Tuesday, February 15, 2011

SFMTA Introduces Spring Cable Car System Improvement Project Shutdowns and Substitute Muni Bus Shuttles

BOMA San Francisco Members:

As part of the continuing rehabilitation and maintenance of San Francisco’s iconic cable cars, the two Powell lines will be shut down this spring. The California Line, which was shut down in January for major rehabilitation and associated street improvements, will reopen in late summer when construction is completed.  Please see below for the dates.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates Muni, will perform upgrades on the Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde cable car lines as well as additional work on the California Line which has been shut down since January. The current system has been in continuous service for almost 27 years and needs to be refurbished.

The Cable Car Improvement Project will provide a critical system upgrade as part of the SFMTA’s ongoing Capital Reinvestment Program. It is a significant investment in renewing your system to ensure that it is safer, more reliable and easier to maintain.

Three separate shutdowns of five days each are planned:
  • Shutdown 1 
    • Powell-Mason Line 
    • 3/28-4/1/11
  • Shutdown 2 
    • Powell-Hyde Line from Jackson and Powell to the end of the line on Beach and Hyde 
    • 4/25 – 4/29/11
  • Shutdown 3 
    • California, Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde lines 
    • 6/1-6/5/11
Please note that the construction schedule may change due to weather or unexpected conditions.

Community Meetings are currently being planned for early 2011.


During the three periods of service shutdowns, cable car service will be impacted. Muni bus shuttles will substitute for cable car service. Customers can get on and off the shuttle bus at all regular stops except the stops around the construction sites.

Local access will be provided most of the time; however, access may be delayed by construction work or equipment in the construction zones. Police officers will be on site directing traffic.
Some street parking will be temporarily unavailable in or near the construction sites.

For additional project information and updates please check back on this page, contact the Project Manager, Kenny Ngan via e-mail at kenny.ngan@sfmta.com or call 311 which also provides information in other languages. For inquiries, complaints and comments, contact us via e-mail at cablecarupgrade@sfmta.com

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