Muni has let us know that “the Powell Street portion of the Powell-Hyde and Powell-Mason cable car lines is down because of the problem with the cable.” They do not expect to resume regular Powell Street cable car service until Saturday morning, with shuttle buses doing the job until then.

It’s times like this when someone asks “do the buses cost five bucks to ride, too?” The answer is, no, they cost the regular $1.50 fare.

The Powell line had a spring plagued with problems, but, until now, hadn’t suffered a significant outage since early March.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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