San Francisco’s historic cable cars out of service this week 

Tourists and local commuters hoping to catch a ride on San Francisco’s historic cable cars will be out of luck for the next few days.

Starting Wednesday, all three of Muni’s cable car lines will be out of service, the first time in 27 years that San Francisco’s iconic “moving landmarks,” will be completely unavailable to the public.

Muni’s California Street cable car line, which runs from Van Ness Avenue to Drum Street and serves mostly local residents, has been down since January for repairs. The City’s two other lines, the Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde, which connect tourists from downtown San Francisco to Fisherman’s Wharf and Ghirardelli Square, will be out of service through Sunday due to maintenance work.

During the next five days, shuttle buses will replace service on Muni’s cable car lines, and fares for the rides will be $2, instead of the normal $5.

In April, all three lines underwent maintenance work, but a portion of the Powell-Hyde line remained open to customers. This is the first time all three lines will be shut down entirely.

Muni’s cable car lines haven’t received major infrastructure improvements in the last 27 years, and the agency has said the latest work is necessary to maintain the vehicle’s reliability, safety and efficiency.

Over 24,000 passengers take the cable cars each day.

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