Thanks to an initiative by Market Street Railway, there will be demonstration service on the E-Embarcadero line from Caltrain to Fisherman’s Wharf in conjunction with upcoming city events. Not only that, but rides will be free!
On Sunday, August 31, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, two or more vintage streetcars will run on the E-line in conjuction with the Sunday Streets San Francisco program which closes northbound traffic lanes from the Bayview District to Chinatown along a number of waterfront streets to allow for various activities.
The vintage cars to be used haven’t been chosen at this writing, but they have to be double-ended, so they’ll be selected from among the three double-end PCCs and available vintage cars (sadly, the Boat Tram doesn’t count because — to gain ADA accessibility — only one side’s door is usable).
Then, on Sunday, September 14, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, E-line cars will return to the route for eight hours of operation, covering the second Sunday Streets program in the morning and the neighborhood fair for the South Beach-Rincon Hill-Mission Bay Neighborhood Association, which occurs between 1:00 and 4:00 pm on the Bay side of The Embarcadero between Pier 40 and McCovey Cove.
Muni will use the days to evaluate various aspects of E-line street operation to aid in planning for the permanent line start up, now planned no sooner than 2010, when adequate numbers of vehicles will be available for full-time operation.
Come out both days for the free rides, and support the E-line!
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