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SF celebrates Muni heritage with old-school streetcars, buses

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Streetcar No. 1, the first vehicle Muni ever purchased by opening day 1912, rolls down Steuart Street for Muni Heritage Weekend (Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez / S.F. Examiner)

Vintage buses and streetcars rolled through downtown San Francisco over the weekend for the seventh annual Muni Heritage Weekend celebrating the long history of the more than century-old public transportation system.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency invited riders to hop on old-school vehicles across from the Ferry Building for free on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The unique rides included Streetcar 1, the first-ever streetcar owned in the system on opening day back in 1912.

“San Francisco is renowned for having the oldest and greenest public transportation system in the country,” SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin said in a statement. “Muni Heritage displays just how important Muni has been not only to the city’s past, but to the present and future.”

Other vintage vehicles featured included Streetcar 578, which was built in 1896 in San Francisco and is the oldest operating streetcar in the U.S., Muni Trolly Coach 776 from 1950 and newly restored Cable Car 23 and Cable Car 56.

The SFMTA celebrated Muni Heritage Weekend in partnership with Market Street Railway, a nonprofit that operates the Railway Museum on Steuart Street between Market and Mission streets.

Rick Laubscher, president of Market Street Railway, said in a statement that, “Clean, efficient transit built our neighborhoods and business districts.”

“Muni Heritage Weekend gives us a chance to celebrate that past, even as all Muni’s new streetcars and buses set the stage for better service today and tomorrow,” Laubscher said.

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