Geary and Van Ness Corridors it once traveled is currently up for study for Bus Rapid Transit, and possibly, restoration of light rail transit in the area.[10][13]

E Union[edit]

The E Union was a streetcar route that ran from the Ferry Building to the Presidio via The Embarcadero, Washington/Jackson, Columbus, Union, Larkin, Vallejo, Franklin, Union, Baker and Greenwich into the Presidio.[11] The route was replaced on April 21, 1947[9] with the 41-Union bus route, which still runs today. This is one of four routes planned as a result of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition.[8][14]

E Embarcadero[edit]

The E Embarcadero was a light rail shuttle route that ran between the Embarcadero Station and Caltrain Depot along the Embarcadero using Breda light rail vehicles (rather than streetcars) from January 10, 1998[15] until August 1998 when an extension of the N Judah line took over this service.[16][17] The E Embarcadero is planned for restoration between Fisherman's Wharf and the Caltrain Depot as a heritage streetcar service, sharing historic cars with the F Market & Wharves line.

F Stockton[edit]

The F Stockton was a streetcar route that ran from Market and Stockton to the Marina District via Stockton, Columbus, North Point, Van Ness, and Chestnut to Laguna. In 1916, the line was extended from Chestnut and Laguna to Chestnut and Scott, and was extended in 1947 from Market and Stockton down 4th Street to the Southern Pacific terminal on Townsend.[11] The route was replaced on January 20, 1951,[9] with the 30-Stockton bus route, which still runs today, and is notable for being the slowest trolleybus route in the city of San Francisco because it travels through the densely populated neighborhood of Chinatown. This was one of four routes planned as a result of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition.[8][14] Today, the F designation is used for the F Market & Wharves historic streetcar route.

The southernmost part of this route, from Market to Jackson, will again be served by light rail when the Central Subway is built. Presumably, after the completion of the Central Subway, the rest of the present 30 Stockton bus line can be eventually converted to surface light rail extending to the Presidio, depending on where the eventual exit from the subway tunnel is placed.

H Potrero[edit]

The H Potrero streetcar line was created on August 15, 1914, to serve the Panama-Pacific International exposition.[8] It ran from Army Street (Now Cesar Chavez Street) and Potrero to a terminal inside Fort Mason, via Potrero, Division, 11th Street and Van Ness. In 1946 the line was extended along former Market Street Railway trackage on Bayshore and San Bruno to Arleta. The southern terminal was cut back to San Bruno and Wilde in 1947, and in 1948 the northern terminal was cut back to Van Ness and Bay. The route was replaced on March 19, 1950, with the 47 Potrero bus line.[11] The 47 line has since been changed and no longer runs on Potrero, and the only bus line that follows the old H line is the nighttime-only 90 Owl.

A bus rapid transit project is currently in the works with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. A feasibility study was conducted in 2006, followed by a draft Environmental Impact Statement in 2011. A Locally Preferred Alternative was selected in early 2012. A Final EIS is expected in 2012, along with Caltrans approval. Construction could begin in 2015, with revenue service beginning a year later.[13] The SFCTA currently does not have plans to revive the H-Potrero streetcar line.

Temporary routes[edit]

The G Exposition, I Exposition, and J Exposition were temporary streetcar lines that were created in 1915 and 1916 to serve the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.[9] The G line was a combination of the E and F routes, running from Market and Stockton to the Presidio. The I line only ran for three days in February 1915, from 33rd Avenue and Geary via Geary, Van Ness, Chestnut, Scott, Greenwich and Steiner to Union. The J line, which is unrelated to the current J Church line, ran via Columbus from the Ferry Building to Fort Mason and later to Chestnut and Scott.[11]

The O Van Ness line operated briefly between June 1, 1932 and July 15, 1932, along part of the E Union from Van Ness and Union to the Ferry Building. During this time, the E line ran down Van Ness to Market instead of to the Ferry Building.[11]

Defunct cable car routes[edit]

Note: Before 1956, the California Street Line extended all the way from Market Street in the Financial District to California and Presidio Avenue on the western edge of the Western Addition.

