Posts Tagged ‘f-line’

Marina District Gratified by All the White People Who Showed Up for America’s Cup – But Says No to Regular Tourists

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Work with me here. The recent America’s Cup scrimmage event up in San Francisco’s Great White North got this kind of reaction in the pages of the Marina Times:

“This event brought exactly the right kind of crowd to the Marina.”

Uh, white people with some extra folding money to spend – that kind of crowd?

Mmmm…

Anyway, you’d think that the friendly Marinites would similarly welcome the Feds landing Alcatraz tour boats at Fort Mason, right?

No.

Let’s hear from socially awkward, born-into-the-one-percent District Two Supervisor Mark Farrell in the very same pages of the Marina Times:

“The National Park Service’s (NPS) intention to study Fort Mason as a possible location for its Alcatraz tour ferry service is one of those ideas with serious and long-lasting impacts that must immediately be put to rest.”

(Yeah, it’s one of those ideas, huh? So like, Alex, I want “Ideas with serious and long-lasting impacts that must immediately be put to rest” for $1600?”)

Apparently, one set of aquatic tourists is the best thing in the world and another set of aquatic tourists is the worst thing in the world?

OK fine.

Hey Marina, look at this! You think the future can’t cross a bridge ride through a tunnel?

Now here’s the kicker. The reason why the white people of the Marina are worried about the Fort Mason proposal is that it’s a lead pipe cinch, owing to the lack of NIMBY laws on federal land:

“What makes the idea even more distressing to residents and establishments in the Marina is the lack of local environmental review and input that would be available. The NPS stated that environmental review of the Fort Mason site would be conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and not under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), because Fort Mason is federal property. Without a CEQA process in place for Fort Mason, the enormous changes contemplated in the Marina will never be considered by our local government, and any NEPA appeal would have to take place in Washington through the federal courts. In my letter to the NPS, I asked that since they are prepared to undergo a CEQA analysis for the sites located at the Port of San Francisco piers, they should do the same for the NPS-owned piers at Fort Mason…”

So, don’t come here, Feds. Don’t come here where it’s super easy to do business, you know, without dealing with millionaire NIMBYs for decades, oh no, don’t even think about it! Feds, you must immediately put the idea “to rest.”

Well, we’ll just have to wait and see how that works…

Pacific Electric “Red Car” From Los Angeles is Back in the Road – Now, It’s MUNI’s F-Market Streetcar #1061

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

[UPDATE: Or from Pittsburg, PA, or someplace. See Comments.]

Your Market Street Railway has the deets on the December 13, 2011 return of Pacific Electric Railway #1061 to Market Street.

Friendly hippie, Red Car, Ferry Building:

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Look for Big Red Cars the next time you watch Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

The Faces of Critical Mass: Historic F-Market Riders After Being Stalled on Market Street for 15 Minutes

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

But, these people had already paid their $1.50, so they weren’t about to get off.

This one says, “Balboa Park, San Diego,” I think:

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Don’t know how long they ended up waiting…

What a Sec, Could the America’s Cup Result in the Return of the E-Line to the Presidio? Hurray! SPUR Wants Spur

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Put down your corn flakes and brace yourselves, you Marina NIMBYs. ‘Cause it turns out that the America’s Cup, that “Gift From God” Herself, might result in the re-opening of our moribund Fort Mason Rail Tunnel.

Will streetcars end up going all the way to the Presidio’s Main Post? Will they turn the Marina Green into something like Powell Station?

Who knows. Maybe.

OMG, the E!

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Now they’re talking about just an F-Line extension now, but once that tunnel’s open again, it’ll be Katie Bar The Door, it’ll be Run For The Hills, Ma Barker.

Take it away, SPUR.org:

“1.Build the F-Line extension to Fort Mason. Cup organizers expect 200,000 to amillion visitors per day to the events. To deliver effective public transportation services to the on-shore spectator areas, we must invest in rail. There simply is no way to add enough vehicle volume to accommodate those numbers. The extension of the historic F-line streetcar to Fort Mason would serve the anticipated spectator venues from Crissy Field to Aquatic Park. With support, creative financing, and expedient action, it is entirely possible for the project to be completed in time. For proof, one need only look to Seattle, whose streetcar line went from a policy decision to construction to operation in less than two and a half years. And it covers four times the distance of the proposed San Francisco extension.”

