In this city of innumerable tourist attractions, the clanging, hill-conquering cable cars stand out as a top draw.
The quaint conveyances also stand out for the inordinate number of accidents and the millions of dollars annually the city pays out to settle lawsuits for broken bones, severed feet and bad bruises caused when 19th-century technology runs headlong into 21st-century city traffic and congestion. Read More
When Cable Car 26 rolled onto the streets of San Francisco for the first time earlier this month, Norma Apilado Bernal knew it would be the last piece of artwork she’d get from her husband.
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A car got too close to a cable car near Union Square this afternoon, hitting a young rider with its side mirror, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.The cable car was in the intersection at Powell and Sutter streets at 4 p.m. when the automobile “veered into the cable car, and the side mirror made contact with an 11-year-old boy,” said spokesman Paul Rose. He said the boy was hit in the torso and treated at the scene. Read More
A former Muni cable car mechanic who allegedly had his subordinates punch in his timecard for him while he wasn’t working faces a ban from future employment by San Francisco.
On several different occasions in June 2010, co-workers of Thomas Hidayat, a 32-year veteran with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, were caught clocking out for him, even though he was no longer on the work site. Read More
Tourists and San Francisco sightseers may have been disappointed for a while Friday, as a communications malfunction temporarily put all three of The City’s iconic cable car lines out of commission. Service was disrupted around 11 a.m. and restored as of 12:40 p.m., Muni officials said. Read More
San Francisco Municipal Railway's Powell Street cable car line is out of commission today until further notice, a Muni spokesman said.
Officials discovered at about 7:40 a.m. that unexpected repairs needed to be made on one of the cables, agency spokesman Paul Rose said.
It was unclear when the repairs would be finished, but the agency is running shuttle buses until the cable cars are back in action, Rose said. Read More
Tourists and local commuters hoping to catch a ride on San Francisco’s historic cable cars will be out of luck for the next few days.Starting Wednesday, all three of Muni’s cable car lines will be out of service, the first time in 27 years that San Francisco’s iconic “moving landmarks,” will be completely unavailable to the public. Read More
One of San Francisco's cable car lines will be partially shut down starting Monday as part of an ongoing rehabilitation and maintenance project, transit officials said.The partial closing will continue through Friday, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.The Powell-Hyde line will run from the beginning of the line at Powell and Market street to Jackson and Powell streets. Read More
On Friday morning, despite ominous rain clouds overhead, a crowd of excited tourists filled the Powell Street cable car plaza, standing patiently to board The City’s moving landmarks in a line that extended an entire block.Today, that same scene will look much different.For the first time in 27 years, all three of The City’s cable car lines will be simultaneously undergoing maintenance work, shutting down most service on the vintage vehicles. Read More
Later this month, Muni’s Powell-Mason cable car line, a route that draws thousands of tourists each day, will shut down for four days due to repair work. Read More