San Francisco cable cars back in action after temporary disruption 

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Tourists and San Francisco sightseers may have been disappointed for a while Friday, as a communications malfunction temporarily put all three of The City’s iconic cable car lines out of commission. Service was disrupted around 11 a.m. and restored as of 12:40 p.m., Muni officials said.

The transit agency used bus shuttles to replace the cable cars on the Powell-Mason, Powell-Hyde and California Street lines, which collectively carry over 24,000 passengers each day, most of them visitors.

A phone line that the cable cars use for radio communications broke, causing the shutdown, according to Paul Rose, spokesman for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

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