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Release date: 4/22/11

*** 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, part of the Powell-Hyde Line will be shutdown next week. This is the second of three, non-consecutive Powell line shutdowns this spring. The first was of the full Powell-Mason Line at the end of March.

“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 between Jackson and Mason streets and Beach and Hyde streets. Customers can get on and off the bus shuttle at all regular stops on the Hyde Line except those posted.

Between Chestnut and North Point streets, Muni bus shuttles will detour in both directions on North Point, Polk, Green, Larkin and Chestnut streets; no stops will be made along the detour.

From 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, the bus shuttle service toward downtown will travel on Clay Street instead of Washington Street between Hyde and Powell streets due to construction.

The Powell-Hyde Cable Car service will only operate from the beginning of the line at Market and Powell streets to Jackson and Powell where customers can transfer to a bus shuttle.

The Powell-Mason Cable Car Line will be in regular operation.

The total, one-way fare for all cable car service during next week’s partial shutdown will be $2 ($.75 off-peak discount will be in place 5:45-7 a.m. and 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Children aged 4 and under are free on all Muni service); 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.

The third shutdown is scheduled for Wednesday, June 1 to Sunday, June 5. Over these five days all Cable Car Lines will be shutdown. All cable car lines will be served by bus shuttles.

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

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