Muni Heritage Day is Saturday, June 4

Muni Heritage Day is Saturday, June 4
These three Muni veterans and many more vintage transit vehicles are yours for the riding on June 4.

Ride Muni’s very first streetcar, built in 1912. Ride an even older streetcar that looks like a cable car, built in 1896. Ride two unique cable cars, from lines that disappeared in 1942 and 1954. Ride Muni’s brand-newest cable car, an incredible piece of the carpenter’s art. Ride a 1928 tram from Melbourne, the 88-year old open-top “boat tram” from England, a 1950s “EuroPCC”. And, for the first time since the pandemic started, a popular tram from Milan will operate. All on Muni’s own tracks.

Muni Heritage Day is Saturday, June 4
This electric streetcar was built in 1896, when Divisadero Street was spelled differently. But you won’t be thinking about that as you bounce your way along The Embarcadero.

But wait. There’s more.

Ride the trolley coaches you rode as a kid (if you grew up in the City.) Ride the 1956 Mack motor coach you may have taken to Candlestick, or the 1970 GM bus you took to school, or even the 1938 bus you may have climbed up to Coit Tower on. And younger folks, we’ve got “newer old” buses for you as well, including trolley coaches and diesel coaches from the 1970s to the 1990s.

Muni Heritage Day is Saturday, June 4
New generations of fans for this 1956 Muni Mack bus, perfectly restored by Muni’s fabulous shops. You (or your parents or even grandparents) rode one of these to Candlestick Park on cold nights. Or to Playland!

All these, and even more vintage vehicles from Muni’s unmatched collection, will be carrying passengers one day only: Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The popular annual Muni Heritage event, co-sponsored by us with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) since 2012, is BACK after a 30-month pandemic hiatus. And the rides on the vintage vehicles operating specially for Muni Heritage Day will be FREE. (Regular F-line and cable car service will also operate, of course, at normal Muni fares.)

Muni Heritage Day is Saturday, June 4
Take a quick trip to Europe on a 1950s tram that represents both Zurich and Brussels. Practice your Flemish on the signs inside.

Streetcar and vintage bus rides will operate from our San Francisco Railway Museum across from the Ferry Building at 77 Steuart Street (Steuart Street F-line stop; Embarcadero BART and Muni Metro station).  

Muni Heritage Day is Saturday, June 4
Bring the kids to ring a real cable car bell!

In the plaza next to our museum, you’ll find Muni’s motorized cable car, where kids are free to ring the bell and everyone’s invited to take selfies. There’ll be historical displays from several groups, and we’ll have a large memorabilia sale outside our museum.

Muni Heritage Day is Saturday, June 4
Both of Muni’s special cable cars from disappeared lines will carry passengers on Heritage Day. The one on the left, from the Sacramento-Clay line that vanished in 1942, will run along California Street from Market to Van Ness, just a block south of its historic route. The one on the right will revisit the surviving part of its original trackage on Hyde Street, running from Aquatic Park to Bay and Taylor Streets along parts of the Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason lines.

Because of ongoing operator shortages at Muni related to the pandemic, this year’s event will be a single day, Saturday, June 4, with rides offered from 10 am – 4 pm, rather than the two day event of past years. So come early and get your ride on!

If you’re planning to ride the regular F-line along Market Street that day, do note that service from about 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. will be disrupted by a parade. Apparently, a communication breakdown between SFMTA and the Police Department, which issues parade permits, allowed this conflict (incomprehensible to us) to occur. But it will not affect the vintage vehicle rides along The Embarcadero. And we are working with SFMTA to see if some special surprises can be offered to attendees at the end of the operating day at 4 pm.

As the City recovers, Muni Heritage Day is a great way to celebrate our transit history, the approach of summer, and San Francisco in general.

IF you’re not a regular Muni rider and you want to ride regular cable cars, streetcars, light rail vehicles, or buses while you’re here, check out these fare options. (Remember the special vintage vehicle rides are free.)




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