The details are pretty well worked out now. Muni’s E-Embarcadero historic streetcar line will operate Saturday and Sunday, August 25 and 26, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in conjunction with the America’s Cup World Series event.
The E-line’s vintage double-end streetcars will run from the Fisherman’s Wharf F-line terminal at Jones and Beach Streets along F-line tracks past the Ferry Building, but where the F-line turns west to head up Market Street, the E-line cars will continue south on track built years ago just for them, connecting with the Muni Metro N and T lines where they emerge from the subway at The Embarcadero and Folsom Street. From there, the E-line cars will share tracks (but not platforms–see below) with the N and T trains to a terminal at the Caltrain Depot.
1914 Muni streetcar No. 162 seen through the window of a double-ended PCC as both traverse the E-line at Mission and The Embarcadero during special demonstration service in September 2008. Rick Laubscher photo. Click to enlarge.
South of Folsom, the E-line cars will use low-level platforms on the right side of the streetcars, with ramps for wheelchairs. These are separate from the center platforms used by the Breda light rail vehicles on the N and T lines. Market Street Railway is helping Muni put up temporary signage to make the distinction clear to riders.
We’re also joining with the South Beach-Rincon Hill-Mission Bay Neighborhood Association to post volunteers at key stops during the service to help riders and offer information about our advocacy for making the E-line permanent. If you’d like to volunteer, click here. Thanks to Bruce Agid, Nick Figone, and Paul Lucas for all their efforts on the volunteer activity.
The streetcars expected to be used for the service include two 1914 Muni streetcars, Nos. 130 (returning to service after an extended absence) and 162. They are likely to be joined by vintage 1928 Melbourne tram No. 496. Double-ended PCCs will round out the service, all from Muni’s original 1948 group of these rare cars. Nos 1007, 1010, and 1015 have been in regular F-line service for more than 15 years, and No. 1008, recently returned after rebuilding, may possibly have been accepted for service by that date.
There will be five streetcars at a time in E-line service on those dates; headways (time between cars) are expected to average 15 minutes.
Pass the word around to friends and turn out for this very special operation and show your support for the permanent E-line, one of our top priorities.
Click here for the complete SFMTA brochure showing all the special services (and bike tips!) for America’s Cup World Series events. You can download a PDF there as well.