San Francisco-Oakland

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Overview - San Francisco-Oakland

Located on a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay, San Francisco is a city and county in California. It has approximately 883,000 inhabitants in the city proper as of 2018. To the east across the San Francisco Bay, Oakland is the county seat of Alameda County. It has approximately 429,000 inhabitants in the city proper as of 2018. The San Francisco-Oakland metropolitan area (San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley) comprised 4,729,484 residents as of the 2018 US Census Bureau Estimate.


San Francisco and Oakland's rapid transit network consists of a cross-bay regional rapid transit network, a subway-surface streetcar with six branches on the west side of the bay, and a bus rapid transit line on the east side of the bay. It also has two heritage streetcar services, three cable cars, and a commuter rail line. The regional rapid transit network includes a diesel light rail shuttle and a people mover.

MUNI Metro

Opened 1980, MUNI Metro consists of a subway-surface streetcar with six branches and two historic streetcar services that serve the city of San Francisco, California. Expansion plans include multiple subway sections. All MUNI strip maps use a gray stroke circle for accessible stations/stops and a rectangle for partially or inaccessible stops.

J Church

The J Church of MUNI Metro is a streetcar service on a North-South alignment. It runs from Market Street in the north to Balboa Park in the south, serving 19 stations and stops, one of which is inbound only.


The J Church was opened in August 1917 and the last extension to the line was in June 1993 when full day service was extended to Balboa Park. On August 22, 2020, the line was cut back from Embarcadero to Church & Market (with service planned to be re-extended to Church & Duboce at a later time). The J Church is owned by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI).


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
J Church6-9'6-9'6-9'6-9'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Aug 22, 2020

K Ingleside

The K Ingleside of MUNI Metro is a streetcar service on an East-West alignment. It runs from West Portal/St. Francis Circle in the west to Balboa Park in the east, serving 13 stations and stops. There is through service with the L Taraval. Eastbound L trains become K trains at St. Francis Circle and Westbound K trains become L trains at West Portal.


The K Ingleside was opened in February 1918. Through Service with the L Taraval began in August 2020. The K Ingleside is owned by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI).


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
K Ingleside6-9'6-9'6-9'6-9'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Aug 22, 2020

L Taraval

The L Taraval of MUNI Metro is a streetcar service on an East-West alignment. It runs from St. Francis Circle in the east to the San Francisco Zoo in the west, serving 18 stations and stops, one of which is inbound only. There is through service with the K Ingleside. Eastbound L trains become K trains at St. Francis Circle and Westbound K trains become L trains at West Portal.


The L Taraval was opened in April 1919. Through Service with the K Ingleside began in August 2020. The L Taraval is owned by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI).


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
L Taraval6-9'6-9'6-9'6-9'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Aug 22, 2020

M Ocean View

The M Ocean View of MUNI Metro is a subway-surface light rail and streetcar service on a North-South alignment. It runs from Embarcadero in the north to Balboa Park in the south, serving 26 stations and stops. There is through service with the T Third Street. Eastbound M trains become T trains at West Portal and Westbound T Trains become M trains at Embarcadero. It runs through the Market Street and Twin Peaks Tunnels, sharing track with other MUNI Metro services.


The M Ocean View was opened in October 1925. Through Service with the T Third Street began in August 2020. The M Ocean View is owned by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI).


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
M Ocean View10-14'10-14'10-14'10-14'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Aug 22, 2020

N Judah

The N Judah of MUNI Metro is a subway-surface light rail and streetcar service on an East-West alignment. It runs from 4th & King in the East to Ocean Beach in the west, serving 32 stations and stops. It runs through the Market Street Tunnel from Embarcadero to Van Ness, sharing track with other MUNI Metro services.


The N Judah was opened in October 1928 and the last extension to the line was in August 1998 when the line was extended to 4th & King. The latest station change was the consolidation of Irving & 4th and Irving & 7th into Irving & 5th/6th in August 2020. The N Judah is owned by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI).


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
N Judah6-9'6-9'10-14'10-14'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Aug 22, 2020

S Shuttle

The S Shuttle of MUNI Metro is a subway-surface light rail service on a North-South alignment. It runs from Embarcadero in the north to West Portal in the south, serving 9 stations. It runs through the Market Street and Twin Peaks Tunnels, sharing track with other MUNI Metro services. It has no exclusive track - all track is shared with other services.


The S Shuttle began service in April 2001 as the part-time S Castro Shuttle. Service was made full time and cut back to the tunnel portion only in August 2020. The S Shuttle is owned by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI).


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
S Shuttle6-9'6-9'6-9'6-9'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Aug 22, 2020

T Third Street

The T Third Street of MUNI Metro is a subway-surface light rail service on a North-South alignment. It runs from West Portal/Embarcadero in the north to Sunnydale in the south, serving 30 stations. There is through service with the M Ovean View. Inbound T trains become M trains at Embarcadero and Inbound M trains become T trains at West Portal. It runs through the Market Street and Twin Peaks Tunnels, sharing track with other MUNI Metro services.


