We built this city

Our transit history in stories, videos, photos, maps

When we say “we built this city”, we mean visionaries, companies, public agencies, and the day-to-day work of hundreds of thousands of people dating back before the Civil War, building a high-functioning transit network — starting with steam trains and horsecars and moving on to cable cars, electric streetcars, buses, and rapid transit trains — to take generations of San Franciscans and visitors to work, learn, shop, and play.

Together, these people, visions, and vehicles transformed the sleepy tip of a peninsula on the Pacific into one of the world’s greatest — and most livable — cities. We tell those stories here, and we are regularly adding new content, so stop back often.

Vintage transit stories

Where the streetcars used to go

Vintage photos