Among F-line operators, there are many who appreciate the history of the vintage streetcars. One of them, Jose Alvarez, often goes the extra mile to share that history with his passengers.
I snapped this photo of Jose yesterday while he was crewing the “boat tram.” He’s explaining to the visitor that this car came all the way from Blackpool, England, and is the only one operating in transit service in the U.S. Sometimes he tells kids on board, “it’s the only one here, and I get to operate it! How cool is that?”
Currently, the boat is in shuttle service between the Wharf and the Ferry Building, but when the crew pulls up to a stop and sees the priceless expressions on people’s faces, they try to talk them into coming for a ride to the Ferry, then transferring to another car to go up Market, by saying “a unique experience…it shouldn’t be missed.”
Great ambassadors for Muni…and San Francisco as well. Thanks to Jose and all the operators with that vintage spirit!