San Francisco's Municipal Railway, known the world over as Muni, has served the citizens of San Francisco for over a century, literally rising from the ashes of the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906. Its colorful history is as unique as its fleet of buses, light rail vehicles, historic streetcars and iconic cable cars. Learn more about Muni’s origins in words and pictures culled from the SFMTA’s extensive Photo Archive, and take a closer look at Muni’s diverse fleet of vehicles, one of the greenest in the country.
As the first major, publicly owned, land-based transit agency in the United States, Muni has grown to provide transit service to more than 200 million customers per year in one of the densest, most compact cities in the nation. Find out more about Muni's rich history.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is the city’s mobility manager and operates the entire surface transportation network that encompasses pedestrians, bicycling, transit, traffic and parking and regulates the taxi industry.
The SFMTA Photo Archive is focused on the preservation and digitization of the SFMTA's historic and contemporary photo assets. The Archive's collections date to 1903 and are made up of images taken by staff photographers working for Muni and the now-defunct privately owned transit companies United Railroads and Market Street Railway. Vist www.sfmta.com/photo for more info about the Archive.