SAN FRANCISCO TRANSIT ROUTES

CONCISE HISTORY

Until 1944, when the San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni) acquired the Market Street Railway (MSR), MSR was the larger of the transit providers in San Francisco. MSR had used numbers for its routes. While Muni used letters for its streetcar routes, and its own numbers for its bus routes. From 1944 to 1949 the Muni bus routes added the letter "M" to avoid confusion. And in 1949, Muni renumbered its original bus routes, using available numbers in the MSR numbering system.

Muni continues to use the letters for its remaining rail routes. For a while, the cable car routes were identified as routes 59-60-61, but are now identified on maps with letter abbreviations reflecting the streets served. The California Street Cable Railroad Co. (CalC) remained an independent cable car operator until 1952.

The first horse cars in San Francisco were introduced in 1860 by the original Market Street Railroad Co., on Market Street. Little information is available for the horse car operations.

Start dates are not available for all streetcar routes. Routes with "(1906)", in parentheses, had begun earlier, with service suspended after damage from the 1906 earthquake.

Start dates are also not available for certain recently created express bus routes.



Route   Route         Prior    Old    Cable  Electric   Motor   Trolley   New
Number  Name          Company  Route  Cars   Street     Buses   Buses     Route
                               Number        Cars                         Number

PM    Powell-Mason         MSR  59    1888  --------  --------  --------
PH    Powell-Hyde          MSR  60    1891  --------  --------  --------
C     California St.       CalC 61    1878  --------  --------  --------

      Geary-10th Av.       Muni A     ----  12/28/12  12/ 5/32  --------  Disc. 1932
      Geary                Muni B     1880  12/28/12  12/29/56  --------  To 38 1956
      Geary-California     Muni C     ----  1905      12/29/56  --------  Disc. 1956
      Van Ness             Muni D     ----   8/15/14   3/18/50  --------  To 45 1950
      Union                Muni E     1880  1906       4/21/47   6/ 9/47  To 41 1949
      Stockton             Muni F     ----  12/29/14  --------   1/20/51  To 30 1951
      Exposition           Muni G     ----  1915      --------  --------  Disc. 1915
      Potrero              Muni H     ----   8/15/14   3/18/50  10/14/51  To 47 1951
      Exposition           Muni I     ----   1/20/15  --------  --------  Disc. 1915
      Exposition           Muni J     ----   2/20/15  --------  --------  Disc. 1916
 J    Church               Muni J     ----   8/11/17  --------  --------
 K    Ingleside            Muni K     ----   2/ 3/18  --------  --------
 L    Taraval              Muni L     ----   4/12/19   2/20/18  --------
 M    Ocean View           Muni M     ----  10/ 6/25  --------  --------
 N    Judah                Muni N     ----  10/21/28  --------  --------

 F    Market & Wharves     MSR   8    1883   5/ 6/06  11/ 5/45   7/ 3/49  New rail 1996
 T    Third St.            MSR  16    ----  unknown    9/12/41  --------  New rail 2007

Route   Route         Prior    Old    Cable  Electric   Motor   Trolley   New
Number  Name          Company  Route  Cars   Street     Buses   Buses     Route
                               Number        Cars                         Number

