SFMTA F Line Historic Streetcars Returning

Written by William C. Vantuono, Editor-in-Chief
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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will return the F Market & Wharves historic streetcars to service on Saturday, May 15, between Fisherman’s Wharf and Castro and Market streets, seven days a week.

The agency said returning the popular line to service will “support San Francisco’s economic recovery and reopening as tourism returns.”

“SFMTA staff worked closely with Castro Merchants, SF Travel, Community Benefit Districts including Mid Market, Yerba Buena, Fisherman’s Wharf, Castro Upper Market, as well as district Supervisors and other key stakeholders in the effort to bring the F Market & Wharves back into service in time for the summer season,” the agency said. “The F Market & Wharves is popular with tourists and visitors and is a priority for small businesses along Market Street and the Embarcadero.”

The vintage streetcars will operate from Castro to Fisherman’s Wharf from approximately 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Return trips from Fisherman’s Wharf to Castro will run from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. When the Better Market Street Project begins construction, SFMTA plans to continue to run the F Market & Wharves full route as a combination of historic streetcar service and bus shuttle. The project team “is exploring ways to limit construction impacts and will continue to work closely with businesses to support F Market & Wharves service,” the agency noted

Additional Rail Service Returning

On May 15, SFMTA will also reopen all Muni Metro subway stations. Full rail service will be restored on the N Judah between Ocean Beach and Caltrain. The combined KT Ingleside-Third will operate between Sunnydale and Balboa Park, through West Portal.

“With the restoration of the F Market & Wharves, N Judah and KT Ingleside-Third on May 15, the full Market Street corridor and several of the city’s major commercial hubs will have more service and connectivity,” SFMTA. “Since Jan. 23, 91% of San Franciscans are now within 2-3 blocks of a Muni stop. This includes 100% of residents in San Francisco’s neighborhoods identified in the Muni Service Equity Strategy. Along with the Muni service being restored in May, we expect to be able to expand service so that 98% of San Franciscans will have access to Muni within 2-3 blocks by the end of the summer. SFMTA staff is working hard to support San Francisco’s economic recovery and reopening and the return of tourists, office workers and other visitors.”

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