UPDATE, Saturday, August 26, 9:30 a.m. — Even though the “white nationalist” gathering at Crissy Field was cancelled and the city subsequently barred them from moving it to Alamo Square, buses are still running on the F, instead of streetcars. Streetcars are running on the E-line this morning.
Because of the planned protests and counter-protests around San Francisco this coming Saturday, August 26, Muni has decided to replace all three cable car lines and the F-Market & Wharves streetcar line with buses all day.
As of this writing, the E-Embarcadero is still slated to operate with streetcars between Caltrain and Fisherman’s Wharf along the waterfront, but it is subject to rerouting if threatened with disruption.
A growing number of counter-protests around the city have been scheduled in response to the National Park Service issuing a permit to a white supremacy group to hold a rally at Crissy Field in the Presidio. One counter-protest will start in the Castro and march down Market Street to Civic Center. It is presumed F-line bus service will be rerouted during the march.
In recent years, top Muni management has been very protective of the cable cars in particular, pulling them out of service during heavy storms and demonstrations that might lead to damage against the antique vehicles.
The Saturday changes will NOT affect our “Bay to Breakers” charter of Muni’s very first streetcar from our San Francisco Railway Museum to the Zoo on Sunday, August 27. There is still room on this great excursion. Sign up here!