Monday, September 13, 2010

UPDATE: California Cable Car Infrastructure Improvement Project

BOMA San Francisco Members:

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and the Department of Public Works are collaborating on the California Street Infrastructure Improvement Project. The project will replace aging underground components of the cable car line and repave 17 blocks on California Street between Drumm Street and Van Ness Avenue.  The project will require a six-month closure of the California Cable Car Line from January to July 2011.

The project will begin next Thursday, September 16

The project will be completed in two phases:

Phase One begins Sept. 16 and includes the installation of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) curb ramps and street and sewer repair work performed by the Department of Public Works (DPW). This phase of work will stop in commercial areas on November 25, 2010 and will resume on January 3, 2011. Details of work during this phase: 
  • Curb ramps and sewer repair work will begin at the west end at California at Van Ness;
  • There will be parking restrictions; periodic traffic impacts and delays are expected;
  • Construction of three 2’ x 3’ surface mount electrical cabinet at the corner of Cal/Van Ness, Cal/Hyde, and Cal/Mason on the sidewalk;
  • Install electrical conduit on Mason between California and Washington during the Holiday Moratorium( November 25- Jan. 3 2011);
  • Construction hours are from 9 am to 8 pm.
Phase Two is scheduled to start in January and substantially finish summer 2011. The scope of work includes electrical, mechanical, utility and street repaving work that requires temporary shutdown of the California Cable Car Line. California Cable Car service will be substituted by bus shuttles during this phase. Trolley bus operations on Muni’s 1 California Route will remain in service. Service on the cable car line will resume the end of June.  

This maintenance improvement project will ensure the future safety and reliability of the cable car system while creating street improvements throughout this corridor. 

As this effort moves forward, information/updates will be accessible on the following websites: or

Thank you for your time, support, and patience. Furthermore, more than 10,000 residents and merchants in and around California Street were sent postcards with information about this project. However, if you can please kindly distribute this information to others along this corridor, it would be much appreciated. 

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