NextBus, Muni’s vendor for live displays showing where every vehicle is on every route, has launched the full-time E-Embarcadero map. You can now see what’s on both the E- and F-lines by clicking here, then selecting the map you want: F-line only, E-line only, or a combination (as shown in the screenshot above).
We thank NextBus (which labels its maps here “NextMuni”) for including the icons (which we supplied them) of the actual streetcars that are on the line, a big plus for trainspotters. The F-line cars have the icon plus the car number, the E-line cars have the icon plus “E-Embarcadero” so you can tell which car is on which line when you have both lines up on the map at the same time.
Fun little feature (intended or not): the E-line map shows the route that both E and F cars currently take along the T-line to reach their temporary base at Muni Metro East. In the screenshot, you can see that Car 1080 has activated its GPS in anticipation of pulling out onto the F-line. Note that the Third Street trackage is NOT revenue trackage at the moment, though Market Street Railway is advocating extending the E-line along this route (and west to Fort Mason from the Wharf) to tie together all the city’s major waterfront attractions with a single historic line.
Thanks again to NextBus for getting the E-line map up and running.
“Like a charm, it works”. Now we “San Franciscan wannabes” can do our long distance tramspotting when we can’t make it to the City, following both lines. I noticed that 1010 was on the “F”, so apparently 5 cars is the usual number for the “E”. Has 1015 gone into the Muni “body shop” for treatment? And I saw no buses on the “F”, which is a good sign.
The schedules on 511 are confusing. It shows stops at 4th and Berry and 6th and King, both with scheduled times, however, you can not board at those stations. Streetcars heading back to MME in the afternoon require all passengers to exit at the ballpark so the trains don’t all begin or end at Caltrain. Additionally, the line needs to start before noon. People are using it to get to jobs!