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Guide to riding BART & MUNI

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This is a beginner's guide to riding the MUNI light rail and BART train system in San Francisco. Public transportation systems vary a fair amount between cities, so new transplants to San Francisco may need a few pointers on successfully navigating MUNI and BART.

You will need:

  • Money for a ticket


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Ride a Cable Car

For more information contact the San Francisco Municipal Railway at 415-673-MUNI (6864) or visit www.sfmta.com or www.sfcablecar.com

San Francisco’s cable cars were named a National Historic Landmark in 1964 by the US Interior Department’s National Park Service. The historic cars run on tracks and are moved by an underground cable on three routes. There are currently 40 cars in service: 28 “single-enders” serve the Powell Street routes and 12 “double-enders” serve the California Street route. The cables pull up to 26 cars at a time on weekdays. The cars have a capacity of carrying more than 60 people, and over 7.5 million passengers ride these cars each year. Tickets may be purchased at the cable car turnarounds at the ends of each route ($5 each way).