For approximately two decades after the Muni
Metro subway began, all lines ended at Embarcadero under downtown,
not far from the foot of Market St. San
Francisco's history has been, of course, significantly impacted by
earthquakes, and 1989's Loma Prieta quake left its own share of
major consequences. With an immensely intrusive elevated freeway
damaged, and later demolished, The Embarcadero was ripe for
reshaping and renewal. The southern portion has carried light rail along a reserved
median extended from the subway out through the burgeoning South Beach
neighborhood since early 1998.
The image on this page is at the first
stop above-ground outbound, Folsom. At the time of the photo
N-Judah trains alone were plying these tracks, as far south as to the stop
by the Caltrain depot.
Some of the major
Financial District skyscrapers are visible a few blocks beyond.