Celebrated Muni’s 100th Anniversary (363/366)

363MuniTop “I left my heart in San Francisco
High on a hill, it calls to me
To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars
The morning fog may chill the air, I don’t care”
~ George Cory & Douglass Cross

Today is the 100th Anniversary of San Francisco’s Muni system.  To commemorate the milestone, Muni rides were free for everyone!  Nick and I decided we’d go enjoy each of the City’s Muni cars, and celebrate the great San Francisco Municipal Railway.

We hopped on the 33 and took it down to the underground station.

The bus had a “Free Rides Today!” sign, but that one was hand-written – the Muni station had a fancy printed one!  Nice.  We hopped on a downtown train.
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We got to the famous Cable Car Turnaround just off of Market Street, and the line was hilariously long!  But we wanted do the nostalgic, touristy thing and weren’t in a hurry, so we hung out and waited in line.  It was fun seeing all the different kinds of folks waiting to ride the cable car, and wondered if people thought this was how long the line normally is (it isn’t – this was about five times as long as it usually is – when it reached the end of the block just past Blondie’s, it actually doubled back again.  Crazy!).

There was even a news guy there.  Literally, just the one.  The poor dude had to set up his own camera and everything.  I guess the story wasn’t as huge as the line.  Ha ha ha!
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Some of the cars were decked out for the occasion.  Loved these!

After our fun ride to Fisherman’s Wharf, and a fantastically delicious meal of Dungeness crab from Nick’s Lighthouse (where I had street stall crab for the first time this year, too!), we hopped on the F train and rode it all the way back to the Castro.
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And thanks to NextMuni.com (which I actually used for the first time this year, too!), we found out a 33 was heading up the hill just as we neared the stop.
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This was such a fun day.  A lot of people complain about our Muni system, and I’ll be the first to admit there are a lot of things that could be improved, but riding all the different cars today, I realized it has actually gotten better due to the technology we have now.  If you’re waiting for an underground train, you can see on a monitor in the station when that car is actually in the subway, which lets you know it will probably arrive on time, and thanks to NextMuni.com, you can figure out when the next bus should be arriving at your stop.  And seriously, how cool is it that our Cable Cars are a national landmark?  If you haven’t ridden a cable car yet, come ride one!

Related Links:
Cable Car Museum’s Muni Centennial Page
SFMTA Homepage
Bought a Crab From a Fisherman’s Wharf Stall (321/366)

2 Responses to “Celebrated Muni’s 100th Anniversary (363/366)”
  1. Ying says:

    That looks like it was super fun! Maybe I’ll do it next year.

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