Our History and Fleet

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.


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The Lousiville Railway Company Streetcar, number 1062 on San Francisco's Embarcadero | June 25, 2012

The Muni Fleet

Muni has one of the most diverse and green fleets in the nation including light rail, historic streetcars and the world-famous cable cars.

Motor Coach 165, Cable Car 526, and Streetcar 906 at the corner of Fillmore and Jackson Streets | July 29, 1948 | X1771

Muni's History

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.

An LRV and Streetcar 1008 Pass Infront of AT&T Park | E Line Demo | August 26, 2012

The History of the SFMTA

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.

Cable Car 155 at Market Street and 3rd Street near Call Building and Lotta's Fountain | January 9, 1906 | U00657

SFMTA Photo Archive

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.

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