List of San Francisco Municipal Railway lines
The San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) is the public transit system for San Francisco, California. A part of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, it served 47.35 square miles (123 km2) with an operating budget of $659.5 million in 2013. Muni is the eighth-largest transit system in the United States, with 219,993,600 riders in 2012.
Muni is an integral part of public transit in the city of San Francisco, operating 365 days a year and connecting with regional transportation services, such as Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Caltrain, SamTrans, Golden Gate Transit, and AC Transit. Its 84 routes serve the city and some parts of Daly City and Marin County, with a network consisting of 54 bus lines, 17 trolley bus lines, 7 light rail lines that operate above ground and in the city's lone subway tube (called Muni Metro), 3 cable car lines, and 2 heritage streetcar lines, the E Embarcadero and F Market. Many weekday riders are commuters, as the daytime weekday population in San Francisco exceeds its normal residential population. Muni shares four metro stations with BART.
Muni began service on December 28, 1912, when the A Geary-Park line was inaugurated, running between the Financial District and the Richmond District on the western side of the city. Expansion of the system and consolidation with other transit companies eventually made Muni the city's sole public transit operator in 1952, when it acquired the bankrupt California Street Cable Railroad. Subsequent changes and adjustments to the system gave rise to the lines in use today.
The names of all Muni routes, except those of cable car lines, have two parts: a number or letter and a street, neighborhood, or landmark, for example, the "1 California" route. The bus and trolley bus routes have number designations, the rail lines have letters, and the cable car lines are typically referred to only by name (Powell-Mason, Powell-Hyde, and California). However, Muni maps abbreviate the cable car line names to PM, PH and C, and they are given route numbers 59, 60, and 61, respectively, for use in Muni internal operations.
Cable car lines
|Line||Inbound terminus[a]||Outbound terminus[a]||Neighborhoods served||Links|
|California (C)||California and Market||California and Van Ness||Embarcadero, Financial District, Chinatown, Nob Hill||Schedule|
Route map (PDF)
|Powell-Hyde (PH)||Powell and Market||Hyde and Beach||Tenderloin, Union Square, Nob Hill, Chinatown, Russian Hill, Fisherman's Wharf||Schedule|
Route map (PDF)
|Powell-Mason (PM)||Powell and Market||Taylor and Bay||Tenderloin, Union Square, Nob Hill, Chinatown, North Beach, Fisherman's Wharf||Schedule|
Route map (PDF)
Muni Metro and historic streetcar lines
Local bus lines
|*||Weekday peak hours only|
|♦||Community bus (30 ft. / 9.1 meter)|
|^||Articulated bus (60 ft. / 18.3 meter)|
Rapid bus lines
Rapid bus routes run through five major transit corridors through the city. These routes more or less follow the corresponding local bus route, but make only a few limited stops on their routes via bus-only lanes.
Express bus lines
Express routes run between the outskirts of the city and downtown or between major rail stations and other points in the city. These routes typically run only during peak hours, going inbound in the morning and outbound in the evening, except the 76X Marin Headlands Express, which runs on weekends and holidays; and the 83X Mid-Market Express, which runs in both directions during peak hours. Asterisked (*) routes indicate that they run only during morning peak hours.
Owl bus lines
The 90 Owl route is a combination of the daytime 47 Van Ness and 9 San Bruno routes, while the 91 Owl route is a combination of the daytime K Ingleside, 8 Bayshore, T Third, 30 Stockton, and 28 19th Avenue routes. The 5 Fulton, 24 Divisadero, 44 O'Shaughnessy, and 48 Quintara-24th Street Owl routes are truncated from their daytime counterparts. The L and N Owl motor coaches replace daytime light rail service and run on surface streets, making local stops, rather than in the Market Street Subway, Twin Peaks Tunnel, and Sunset Tunnel.
In addition to the regular nightly Owl service, Muni provides irregular bus substitutions along the K Ingleside, L Taraval, M Ocean View, N Judah, and T Third lines on weekend and holiday mornings between 5am and the opening of the Market Street Subway (7am on Saturdays, 8am on Sundays and holidays). The L and N Owl weekend morning routes differ slightly from the nightly L and N Owl routes and do not make local stops along their surface street detours, instead stopping only at stops used by the normal L and N daytime light rail routes.
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- a As with bus stops in general, termini range from underground stations to major landmarks to street intersections.
- b The K Ingleside and T Third Street lines are essentially one single line. When entering West Portal Station from Balboa Park Station, a K train changes signs into a T and runs to Sunnydale Station. When entering Embarcadero Station from Sunnydale, a T train changes signs into a K and runs to Balboa Park.
- c On weekends, all Kirkland and Islais Creek buses do not operate; routes operate from Woods and Flynn respectively.
- d During peak hours, the 8AX and 8BX substitute the 8 in the peak commute direction. The 8 runs in the reverse commute.
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