cable-car.jpg12:40 PM: The MTA says that “the radio problem has been resolved and cable car service is returning to the three cable car lines.” Tourists rejoice!

11:40 AM: According to the SFMTA, all three cable car lines have been taken out of service due to communication problems.

As of 11 AM, says agency spokesperson Paul Rose, cable car service on all three cable car lines, the Powell-Mason, Powell-Hyde and California, was shut down over “a problem with the phone line that carries the radio communications.”

Shuttle buses, says Rose, are running in place of the cable cars.

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