Remember, the F Extension will lead to the E, and that rhymes with T and that stands for trouble, or something.

Experienced MUNI Riders Know Enough to Bring Along a Folding Chair – The SFMTA Just Keeps Getting Worse and Worse…

Friday, December 10th, 2010

Thusly.

Carrying a folding chair around is like having your own private bus stop:

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This putative passenger knows where the next bus will stop, but not when. Oh well.

Keep smilin’ thru, MUNI riders!

We’ll meet again
Do know where
Don’t know when
But I know
We’ll meet again
Some sunny day

Keep smilin’ thru
Just like you
Always do
‘Til the blue skies drive
The current administration
Far away

Attention Railfans! Market Street Railway + SF City Guides = Streetcar History Tour on October 31, 2010

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Instead of paying $2 to ride MUNI‘s historic F Line this coming Halloween, why not pay $25 to take the exclusive City Guides Streetcar History Tour? 

All the deets are below.

Or pay $0, your choice:

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All the deets:

City Guides Streetcar History Tour (Oct 31)

Market Street Railway and San Francisco City Guidesare collaborating on a memorable and unique tour along Muni’s historic F-line on Sunday, October 31st. Take part in a festive and informative trip through history!

Join tour guides Ethan Chickering from City Guides and Philip Hoffman from Market Street Railway for an exclusive event aboard one of our “Museums in Motion”. This unique tour celebrating the City’s rich transit history will begin at the San Francisco Railway Museum and will take place from 1-3pm.

Come aboard a vintage streetcar, learn how transit shaped San Franciscoand enjoy Halloween in historical high style! Discover interesting facts about famous Fisherman’s Wharf, traditional North Beach, the scenic Embarcadero and colorful Ferry Plaza, the busy Financial District, world famous Powell & Market, classic Civic Center, imposing Mint Hill and the lively Castro. Period costumes are highly encouraged!

Refreshments will be provided upon conclusion of the tour at a hosted reception inside the San Francisco Railway Museum, where you may view the current exhibition: All The Way Out Market, celebrating the 150th anniversary of rail transit on Market with a special ‘then and now’ photographic exhibit. This special exhibit pairs historic images with contemporary photographs taken in the exact locations, with a corresponding F-line streetcar captured in action.

We are offering members and supporters of Market Street Railway an early bird rate of $20 per person. All proceeds go to support Market Street Railway, and our work to keep San Francisco’s transit history alive. The San Francisco Railway Museum is a program of the non-profit, all volunteer Market Street Railway organization. Please note: As your ticket purchase will provide funds required to charter the streetcar from Muni, all ticket sales must be final.

Tickets become available to the general public on October 1st, at $25 per person.

Space is limited to just 44 passengers, so don’t delay!

Register online »

Putting the Historic F-Streetcar Line Back Together, One Overhead Wire at a Time

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Hours after yesterday’s collision and brouhaha in the Castro involving two historic F-Line streetcars (making up the bread part of an SUV sandwich), MUNI workers were still on the job about a half-mile away near the Duboce Yard in the back of the Church Street Safeway.

In technical terms, them wires up there done fell down. So the crew of an awesome yellow truck (with a scissors lift in the middle) came along and started winching things back together high above Market Street, with a quickness. Hurray!

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To the MUNI recovery crew:

For all you do/
This Bud’s for you

The Charming Historical Street Cars of San Francisco’s Embarcadero

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

This is what rush hour looks like on San Francisco’s famous Embarcadero waterfront road.

These electric trolleys operated by MUNI are from all over the world.

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via Whole Wheat Toast

A Pacific Electric Railway Red Car Trolley on the Streets of San Francisco

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

San Francisco’s MUNI has it’s very own Pacific Electric Railway Red Car, #1061. The Red Car system of Los Angeles County died out, as detailed in the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit, so the Market Street Railway decided to re-use the red-and-orange paint scheme as an homage. 

This particular PCC railcar was never in L.A. It spent most of its life in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The real El Lay vehicles were double ended – this one has a front and a rear.

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No matter, people love it anyway. Look for it on Market Street’s F-Line.