City transit services started earlier, in 1851, but were run by privately owned companies until our Muni agency was created. Private ownership of the California Street Cable Railroad, which operated three cable car lines, continued until purchased by The City in 1952.
To rock out with Muni in a time-lapse video of Van Ness Avenue for 42 seconds, check out:
In 1969, Muni bus and street car fares increased from 15 cents to 20 cents, and the cable car fare went from 5 cents to 25 cents. Today, the fares are $2.00, or 75 cents for seniors, youth and disabled, for the bus or street car and $6.00 for the cable car.
And did you know that you can support preservation of The City’s transit history by joining the Market Street Railway organization?
www.streetcar.org/ The Web page says:
“We’re Market Street Railway, a 1,200-member organization that serves as the nonprofit preservation partner of the San Francisco Municipal Railway. Since 1984, our members have been helping to find and restore vintage streetcars as we work closely with leaders from neighborhoods, businesses, Muni and City Hall to ensure that the historic streetcars provide reliable, attractive transit service to San Franciscans and visitors alike. These efforts, along with our effective advocacy, helped create the hugely-popular F-line, the most popular service of its kind in North America.”
You can also visit the San Francisco Railway Museum: www.streetcar.org/museum/