  1   California           MSR   1    ----   5/26/05   7/ 3/49   1/21/51
      (Sacramento)         MSR  55    1892  --------   2/15/42  12/16/81
      (Clay)               MSR  55    1873  --------   2/15/42  12/16/81
  1AX California "A" Exp.  Muni  1X   ----  --------   8/29/79  --------
  1BX California "B" Exp.  Muni  1X   ----  --------   8/29/79  --------
  2   Clement              MSR   2    ----  1896       7/ 3/49  --------
  3   Jackson              MSR   3    ----   7/ 4/06   7/ 3/49   1/21/51
 (4)  Sutter               MSR   4    1877  1906       8/ 1/48   1/21/51  Disc. 2009
  5   Fulton (McAllister)  MSR   5    1883  1906       6/ 6/48   1/21/51
  6   Parnassus            MSR   6    ----   2/ 7/16   7/ 4/48   7/ 3/49
 (7)  Haight               MSR   7    1883  12/26/06   7/ 4/48   7/ 3/49  Disc. 2009
 (8)  Market               MSR   8    1883   5/ 6/06  11/ 5/45   7/ 3/49  To  F 1996
  8X  Bayshore Exp.
  8AX Bayshore "A" Exp.
  8BX Bayshore "B" Exp.
 (9)  Richland (Valencia)  MSR   9    1883  12/ 1/06   1/16/49   3/18/50  To 67 1983
  9   San Bruno            MSR  25    ----  (1906)     8/ 1/48  --------
  9L  San Bruno Ltd.
      (Kearny)             MSR  15    ----  1900      10/ 7/46  --------
 10   Townsend             Muni 42    ----  --------   9/10/80  --------
(11)  Hoffman              MSR  11    ----  (1906)     1/16/49  --------  To 42 1983
(12)  Mission-Ocean        MSR  12    ----  (1906)    11/ 1/48   5/18/52  To 49 1983
 12   Folsom               Muni 12    ----  --------  1983      --------
      (Pacific)            Muni 83    ----  --------  1970's    --------
(13)  Ellsworth            Muni 13    ----  --------  10/16/70  --------  To 67 1983
 14   Mission              MSR  14    ----  (1906)     1/16/49   1/ 6/52
 14L  Mission Ltd.         Muni 14    ----  --------   1/ 6/52  --------
 14X  Mission Exp.         Muni 14    ----  --------   1/16/49  --------
(14GL)Mission-Guerrero     Muni 14GL  ----  --------   1/16/56  --------  Disc. 1983
(15)  Third St.            MSR  16    ----  unknown    9/12/41  --------  To  T 2007
 16X  Noriega Exp.         Muni  2    ----  --------   3/23/41  --------
 17   Parkmerced           Muni 17    ----  --------   3/24/47  --------
 18   46th Avenue          Muni 18    ----  --------   9/10/50  --------
      (Lake Merced)        Muni 18    ----  --------  1981      --------
 19   Polk                 MSR  19    1883  1906       9/29/45  --------
      (Evans)              Muni 42    ----  --------   6/24/45  --------
(20)  Ellis                MSR  20    ----  unknown    9/27/47  --------  To 71 1951
 21   Hayes                MSR  21    1886   6/10/06   6/ 6/48   7/ 3/49
 22   Fillmore             MSR  22    ----  (1906)     8/ 1/48   1/16/49
(23)  Crescent (Richland)  MSR  23    ----   9/ 6/14   6/23/40  --------  To 67 1983
 23   Monterey             Muni  3    ----  --------  12/ 5/25  --------
      (Sloat)              Muni 18    ----  --------   4/ 8/45  --------
      (Sunnyside)          MSR  10    ----  unknown    1/28/40  --------
 24   Divisadero           MSR  24    ----   5/20/06   4/ 6/41  1983
      (Castro)             MSR        1887  --------   4/ 6/41  1983
(25)  Bryant               MSR  25    ----  (1906)     8/ 1/48  --------  To  9 1983
(26)  Valencia             MSR   9    1883  12/ 1/06   2/ 4/45  --------  Disc. 2009
      (San Jose)           MSR  26    ----  1891       2/ 4/45  --------
 27   Bryant (Noe)         MSR  27    ----  unknown    8/14/48  --------
      (Leavenworth)        Muni 80    ----  --------   2/ 1/51  --------
 28   19th Avenue          Muni  3    ----  --------   7/ 9/39  --------
 28L  19th Avenue Ltd.
(29)  Visitacion           MSR  50    ----  --------   6/24/45  --------  To 56 1980
 29   Sunset               MSR  20    ----  unknown    9/27/47  --------
      (Fitzgerald)         Muni  9    ----  --------   8/ 6/39  --------
 30   Stockton             Muni F     ----  12/28/14  --------   1/20/51
      (Marina)             Muni  5    ----  --------  1927       1/20/51
 30X  Marina Express       Muni 30X   ----  --------   1/16/56  --------
 31   Balboa               MSR  31    ----   5/15/32   7/ 3/49  1990's
 31AX Balboa "A" Exp.      Muni 31X   ----  --------   8/29/79  --------
 31BX Balboa "B" Exp.      Muni 31X   ----  --------   8/29/79  --------
(32)  Embarcadero          Muni  4    ----  --------   1/27/27  --------  To FN 1996
 33   Stanyan (Ashbury)    MSR  33    ----  1890's    --------  10/ 6/35
      (Potrero)            Muni 47    ----   8/15/14   3/18/50  10/14/51
(34)  Woodside             Muni 34    ----  --------   9/ 5/61  --------  To 36
 35   Eureka               Muni  6    ----  --------   7/28/35  --------
(36)  Folsom               MSR  36    ----  unknown    1/28/45  --------  Disc. 1948
 36   Teresita (Miraloma)  Muni  7    ----  --------   7/23/39  --------
 37   Corbett              Muni  8    ----  --------  1945      --------
      (Roosevelt)          Muni 14    ----  --------   4/ 6/41  --------
 38   Geary                Muni B     1880  12/28/12  12/29/56  --------
 38L  Geary Ltd.           Muni       ----  --------  12/29/56  --------
 38AX Geary "A" Exp.
 38BX Geary "B" Exp.
 39   Coit                 Muni 11    ----  --------   7/30/39  --------
(40)  San Mateo            MSR        ----  1903      --------  --------  Disc. 1949
 41   Union                Muni E     1880  1906       4/21/47   6/ 9/47
      (Howard)             MSR  35    1889  1899      11/ 5/39   9/ 7/41  Disc. 1983
(42)  Evans                Muni 42    ----  --------   6/24/45  --------  To 19 1980
(42)  Downtown Loop        Muni 42    ----  --------   9/10/80  --------  To 10 2001
 43   Masonic              Muni 14    ----  --------  11/17/46  --------
      (Laguna Honda)       Muni  1    ----  --------   9/26/29  --------
(44)  Diamond Heights      Muni 44    ----  --------   5/16/71  --------  To 52 1980
 44   O'Shaughnessy        Muni 44    ----  --------   9/10/80  --------
      (Silver)             MSR  51    ----  --------  10/27/27  --------
      (Golden Gate Park)   Muni  1    ----  --------   9/ 4/17  --------
 45   Union-Stockton       Muni D     ----   8/15/14   3/19/50  --------
 47   Van Ness             Muni H     ----   8/15/14   3/19/50  10/14/51
      (Potrero)            Muni H     ----   8/15/14   3/19/50  10/14/51  To 33 1983
 48   Quintara-24th St.    Muni  6    ----  --------  10/14/39  --------
      (Hoffman)            MSR  11    ----  (1906)     1/16/49  --------
 49   Van Ness-Mission     Muni 12    ----  --------  1983      --------
(50)  Crocker-Amazon       MSR  50    ----  --------   4/ 6/26  --------  To 43 1980
(51)  Silver               MSR  51    ----  --------  10/27/27  --------  To 44 1980
 52   Excelsior            MSR  52    ----  --------   4/ 6/26  --------
      (Diamond Heights)    Muni 44    ----  --------   5/16/71  --------
(53)  Southern Heights     MSR  53    ----  --------   2/10/32  --------  Disc. 2009
 54   Felton               Muni 54    ----  --------  1970's    --------
(55)  Sacramento           MSR  55    1892  --------   2/15/42  12/16/81  To  1 1982
      (Clay)               MSR  55    1873  --------   2/15/42  12/16/81  To  1 1982
 56   Rutland              MSR  29    ----  --------   6/24/45  --------

