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Release date: 5/31/11

*** Press Release ***

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates the Municipal Railway (Muni), today reminds cable car customers that as part of the continuing rehabilitation and maintenance of San Francisco’s iconic cable cars, the Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde lines will be shut down tomorrow through Sunday. This is the final of three, non-consecutive Powell line shutdowns this spring. The first two were in March and April. With the continued shutdown of the California Cable Car Line, which started in January, all three cable car lines will be down June 1 through 5.

“The care and stewardship of the cable cars, a National Historic Landmark, are a vital part of our Capital Improvement Program,” said Nathaniel P. Ford Sr., Executive Director/CEO. “As we continue to reinvest in Muni, we invest in the future of San Francisco.”

As part of the Cable Car Improvement Project, the SFMTA is performing upgrades this spring on the Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde cable car lines as well as additional work on the California Line, which has been shut down since January. The cable car system has been in continuous service for almost 27 years and needs to be renewed to ensure that it is safer, more reliable and easier to maintain.

Transit Impacts

Muni bus shuttles will operate in lieu of cable cars for the entire length of the Powell-Hyde, Powell-Mason and California Cable Car Lines.Customers can get on and off the bus shuttle at all regular stops except those in or around the construction areas as posted.

The Powell-Mason shuttles will operate between Ellis and Powell streets and Francisco and Taylor streets.

The Powell-Hyde shuttles will operate between Ellis and Powell streets and Beach and Hyde streets.

The regular Muni fare of $2 ($0.75 Youth/Senior/Disabled) will apply; transfers will be provided.

During the shutdown, SFMTA Ambassadors will be stationed at the terminals and key customer boarding locations to provide assistance and advise customers of their options.

Traffic Impacts

Local access will be provided most of the time; however, access may be delayed by construction work or equipment in the construction zones.

Police officers will be on site directing traffic.

Some street parking will be temporarily unavailable in or near construction sites.

For more information about the Cable Car System Improvement Project and transportation alternatives, please visit or call 311.

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