The T Third Street was opened in April 2007. Through Service with the M Ocean View began in August 2020. The T Third Street is owned by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI).


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
T Third Street10-14'10-14'10-14'10-14'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Aug 22, 2020

E Embarcadero

The E Embarcadero of MUNI Metro is a heritage streetcar service on a Northwest-Southeast alignment. It runs from 4th & King in the southeast to Jones & Beach in the northwest, serving 18 stops. It shares tracks with the F Market & Wharves on the northern portion of its route.


The E Embarcadero was opened in August 2015 on weekends only, with weekday service beginning April 2016. The E Embarcadero is owned by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI).


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
E Embarcadero20'20'20'20'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Mar 01, 2020

F Market & Wharves

The F Market & Wharves of MUNI Metro is a heritage streetcar service on a North-South alignment. It runs from Jones & Beach in the north to 17th St & Castro in the south, serving 32 stops. It shares tracks with the E Embarcadero on the northern portion of its route.


The F Market & Wharves was opened in September 1995. The F Market & Wharves is owned by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI).


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
F Market & Wharves7'6-7'7'7'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Mar 01, 2020

MUNI Cable Car

Opened 1878, San Francisco's cable car network consists of a three cable car streetcar services that serve the city of San Francisco, California. They are the only surviving cable car streetcar services remaining in the United States.

Powell-Mason

The Powell-Mason Cable Car is a cable car streetcar service on a North-South alignment. It runs from Taylor and Bay in the north to Powell & Market in the south. It shares part of its track with the Powell-Hyde cable car.


The Powell-Mason Cable Car was opened in 1888 and was rebuilt in 1984. The Powell-Mason Cable Car is operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI).


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Powell-Mason8'8-10'8-10'8-10'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Mar 01, 2020

Powell-Hyde

The Powell-Hyde Cable Car is a cable car streetcar service on a North-South alignment. It runs from Hyde & Beach in the north to Powell & Market in the south. It shares part of its track with the Powell-Mason cable car.


The Powell-Hyde Cable Car was opened in 1888 and was rebuilt in 1984. The Powell-Hyde Cable Car is operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI).


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Powell-Hyde8'8-10'8-10'8-10'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Mar 01, 2020

California

The California Cable Car is a cable car streetcar service on an East-West alignment. It runs from Van Ness in the west to Market & Drumm in the east (Montgomery Station), serving 18 stops.


The California Cable Car was opened in 1888 and was rebuilt in 1984. The California Cable Car is operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI).


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
California8'6-8'10-12'10-12'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Mar 01, 2020

BART

Opened 1972, BART is a heavy rail suburban rapid transit network providing regional service to the entire San Francisco Bay Area via six heavy rail rapid transit services, a diesel light rail line, and a people mover line.

Orange Line (Richmond-Berryessa)

The BART Orange Line is a 82 km rapid transit service on a North-South alignment. It runs from Richmond in the north to Berryessa/North San José in the south via downtown Oakland, serving 21 stations.


The Orange Line was opened in September 1972 and the last extension to the line was in June 2020 when service was extended to Berryessa/North San José. The Orange Line is operated by Bay Area Rapid Transit.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Orange15'15'20'24'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Mar 01, 2020

Yellow Line (Pittsburgh/Bay Point-SFO)

The BART Yellow Line is an 88.8 km rapid transit service on a North-South alignment. It runs from Pittsburgh/Bay Point in the north to San Francisco International Airport in the south via downtown Oakland and downtown San Francisco, serving 28 stations. The eBART extension is branded as part of the Yellow Line.


The Yellow Line was opened in May 1973 and the last adjustment to the line was in February 2020 with the cutback to Millbrae in the south. The Yellow Line is operated by Bay Area Rapid Transit.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Yellow15'5-10'20'24'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Mar 01, 2020

eBART (Pittsburgh/Bay Point-Antioch)

The eBART (East Contra Costa County BART extension) is a 16.3 km diesel light rail service on an East-West alignment. It runs from Antioch in the east to Pittsburgh/Bay Point in the west, where it connects with the Yellow Line. It is branded as part of the Yellow Line.


eBART was opened in May 2018. eBART is owned and operated by Bay Area Rapid Transit.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
eBART15'15'20'24'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Mar 01, 2020

Green Line (Berryessa-Daly City)

The BART Green Line is a 85 km rapid transit service on an upside down U shaped alignment. It runs from Daly City in the west to Berryessa/North San José in the east via downtown Oakland and downtown San Francisco, serving 21 stations.


