F-Line Returns To Market
Get moving! The F-line vintage streetcar service returns to the full length of its route, from Castro to Fisherman’s Wharf, starting May 2021. Per Mid-Market Community Benefit District: the F-line will run Castro District–Fisherman’s Wharf until September, when Better Market Street construction begins; as of then it’ll turn around at Powell and run to Fisherman’s Wharf. The goal of the Better Market Street project is to revitalize Market Street from Octavia Boulevard to The Embarcadero and reestablish the street as the premier cultural, civic and economic center of San Francisco and the Bay Area. The San Francisco Market Street Railway is working with SFMTA to keep the line running during construction.
The F Line streetcar is part of San Francisco’s public transit system (known locally as Muni). A collection of historic streetcars from all over the country have been restored, refurbished, and put back into service on the F Line. Of all the cities in the world, only San Francisco offers the opportunity to see such a variety of attractions from two different types of vintage rail transit vehicles, historic streetcars and the world-famous cable cars. Lucky for residents at Serif, Market Street plays host to them both!
What’s the difference?
Streetcars like the F Line run above ground and get their power from overhead electrical wires. While they come in many different color patterns, all of San Francisco’s streetcars have a similar shape and size. They’re about as big as a city bus and they look like they rode in right out of an old movie.
Cable cars are smaller and boxier. Like streetcars, cable cars run above ground; but unlike streetcars, they are propelled by steel cables hidden beneath the pavement.
End to end, the F Line runs six miles each way and passes through more than 150 years of history. The F Line runs from the Castro along Market Street all the way to the Embarcadero, passing through Civic Center and the Financial District, before turning north and following the waterfront to Fisherman’s Wharf. The F Line is also convenient for exploring Union Square and SoMa.
Near Serif, in the Upper Market & Civic Center area, as you enjoy a ride you’ll spy The Asian Art Museum, home to one of the world’s finest collections of Asian art, boasting more than 18,000 awe-inspiring artworks. You’ll also pass the San Francisco Opera and Ballet, sharing the War Memorial Opera House, and Davies Symphony Hall, home to the Grammy Award-wining San Francisco Symphony.
As you explore the Union Square & Convention Area you’ll discover a shopping spree of your dreams at the iconic Union Square and the Westfield San Francisco Centre, with a myriad of luxury retailers within a few tight blocks.
Be part of the movement. Find the F-line streetcars running right now on the live map and hop aboard.