Cable Cars

A cable car operator and gripman turn a cable car around at Powell and Market streets on Wednesday. (Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez/S.F. Examiner)

Century-old cable cars get wet-weather upgrade

For more than a century, cable car operators and gripmen (and now…

 

From left, Trini Whittaker, Joseph Sue, Byron Cobb, Ignacio Sandoval, Singh Rai, Cassandra Griffin and Leonard Oats are the 2016 cable car bell-ringing finalists. (Courtesy SFMTA)

First female competitor to join in cable car bell-ringing contest

For 52 years, San Francisco’s historic cable car bells have musically rung…

 

SFMTA hosts San Francisco's 31st bus roadeo where bus operators compete in a series of driving and safety test including an obstacle course showcasing the drivers best skills at Cow Palace Saturday, April 2, 2016. Winners of the competition advance to the American Public Transportation Association International Roadeo. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Muni hopes to defend title at international bus ‘Road-eo’

San Franciscans celebrate city pride in many ways, from lauding the three-time…

 

A Muni light rail vehicle from the 1980s is seen at the Cameron Beach Yard in San Francisco, Calif., Wednesday, March 30, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

Last of Muni’s 1980’s-era clunker trains will be scrapped

If it runs on rails in San Francisco, it might be immortal.…

A Muni light rail vehicle from the 1980s is seen at the Cameron Beach Yard in San Francisco, Calif., Wednesday, March 30, 2016. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Amber Jones operates a cable car along the California route on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Jones is the third female cable car gripman in the 143-year history of San Francisco's cable cars. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco native becomes third-ever female cable car gripman

It’s Women’s History Month, and in one small corner of San Francisco,…

Amber Jones operates a cable car along the California route on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Jones is the third female cable car gripman in the 143-year history of San Francisco's cable cars. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)
Muni operators carry Reynaldo Morante's casket into Grace Cathedral. Morante was struck by a motorcyclist in 2015, and died January 12, 2016. JOE FITZGERALD RODRIGUEZ/S.F. EXAMINER

Cable cars stand still for operator’s funeral, family seeks funds

Reynaldo Morante spent the last years of his life making San Francisco's…

Muni operators carry Reynaldo Morante's casket into Grace Cathedral. Morante was struck by a motorcyclist in 2015, and died January 12, 2016. JOE FITZGERALD RODRIGUEZ/S.F. EXAMINER
The rare scene of inactivity at the world famous Powell Street Cable Car turnaround. The line was shut down due to inclement weather (Kevin Kelleher/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Cable cars replaced by shuttles due to rain

All San Francisco Municipal Railway cable car lines are being served by…

The rare scene of inactivity at the world famous Powell Street Cable Car turnaround. The line was shut down due to inclement weather (Kevin Kelleher/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The rare scene of inactivity at the world famous Powell Street Cable Car turnaround. The line was shut down due to inclement weather (Kevin Kelleher/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Rain drowns iconic cable cars out of service

The City's iconic cable cars have survived earthquakes, replacement campaigns, and 140-plus…

The rare scene of inactivity at the world famous Powell Street Cable Car turnaround. The line was shut down due to inclement weather (Kevin Kelleher/Special to S.F. Examiner)
In an effort to preserve The City’s iconic cable cars, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is seeking to launch a pilot program that would prohibit private automobiles from driving on a segment of Powell Street for an 18-month period. (Eric Risberg/AP)

SFMTA vote may make Powell Street carless

Part of Powell Street may soon be closed to automobiles, in an…

In an effort to preserve The City’s iconic cable cars, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is seeking to launch a pilot program that would prohibit private automobiles from driving on a segment of Powell Street for an 18-month period. (Eric Risberg/AP)
Powell street is going carless because the cables that run the cable cars are requiring additional repairs and replacements. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

The cables used by ‘cable cars’ are fraying, prompting car ban on Powell

More than 55,000 feet of taut steel cables run underneath San Francisco.…

Powell street is going carless because the cables that run the cable cars are requiring additional repairs and replacements. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin speaking at a press conference on taking further action for cable car operator and passenger safety. California and Drumm Streets, Tuesday Aug. 11 2015. (Natasha DangondSpecial to S.F. Examiner)

New safety measures to protect cable car operators on the way, pledge SFPD and SFMTA

San Francisco’s famous moving landmarks have long climbed “halfway to the stars,”…

SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin speaking at a press conference on taking further action for cable car operator and passenger safety. California and Drumm Streets, Tuesday Aug. 11 2015. (Natasha DangondSpecial to S.F. Examiner)
Cable car drivers working at the turnaround on Powell and Market Streets in San Francisco. July 20, 2015. (Special to S.F. Examiner/Natasha Dangond)

Picture Box: Cable Cars

Cable car conductors and grip men working at the Powell and Market Streets…

Cable car drivers working at the turnaround on Powell and Market Streets in San Francisco. July 20, 2015. (Special to S.F. Examiner/Natasha Dangond)
The Powell and Market cable car moves up Powell from the Market Street turnaround Friday, July 10, 2015. San Francisco cable car operators feel their safety is more compromised now than ever, and part of the reason is traffic congestion. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

SF cable car safety troubles discussed by District 3 candidates

In the wake of recent injuries to two cable car operators who…

The Powell and Market cable car moves up Powell from the Market Street turnaround Friday, July 10, 2015. San Francisco cable car operators feel their safety is more compromised now than ever, and part of the reason is traffic congestion. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)
Ken Lunardi practices before the 2012 Cable Car Bell Ringing Competition.  Photo by Heather Moran/SFMTA Photographer

Cable Car bell ringing contest dings Thursday

The familiar “ding, ding, ding!” of The City’s iconic cable cars will…

Ken Lunardi practices before the 2012 Cable Car Bell Ringing Competition.  Photo by Heather Moran/SFMTA Photographer
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San Francisco cable car accidents costs millions

In this city of innumerable tourist attractions, the clanging, hill-conquering cable cars…

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Cable car service restored

Cable car service on the Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason lines was restored this…