Route   Route         Prior    Old    Cable  Electric   Motor   Trolley   New
Number  Name          Company  Route  Cars   Street     Buses   Buses     Route
                               Number        Cars                         Number

 66   Quintara             Muni 78    ----  --------   9/11/50  --------
 67   Bernal (Richland)    MSR   9    1883  12/ 1/06   1/16/49   3/18/50
      (Ellsworth)          Muni 13    ----  --------  10/16/70  --------
 71   Haight-Noriega       MSR  20    ----  unknown    9/27/47  --------
 71L  Haight-Noriega Ltd.
(72)  Haight-Sunset        MSR  20    ----  unknown    9/27/47  --------  To 29
 76X  Marin Headlands
(79)  15th Avenue
(80)  Leavenworth          Muni 80    ----  --------   2/ 1/51  --------  To 27 1974
(81)  Bacon-Fitzgerald     Muni  9    ----  --------   8/ 6/39  --------  To 29 1982
 80X  Gateway Exp.         Muni 80X   ----  --------   4/13/77  --------
 81X  Caltrain Exp.        Muni 81X   ----  --------  1981      --------
(82X) Presidio & Wharves   Muni 82X   ----  --------
 82X  Levi Plaza Express
 83X  Mid-Market Express
(83)  Pacific              Muni 83    ----  --------   9/29/79  --------  To 12
 88   BART Shuttle         Muni 88    ----  --------  1983      --------
 90   Owl
 91   Owl
108   Treasure Island

On 2/19/80, the Muni Metro tunnel was opened underneath Market Street for the N Judah route, replacing surface operation on Market Street. And as of 6/17/81, all weekday service on the rail routes J-K-L-M-N were using the tunnel. Weekend service continued to use the surface route.

Muni routes A and B Geary replaced a cable car line originally opened by the Geary Street, Park & Ocean Railroad.

Muni routes C California and E Union were previously United Railroads routes, acquired by Muni in 1915. The California segment was a steam dummy line, until conversion to electric operation in 1905.

In 1915, three temporary routes G-I-J operated to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

Muni route L Taraval was temporarily a bus route, until completion of the streetcar route.

49 Van Ness-Mission is a supplementary route, created recently and duplicating segments of previously established routes.

The only trolleybus routes to be replaced with motor buses were route 9 Richland, route 12 Mission-Ocean, and the Howard segment of route 41. The Howard segment of was converted in 1970. And routes 9 and 12 were replaced with revised motor bus routes in 1983.

In 1983, Muni discontinued the Howard segment of route 41, with bus service since provided strictly by SamTrans, from San Mateo County.

In 1996, trolleybus route 8 on Market Street was replaced with streetcar route F. Bus route 32 Embarcadero was also replaced with streetcar extensions of routes F and N.

In 2007, bus route 15 on Third Street was replaced with light rail route T.

In 2009, several routes were discontinued due to funding shortages.


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