The full name of the system, San Francisco Municipal Railway, has an old-fashioned charm to it; in fact, San
Francisco was the earliest major city in the country -- in 1912
-- to establish
municipal ownership for at least a portion of its transportation
This view is from street level, Market St. near California St. The stairway
and ascending escalator serve the Embarcadero station for Muni and BART.
This was once very busy streetcar territory for competing systems
operating along Market: Muni and Market Street Railway. But for several decades before the coming
of the subway no rails ran along these blocks. Service was truncated
from the the earlier loop ending by the Ferry Building, and the remaining
routes executed a street-running loop to access Transbay Transportation Terminal, several blocks
ahead and to the left.
F-line historic service serves the surface route now. One of their
PCCs is rather indistinctly visible in the background, with two Muni buses
appearing closer to the camera.