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 MUNI Metro

Powell stationThe Muni Metro is a streetcar-like network which runs underground in the city centre with 8 underground stations. Along Market Street, the tunnel is shared by the Muni Metro (upper level) and BART (lower level). The western section of the tunnel between a point west of Castro station and West Portal, the so-called Twin Peaks Tunnel (3.5 km), was opened on 3 Feb 1918 with one underground station at Forest Hill.

The central tunnel is used by all Muni Metro lines (lines K and T are operated jointly), with lines J and N leaving through a portal west of Van Ness station. At the eastern end, lines J, M and L reverse in the underground sidings beyond Embarcadero station, while lines N and T surface before reaching the Folsom stop.

While the western branches have a very basic streetcar alignment, with stops identified by a simple yellow paint on some nearby pole, the new branch from Embarcadero to Sunnydale runs on its own right-of-way with high-level platforms and can thus be classified as a proper light rail line. Along the tunnel stretch, Muni Metro vehicles are operated in ATO mode. Along the western branches, only two stops have full high-level platforms; at several others there are ramps which allow disabled passengers to board at the front door.

The Muni Metro T line, which opened in April 2007, was extended underground north from King Street along Fourth Street, entering a new Central Subway near Bryant Street. It crosses beneath Market Street and continues under Stockton Street. Underground stations are located at Moscone Center, Union Square/Market Street (interchange with BART and Muni Metro at Powell Street station) and Clay Street in Chinatown. A weekend-only service was launched on 19 Nov 2022 between Chinatown-Rose Pak and 4th & Brannan, while regular through service started on 07 Jan 2023.


 Recent Muni Metro History

Feb 1980: Market Street Subway (Van Ness - Embarcadero)
June 1980: Market Street Subway (Van Ness - West Portal)
1998: Embarcadero - Caltrain Station
07 April 2007: 4th & King
(Caltrain Station) - Sunnydale (T line, 8.2 km)
19 Nov 2022: Chinatown-Rose Pak - 4th & Brannan (weekend-only service)
07 Jan 2023: 4th & King - Chinatown/Rose Pak (regular through service - T line, 2.5 km)


Castro Church West Portal Muni Metro
Station by Station Gallery




Brannan Muni Metro Ocean Beach Sunnydale
Station by Station Gallery


San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI Metro)

Central Subway (Project Website)

MUNI Metro at Wikipedia

Bay Area Transit Information - Transit 511.org

MUNI Metro at New York Subway Resources incl. many photos

Market Street Railway (F-line)

Jon Bell's San Francisco Page incl. photos

Muni Metro Station by Station Gallery

Transbay Transit Center (Project Website)

California High Speed Rail (Project Website)

San Francisco County Transportation Authority


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