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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?

Transit Smackdown: “Beloved” F-Market Streetcars vs. Futuristic SMTRail “Smart Mass Transit Rail System”

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Well the 510′s SMTRail Company isn’t making any friends in the 415 today, you know, owing to the release of this video:

You see? Our historic F-Market streetcars on the Embarcadero just aren’t there. There’s no room for them, you know, in The Future.

Needless to say, our Market Street Railway blog is not impressed.

(I gotta say, the SMT Rail concept seems laughably absurd (check out the dizzying triple-digit speeds at 2:38), but, to me, so does Rose Pak’s corrupt Central Subway, so there you go.)

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 »

CultureBus II? Market Street Railway Says No to MUNI’s $5 F-Line Fare Proposal

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Market Street Railway President President Rick Laubscher has some thoughts this morning about MUNI‘s proposal to raise the cash fare for the F-Market historic streetcar line.

Will the F-Line turn into another fiasco like we just had with the $7 CultureBus 74X? And how will MUNI leader Nat Ford manage to get by making an annual salary that’s merely $308,000 more per year than our Governor’s?

We should get some answers today at City Hall. Stay tuned. 

Here are Rick’s Eight Points:

1. The F-line is a core Muni service and should be treated as such.
2. Muni should collect the fares it’s already charging.
3. The F-line is cost-effective at its current fares.
4. Staff’s revenue assumptions from the fare increase are dubious
5. Different fares at the same Muni stops will slow down operations.
6. “Let ‘em buy a Fast Pass” is not an acceptable response.
7. Exceptionally high fares on the F-line hurt the city’s economic vitality.
8. Muni wants to penalize a line that “people want.”
 
And here’s Rick missive to MUNI riders:

$5 for an F-line Ride? An Open Letter to Nat Ford January 19, 2010 by Rick Laubscher, Market Street Railway
 
On behalf of Market Street Railway, I have sent the email excerpted below to SFMTA Executive Director/CEO Nathaniel P. Ford, Sr.  All are welcome to borrow and elaborate on any of these arguments in your own communications with decision-makers on this matter.

Remember, the SFMTA Board gives initial considerations to its staff’s 2010 budget recommendations, including the proposal to raise F-line fares from $2 to $5, Tuesday, January 19 at 2 p.m., Room 400, City Hall. 

You can reach Mr. Ford at 415-701-4720 or by email here. You can register your opinion with the SFMTA Board members by emailing this address. You can also reach Mayor Newsom at 415-554-6141 or by email here. Your opinion counts.

Read the whole thing, after the jump. 
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San Francisco’s Market Street Railway Wishes You a Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

See?

Number 1818, straight outta Milano, Italy:

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