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SFMTA Launches E Embarcadero Historic Streetcar Line; Single-Seat Service from AT&T Park to Fisherman's Wharf

Historic streetcars have taken to a second route in San Francisco with the Aug. 1 launch of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) E Embarcadero Line.

The “E Line,” operating weekends only, provides a single-seat ride from AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants pro baseball team, and the Caltrain station at 4th and King streets to Fisherman’s Wharf and the northeast waterfront. It joins the F Market & Wharves Line in operating with the agency’s fleet of historic streetcars.

“We’re pleased to be expanding our historic streetcar service along the Embarcadero from Fisherman’s Wharf to 4th and King,” said Ed Reiskin, SFMTA director of transportation. “The new E Line creates more capacity and reduces crowding on the enormously popular waterfront of San Francisco. We are proud to work with our longtime historic preservation partners at Market Street Railway to bring this new service to San Franciscans and those who visit the city.”

Specially designated double-ended historic streetcars will transport E Line riders along the same stops as the N Judah and T Third light rail lines between the Caltrain station and Folsom Street. However, the N and T turn at the subway portal while the E Line continues along the Embarcadero, joining the existing F Market stops to Fisherman’s Wharf.

SFMTA, which operates the streetcar service provider San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) among other transportation-related services, conducted pilot testing of the E Line during the America’s Cup 34 event in 2013, receiving favorable results.

The introduction of the E Line is one component of the 10 percent service increase announced earlier this year under the Muni Forward program.

This ongoing effort reallocates limited resources through route changes and service improvements, including implementation and expansion of a Rapid Network of core routes serving almost 70 percent of all SFMTA riders.

Other components of Muni Forward include updating the public transit fleet, making safety and accessibility improvements across the city and using technology to better integrate public transit with traffic signals and provide more real-time information to customers.

The E Embarcadero Line operates with historic streetcars between AT&T Park and Fisherman’s Wharf.

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