San Francisco – E Line Service Begins
The first regular service on San Francisco's long-planned E - Embarcadero heritage streetcar line began on July 31, 2015. Initially service is offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 7 pm, but daily service is planned to commence in spring 2016.
The new line runs the full length of the Embarcadero, sharing the track between Fisherman's Wharf and the Ferry Building with the very popoular F - Line. As the F turns toward Market Street, the E continues along Embarcadero using track built some years ago that has yet to see regular service. The route joins the N and T light rail tracks, as they emerge from the subway some blocks east of the Ferry Building, then shares that track to the baseball Giants home at AT&T Park, terminating a short distance away at the Caltrain Depot.
Years of advocacy on the part of the volunteer-staffed Market Street Railway and others paid off with the inauguration of service. Work continues on plans to extend the western end of the line from Fisherman's Wharf to Fort Mason, and to route the eastern end through Dogpatch and Mission Bay to supplement T-line serivce to that rapidly-growing area.
For now, only double-end streetcars, both PCCs and older historic cars, can provide service on the line as there is no turning loop at the Caltrain station. One of the reasons for the long delay before startup of E line service was the need to await rebuilding of more double-end PCCs by Brookville Equipment of Pennsylvania.