Sunset Tunnel

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For the Oregon highway tunnel formerly known as the Sunset Tunnel, see Dennis L. Edwards Tunnel.
Sunset Tunnel
Sunset Tunnel West-1.jpg
The western portal of the Sunset Tunnel
Location San Francisco, California
Coordinates East portal:
37°46′09″N 122°26′04″W / 37.76917°N 122.43444°W / 37.76917; -122.43444
West portal:
37°45′59″N 122°26′55″W / 37.76639°N 122.44861°W / 37.76639; -122.44861
System Muni Metro
Start Duboce Av. & Noe St.
End Carl St. & Cole St.
No. of stations None
Opened October 21, 1928
Owner San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Operator San Francisco Municipal Railway
Character Underground tunnel for
light rail/streetcar line
Line length 4,232 ft (1,290 m; 0.8015 mi)
No. of tracks 2
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
(standard gauge)
Electrified Overhead lines, 600 V DC
Tunnel clearance 23 ft (7.0 m)[1]

The Sunset Tunnel is a 4,232 ft (1,290 m)-long[1] light rail/streetcar tunnel in San Francisco, California. The tunnel runs under the steep hill that Buena Vista Park is located on and is used by the N Judah Muni Metro line.

The tunnel was opened on 21 October 1928 in a ceremony presided over by Mayor James Rolph.[1] The eastern entrance to the tunnel is located at Duboce and Noe streets adjacent to Duboce Park in the Duboce Triangle neighborhood, and the western entrance is located near the intersection of Carl and Cole streets in the Cole Valley neighborhood.

Access to the tunnel is restricted to San Francisco Municipal Railway light rail trains only. Despite the access limitations, this tunnel is not well protected, and is constantly vandalized and graffiti-strewn. From time to time, automobile drivers manage to drive their cars into the tunnel.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c Wallace, Kevin (March 27, 1949). "San Francisco History - City's Tunnels". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved July 14, 2008. 
  2. ^ Terry McSweeney (April 1, 2008). "Drunk drives 2 miles through train tunnel". ABC 7 Local News. Archived from the original on 2012-08-26. 
The N Judah entering the eastern portal of the Sunset Tunnel