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Guide to riding BART & MUNI

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Step 5: Choose a seat or standing place

It may be more convenient to choose a seat that’s on the inside of the aisle so others won’t need to climb over you to reach that empty seat.

If it's standing room only, move as far into the car as possible. As more people enter the train, move further back into the train to make room and be courteous. There are poles at the top of the cars on both MUNI and BART that you can hold.

If it's not crowded but you feel like standing anyway, stand away from the doors that will open at the next stop.

Where to put your bags
If you're sitting, put your bag on your lap or between your feet. If you're standing, put your bag between your feet on the floor or hug it to the front of your body. If it's crowded, do not wear your bag so that it protrudes from your side or back.

How to stand
Keep a slightly wide stance and be prepared for sudden stops. It is recommended that you hold on to a pole. See the photos for some creative ways to avoid directly holding the pole if you prefer not to. Try to avoid touching other people if possible. If it's very crowded, you may be forced to be in contact with another passenger. Try to position  yourself to avoid touching people, or breathing on someone's face.

Bikes, luggage and strollers
You can bring bikes onto BART during most times. Only folding bikes are allowed on within San Francisco (below Embarcadero) during rush hour. When you get on, seat or stand yourself in the space designated for bikes and the disabled near the door, by the map or emergency directions information. Be prepared to move around a fair amount so that you don't get in people's way. This also applies ot people with lots of luggage or strollers, etc.

Special riders
To be courteous and respectful, offer your seat to elderly or pregnant people. They are allowed the seats near the front. This also applies to  the disabled. Note the area reserved for them.

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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).