Line Inbound Terminal Outbound Terminal Reason for discontinuing Areas served Year Started Year Discontinued
O'Farrell-Jones-Hyde Began at Market and O'Farrell, down O'Farrell to Jones (there was a cable car shuttle from Market and Jones to O'Farrell and Jones), down Jones to Pine, down Pine to Hyde, down Hyde to North Point (used California St. style double-ended cable cars). Section from Hyde and Beach Streets to Washington Street forms the northern part of the Powell-Hyde Line, while section from Washington to California Street is used as non-revenue track. Hyde and North Point 1956 decision to close down all cable lines except those originating on California St. and Powell St. and end all cable car lines at Van Ness Ave. Tenderloin, Russian Hill, Fisherman's Wharf 1952 (taken over from California Street Cable Railroad) 1956
Powell-Washington-Jackson Began at Market and Powell, up Powell to Jackson, out Jackson to Steiner, back downtown from Steiner on Washington (used Powell Street style single-ended cable cars). Forms the Powell and Washington/Jackson one way segments of the Powell-Hyde Line. Jackson and Steiner 1956 decision to close down all cable lines except those originating on California St. and Powell St. and end all cable car lines at Van Ness Ave. Nob Hill, Pacific Heights 1944 (taken over from Market Street Railway) 1956


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "History of Trolley Buses in San Francisco". San Francisco Municipal Railway. May 8, 2003. Archived from the original on 2007-07-14. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  2. ^ a b Rachel Gordon (April 9, 2007). "S.F.'s New T-Third Streetcar Line Hits A Few Bumps". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  3. ^ Epstein, Edward (January 9, 1998). The San Francisco Chronicle http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Muni-s-Embarcadero-Streetcar-Line-Set-to-Make-3016481.php |url= missing title (help). 
  4. ^ The San Francisco Chronicle. June 8, 2001 http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/SAN-FRANCISCO-Revised-MUNI-routes-beginning-2912159.php |url= missing title (help). 
  5. ^ Rachel Gordon; Marisa Lagos (August 15, 2009). "Muni's CultureBus A Bust - Runs End Tonight". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ The San Francisco Chronicle. February 2, 2001 http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Expanded-SoMa-Muni-Service-Starts-Tomorrow-2956688.php |url= missing title (help). 
  8. ^ a b c d e "The First Days of the Municipal Railway". San Francisco Municipal Railway. December 11, 2002. Archived from the original on 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "San Francisco Transit Routes". Chicago Transit & Railfan Website. 2009. Retrieved 2013-03-04. 
  10. ^ a b c "Geary Corridor Bus Rapid Transit". San Francisco County Transportation Authority. 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h Perles, Anthony; McKane, John (1982). Inside Muni: The Properties and Operations of the Municipal Railway of San Francisco. Interurban Press. ISBN 0-916374-49-1.
  12. ^ a b "End of the line - The last days of the B & C". Museums in Motion. Streetcar.org. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  13. ^ a b "Van Ness BRT Feasibility Study". San Francisco County Transportation Authority. 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  14. ^ a b "Historic Streetcar FAQ". Museums in Motion. Streetcar.org. 2007. Archived from the original on 2009-06-04. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  15. ^ Epstein, Edward (January 9, 1998). "Embarcadero Line On Track Tomorrow". San Francisco Chronicle. p. A-17. Retrieved March 20, 2009. 
  16. ^ Taylor, Michael (April 6, 1998). "PAGE ONE -- Muni's New E-Line No Beeline / Trains more tardy, irregular than buses - SFGate". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  17. ^ Epstein, Edward (August 26, 1998). "Brown Tries To Soothe Muni Riders / Service on N-Judah line has been abysmal all week - SFGate". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 

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