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Your support helps keep San Francisco’s wonderful historic streetcars and cable cars on track.

Donate today to help our nonprofit keep the past present in the future.

Or join Market Street Railway and get the special benefits of membership.

Support Us - Monthly, Annually, or Just Once
Few cities in the world can match the variety of historic electric streetcars operated in San Francisco.

Market Street Railway led the campaign to bring San Francisco’s historic electric streetcars back to our streets. Our 40+ years of advocacy and support for the City’s transit agency, Muni, brought two dozen additional streetcars from around the world, and created a world-class transportation line that takes both San Franciscans and visitors to work, dine, shop, and play. We continue to advocate tirelessly to keep the vintage streetcar fleet operating efficiently and looking great.

Support Us - Monthly, Annually, or Just Once
Powell cable cars wearing authentic 1890s liveries, decorated for Lunar New Year celebrations.

We also support San Francisco’s unique cable cars, helping restore historic paint schemes to more than a dozen cable cars, and telling the story of this wonderful San Francisco invention on the cars themselves, as well as online. Equally importantly, we fight to make cable car service efficient as well as attractive, in support of the many small businesses that depend on visitors riding the cars.

In 2023, we are spearheading the 150th anniversary of cable cars with special events.

We don’t get a nickel from Muni or any government source. It’s people like you, who love the idea of colorful vintage transit playing a vital part in San Francisco’s daily life, who enable us to do what we do.

Here are ways you can help us keep the past present in the future.

Make a one-time donation to show your support for what we do. Donate today

Support us monthly or annually! You’ll get our exclusive quarterly member magazine, Inside Track, plus a 10% discount on all gifts and memorabilia we offer at our San Francisco Railway Museum and online store. Join Market Street Railway

Already a Member? Renew here

Join annually, and you’ll get a renewal notice one month before membership expires. Or you can choose now to auto-renew your annual membership. If you choose the monthly option, renewal is automatic; you can stop anytime by sending an email to 

Market Street Railway is an IRS 501 (c)(3) organization. Our Tax ID is: 94-2499217. Your gift is tax-deductible as only intangible benefits are being provided in return.

Shop! Our online store carries many San Francisco gifts and souvenirs you can’t find anywhere else, because we design them ourselves. All net proceeds from merchandise sales support our mission of preserving historic transit in San Francisco. Go shopping

Volunteer! We keep costs down by enlisting volunteers for many functions performed by paid staff in other non-profits. Become a volunteer

We’re particularly grateful for the generosity of businesses and foundations, shown on the right, that help us. Please patronize them.