Tourists rejoice: The beleaguered Powell Street cable car line is expected to resume service at 6 Friday morning, after a house call from the manufacturer of its cables.

The Powell car was offline last night from 4:45 on, with shuttle buses disappointing fannypackers picking up the slack.

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  • Greg Dewar

    This has been a problem for some time now -I subscribe to MUNI’s troublealert RSS feed and there’s a breakdown at least once a week on one or both of the lines.

    It HAS been about 30 years since the last big overhaul of the system (That’s why you see cable cars with plaques from dead businesses like Atari on them ) and maybe it’s time for another. Too bad the Governor, Gavin, and the Legislature have been slashing MUNI’s budget for years, and now eliminated 100s of millions of dollars more.

    I know there’s cable car haters out there, but as a tourist destination it’s a key piece of the tourist experience. Perhaps if MUNI hadn’t tricked voters with shady voter tactics back in the 50s to dismanted most of the system, including the profitable Washington/Jackson line, and killing the California line at Van Ness, the system could have been making more money….o well…

  • Greg Dewar

    This has been a problem for some time now -I subscribe to MUNI’s troublealert RSS feed and there’s a breakdown at least once a week on one or both of the lines.

    It HAS been about 30 years since the last big overhaul of the system (That’s why you see cable cars with plaques from dead businesses like Atari on them ) and maybe it’s time for another. Too bad the Governor, Gavin, and the Legislature have been slashing MUNI’s budget for years, and now eliminated 100s of millions of dollars more.

    I know there’s cable car haters out there, but as a tourist destination it’s a key piece of the tourist experience. Perhaps if MUNI hadn’t tricked voters with shady voter tactics back in the 50s to dismanted most of the system, including the profitable Washington/Jackson line, and killing the California line at Van Ness, the system could have been making more money….o well…