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Municipal Railway

San Francisco Municipal Railway — known popularly as Muni — is the public transportation arm of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA), which, in turn, is owned by the City and County of San Francisco. It is one of the largest transit agencies in the United States, with over 1,000 vehicles serving hundreds of thousands of riders and commuters every single day. It is currently the oldest publicly-owned transportation agency in the United States, and in 2012, Muni celebrated its centennial founding.

In 2014, the San Francisco City Board of Supervisors embarked on a multi-year effort to improve its transportation and mobility options in the City by implementing the Transit Effectiveness Plan, which is more commonly known as Muni Forward. The SFMTA is hopeful that this project will achieve many of the goals mandated by the City and County of San Francisco, from enhancing its reliability to expanding services to more neighborhoods and longer service times.

While the SFMTA continues to make strides with Muni Forward, it is also in the works with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) to build the City’s first Bus Rapid Transit service along Van Ness Avenue. And soon, it will upgrade Geary Boulevard to have a true rapid bus line and augment its round-the-clock local service.

Buses (Diesel, Hybrid, and Trolleybuses)

Among the workhorses of the system, where cable cars and Muni Metro can’t reach, motor coaches and trolleybuses operate to all nooks and crannies in the City.  

Cable Cars

Muni’s cable car network is the only remaining cable car system left in the United States, and these have been operating since the 1860s.

Muni Metro

Muni Metro operates between Downtown and outlying neighborhoods with a fleet of Breda light rail streetcars on six lines.

Historic Streetcars (E and F lines)

From Milan to Mexico City, San Antonio to San Diego, the F-Market and Wharves line hosts to a fleet of colorful streetcars serving Market Street.