Wall art in Haight Ashbury, San Francisco.
Riding in one of San Francisco’s newest light-rail vehicles while on vacation there, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of familiarity.
San Francisco’s Muni LRVs are made by Siemens and, despite differences in door and seating configuration, are in fact the same high-floor model as the newest light-rail cars purchased by Calgary Transit. The similarities are definitely there, from the whine of the motors to the station announcement chime … and even the malfunctioning passenger information system. (Calgary Transit’s CTrain displays work but sometimes show the wrong time or station information; Muni’s displays were simply off when I rode their light-rail trains.)
The photo above shows a Muni light-rail Metro train operating on the N line, departing from Ocean Beach.
How cool is this? Historic streetcars from all over the world continue to ply their trade on the streets of San Francisco. And it’s not some museum run, either: They are part of the normal, everyday transportation system, providing service on Market Street and along the city’s waterfront.