The Green Line was opened in August 1974 and the last extension to the line was in June 2020 when service was extended to Berryessa/North San José. The Green Line is operated by Bay Area Rapid Transit.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Green15'15'20'No Service

Schedules -- Last Updated: Mar 01, 2020

Red Line (Richmond-Millbrae)

The BART Red Line is a 58.7 km rapid transit service on a North-South alignment. It runs from Richmond in the north to Millbrae in the south via downtown Oakland and downtown San Francisco, serving 24 stations. Trains terminate at Daly City instead of Millbrae on Saturday.


The Red Line was opened in April 1976 and began all day operation in July 1980. The last extension to the line was in June 2003 when service was extended to Millbrae. The Red Line is operated by Bay Area Rapid Transit.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Red15'15'20'No Service

Schedules -- Last Updated: Mar 01, 2020

Blue Line (Dublin/Pleasanton-Daly City)

The BART Blue Line is a 57.5 km rapid transit service on an East-West alignment. It runs from Dublin/Pleasanton in the east to Daly City in the west via downtown Oakland and downtown San Francisco, serving 18 stations. Some trains terminate at Montgomery Street on Sunday.


The Blue Line was opened in May 1997. The last extension to the line was the opening of West Dublin/Pleasanton in February 2011. The Blue Line is operated by Bay Area Rapid Transit.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Blue 15'15'20'24'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Mar 01, 2020

Purple Line (SFO-Millbrae)

The BART Purple Line is a 2.7 km rapid transit service on a North-South alignment. It shuttles from San Francisco International Airport in the north to Millbrae in the south, serving 2 stations.


The Purple Line first operated between June 2003 and February 2004. Present day service began in February 2019. The Purple Line is operated by Bay Area Rapid Transit.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Purple 6'6'6'6'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Mar 01, 2020

Beige Line (Coliseum-OAK)

The BART Beige Line is a 5.1 km people mover on a North-South alignment. It shuttles from Coliseum in the north to Oakland International Airport in the south, serving 2 stations.


The Beige Line was opened in November 2014. The Beige Line is operated by Bay Area Rapid Transit.


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Beige 30' 30'20'6'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Mar 01, 2020

Caltrain

For information on Caltrain, refer to the San José Page, covering the Santa Clara Valley.

AC Transit Tempo

Opened 2020, Tempo is a bus rapid transit network serving the East Bay cities.

Tempo 1T - International Blvd

Tempo 1T - International Blvd is a 15.3 km bus rapid transit service on a Northwest-Southeast alignment. It runs from Uptown Transit Center in the north to San Leandro BART in the south, serving 34 stations.


Tempo 1T was opened in August 2020. Tempo 1T is operated by AC Transit


Headways
ServiceM-F MiddayM-F RushSat.Sun.Notes
Tempo 1T10'10'10'10'

Schedules -- Last Updated: Aug 10, 2020

References & Helpful Links

San Francisco MUNI Metro at Wikipedia

San Francisco Cable Cars at Wikipedia

Bay Area Rapid Transit at Wikipedia

Caltrain at Wikipedia

Tempo at Wikipedia

Official Website for San Francisco MUNI: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority

Official Website for BART: Bay Area Rapid Transit

Official Website for Caltrain: Caltrain

Official Website for Tempo: AC Transit Tempo


Maps

All Official Maps - SFMTA [Last Accessed Aug 22, 2020]

Official System Map - MUNI Metro [PDF] [Last Accessed Mar 01, 2020]

Official System Map - BART [Last Accessed Mar 01, 2020]


Unofficial Map - Bay Area Rapid Transit (Time Scale) [Nov 2015] by Michael Lopato (www.transitmap.net)

Unofficial Map - Bay Area Rail Transit (Integrated) by Steve Boland (calurbanist.com)

Unofficial Map - San Francisco Muni Metro by Steve Boland (calurbanist.com)

Unofficial Map - San Francisco Bay Area [July 2019] by Jug Cerovic (www.inat.fr)


Other Sources

San Francisco Bay Area, USA at Urbanrail.net

San Francisco, USA at Urbanrail.net

San Francisco BART, USA at Urbanrail.net

Asset Notes

Caltrain color taken from official logo on Wikipedia as of Feb 2020.

BART color taken from official logo on Wikipedia as of Feb 2020. Line colors taken from official map as of Feb 2020.

MUNI Metro colors taken from Wikipedia icons as of Feb 2020. For MUNI Metro, these correspond to the colors in the official map as of Feb 2020.

San Francisco Cable Cars use colors from MUNI logo.

SMART colors taken from official SMART logo.

Tempo color taken from official AC Transit line map as of Aug 10, 2020.


Last Updated: Aug 22, 2020

Old Maps
Note: Not all maps reflect changes in service. Older maps may contain inaccuracies.
2020 06 v12020 08 v1 (Tempo 1T) • 2020 08 v2 (Aug 22 MUNI Metro changes)