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Join Market Street Railway/Renew Your Membership

Your membership in Market Street Railway is very important to keeping the past present in the future. The wonderful historic streetcars in San Francisco didn’t just happen on their own. The support of Market Street Railway Members is what made our successful advocacy for the streetcars possible. We have been told many times, “Without us, it would be a bus.” Seriously.

Today, we need your help to extend and expand Muni’s historic streetcar service, acquire/restore additional streetcars, make the historic streetcars and cable cars more rider friendly, and educate new generations about the importance of protecting our history, so it will survive and thrive in the future. We truly can’t do this without you, our Members. We don’t get a nickel from any government source. Our independence from Muni and other government agencies lets us be a more effective advocate for preserving historic transit in San Francisco.

If you’re already a Market Street Railway Member, you’re probably here because you got a renewal notice. Thank you very much for your support. We hope you’ll consider upgrading your membership to improve our ability to make a difference. If you’re not yet a Member, whether you’re a San Franciscan who loves this city’s history, or a rail aficionado elsewhere in the world, you’ll enjoy your membership in Market Street Railway.

As a Member, you’ll receive:

  • Our exclusive quarterly newsletter, Inside Track, filled with information you won’t see anywhere else, including behind the scenes looks at the politics and other forces shaping Muni’s historic transit operations, plus rare photos and original stories about San Francisco’s transit history and today’s fleet of historic vehicles
  • 10% discount on merchandise at both our online store and in our San Francisco Railway Museum
  • Laminated Bookmark (new members only)
  • Admission to special events, open houses, and other member activities

All members at the $100 annual level and above will also receive a FREE full-color Museums in Motion calendar, with 13 fabulous images of Muni’s historic streetcars and cable cars.

Membership dues and donations are tax-deductible as provided by law under IRS Section 501(c)(3).

To join Market Street Railway or renew your membership:

1) Choose the membership category you prefer, then pull down the menu entitled “Choose an Option” under your desired category to indicate whether you’re a new member or a renewing member. (If you’re renewing, we’d be delighted if you’d upgrade at the same time by choosing a higher membership category. You”ll be helping us do more for the streetcars and cable cars.)

2) Click the “+ CART” yellow button that will appear under your category. (There will be a box with a number in it, which should read “1,” indicating you’re buying a single membership.) You’ll be taken to the CART page.

3) If you already have an account with us (and if you’re renewing your membership, you probably will), click the “Account” tab above the red word “Cart. You’ll be taken to the Account page where you can fill in your ID or email and password and log in. If you don’t have an account, just click the yellow “PROCEED TO CHECKOUT” button.

4) You will be taken to the Checkout page. Fill in the required information and then click the yellow “Proceed to PayPal” button at the bottom of the page. IMPORTANT: You do NOT need a PayPal account; you can safely pay with your regular credit card once you’re on the PayPal page. This is a secure system.

5) On the PayPal page, you’re given a choice. If you have a PayPal account, log in with the email address and password you use for PayPal. If you DO NOT have a PayPal account and want to pay with a credit card, click on the link that says, “Pay with a debit or credit card.” You will have the chance to review your selection and approve it on the PayPal site before any charge is made.)

  • If you have any special requests for us, or additional information, please use the Special Instructions box on the PayPal checkout page, or email your request to us at [email protected].
  • Please note: For tax reasons, memberships must be purchased as a separate charge from other store purchases.

    PAYING BY MAIL WITH A CHECK: If you prefer not to deal with online payment systems, no problem. Just pick your desired membership category and write a check for that amount, payable to “Market Street Railway,” and mail it to Membership, Market Street Railway, 870 Market Street, Suite 803, San Francisco, CA 94102.

    Whichever way you choose to join us, thanks very much for your support!

    Individual Membership

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