San Francisco Cable Cars and other Transportation
Muni is the transportation system in San Francisco, CA with trolley buses, traditional trolleys / streetcars, and cable cars traveling throughout the city at all hours. Muni is very convenient, although sometimes the transportation schedule is noted to be irregular, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.
San Francisco cable cars are the only moving National Historic Landmark, and 9.7 million people take a ride on these transports each year. Traveling only nine mile per hour, cable cars are powered by electric motors that turn these seemingly endless loops of cable. The motors that run the cables are housed at the Cable Car Barn Museum, located in San Francisco.
Streetcars / “Trolleys”
The city has several historic streetcars that run between the Ferry Building, along the Embarcadero, and to Fisherman’s Wharf. The streetcars only run on Market Street and Church Street when they are pulling into and out of service.
Trolley buses (also known as “trolley coaches” or “trackless trolleys”) are vehicles with rubber tires, and motors powered by electricity from overhead wires. The word trolley refers to the poles on the roof of the bus that are used to transmit the electricity from the overhead wires. To differentiate trolley buses from the streetcar trolleys and cable cars, trolley buses are commonly called “Electric trolley buses.”
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)
This is the Bay Area’s subway system, and is very convenient for travel, having over 40 stations in the San Francisco area.
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