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[http://www.sfmta.com/cms/mhome/home50.htm '''San Francisco Municipal Railway'''] or '''Muni''', +1 415 701-2311,  runs a network of local transport that covers most areas of touristic interest well.  An all day Muni passport good on all Muni services, including Cable Cars, costs $20. Other passports and passes are available for longer periods: a 3-day pass costs $31, while a 7 day pass costs $40. The passports come in the form of scratch cards; be sure to scratch off the appropriate dates before using.
 
[http://www.sfmta.com/cms/mhome/home50.htm '''San Francisco Municipal Railway'''] or '''Muni''', +1 415 701-2311,  runs a network of local transport that covers most areas of touristic interest well.  An all day Muni passport good on all Muni services, including Cable Cars, costs $20. Other passports and passes are available for longer periods: a 3-day pass costs $31, while a 7 day pass costs $40. The passports come in the form of scratch cards; be sure to scratch off the appropriate dates before using.
  
The '''Clipper Card''' was fully introduced in 2010 and is a contact-less, multi-agency fare card similar to Octopus in [[Hong Kong]] and Charlie Card in [[Boston]]. Clipper cards are free at any MUNI ticket machine and are accepted on BART, CalTrain, San Francisco ferries, and many regional transit systems outside the City of San Francisco, in addition to all of MUNI's vehicles (streetcar/subway, busses and cable cars). Clipper can either be set up with pay as you go with all transfers calculated automatically or a 1 day, 3 day, 7 day or monthly pass. MUNI has also created a single use "Clipper Ticket" as the new subway turnstiles no longer accept cash. You can still pay with exact change when boarding a streetcar above ground or a bus. Drivers will accept over-payment, but cannot make change.
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The '''Clipper Card''' was fully introduced in 2010 and is a contact-less, multi-agency fare card similar to Octopus in [[Hong Kong]] and Charlie Card in [[Boston]]. Clipper cards are free at any MUNI ticket machine and are accepted on BART, CalTrain, San Francisco ferries, and many regional transit systems outside the City of San Francisco, in addition to all of MUNI's vehicles (streetcar/subway, busses and cable cars). Clipper can either be set up with pay as you go with all transfers calculated automatically or a 1 day, 3 day, 7 day or monthly pass. MUNI has also created a single use "Clipper Ticket" as the new subway turnstiles no longer accept cash. You can still pay with exact change when boarding a streetcar above ground or a bus.
  
 
MUNI operates on a '''proof of payment''' basis, sometimes called an "honor system with teeth." The cash fare for 90 minutes of travel on the Muni system (Metro, F-line streetcar, buses) is $2.75 ($1.35 for youth 5-17, disabled, and seniors 65+) including transfers and return trips if they fall within the 90 minute limit; fares are $0.25 lower for Clipper Card users. If you're using a Clipper Card, be sure you "touch on" at any of the readers located near the streetcar or bus door to pay your fare and start the 90 minute clock (you can board at any door as they all have readers). If you aren't using a Clipper Card, don't have a Muni passport, and pay cash, you must board at the front door and obtain a transfer ticket from the driver. The MUNI Saturation Team (fare inspectors) and sometimes the SFPD randomly and frequently patrol streetcars, subway stations and buses with handheld Clipper Card readers checking for proper fare - residents who ride MUNI regularly report being checked once or twice a week. The fine for being caught without proof of payment is $250, although tourists are sometimes issued a warning if it's their first offense.
 
MUNI operates on a '''proof of payment''' basis, sometimes called an "honor system with teeth." The cash fare for 90 minutes of travel on the Muni system (Metro, F-line streetcar, buses) is $2.75 ($1.35 for youth 5-17, disabled, and seniors 65+) including transfers and return trips if they fall within the 90 minute limit; fares are $0.25 lower for Clipper Card users. If you're using a Clipper Card, be sure you "touch on" at any of the readers located near the streetcar or bus door to pay your fare and start the 90 minute clock (you can board at any door as they all have readers). If you aren't using a Clipper Card, don't have a Muni passport, and pay cash, you must board at the front door and obtain a transfer ticket from the driver. The MUNI Saturation Team (fare inspectors) and sometimes the SFPD randomly and frequently patrol streetcars, subway stations and buses with handheld Clipper Card readers checking for proper fare - residents who ride MUNI regularly report being checked once or twice a week. The fine for being caught without proof of payment is $250, although tourists are sometimes issued a warning if it's their first offense.
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A portable wallet-sized map of San Francisco and all its public transit (MUNI, BART, Caltrain) is also available at stores around the city or through their website online [http://www.sfmta.com/maps/muni-system-map]. Many of the city's bus stops also have posted copies of this map with the location of the stop marked, a godsend for lost pedestrians.
 
A portable wallet-sized map of San Francisco and all its public transit (MUNI, BART, Caltrain) is also available at stores around the city or through their website online [http://www.sfmta.com/maps/muni-system-map]. Many of the city's bus stops also have posted copies of this map with the location of the stop marked, a godsend for lost pedestrians.
  
You can plan your Muni travel [http://www.sfmta.com/cms/home/sfmta.php online]. Muni arrival times are also available online for many lines at [http://www.nextmuni.com NextMuni].  
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You can plan your Muni travel [http://www.sfmta.com/cms/home/sfmta.php online]. Muni arrival times are also available online for many lines at [http://www.nextmuni.com NextMuni]. An unofficial site is [http://www.rescuemuni.org/nextbus-pda.html RescueMuni.com], which often has information on routes that are not listed officially.
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[[File:Uss-ca-sanfran-streetcar.jpg|thumb|print=float|upright=1.3|Streetcar at foot of Market]]
 
[[File:Uss-ca-sanfran-streetcar.jpg|thumb|print=float|upright=1.3|Streetcar at foot of Market]]
  
 
Muni consists of:
 
Muni consists of:
 
*'''Muni Metro''' (Lines J, K, L, M, N, S and T) is a modern light rail and subway system. It connects many southern and western neighborhoods to downtown, where you can transfer to one of BART's four downtown stations and the Caltrain terminal at 4th and King. Outside of the Market Street and Twin Peaks subways, Muni Metro operates as a surface light rail system, running in the center of the street with stops every couple of blocks (note that some of these stops are not wheelchair accessible - check the map to see which ones are). Tickets can be purchased from ticket vending machines before boarding; if the stop does not have such a machine and you do not have a ticket, you must board through the front door and buy one from the driver or risk being fined by a fare inspector. MUNI Metro operates seven days a week from 4:30am to 1:30am. Between 1:30am and 5am, OWL Buses substitute for Metro service. The Metro system (trains and buses) has a reputation for being extremely crowded. Buses are often slow due to frequent stops and heavy boarding especially during rush hour. However, it is by far superior to most other parts of the Bay Area.  
 
*'''Muni Metro''' (Lines J, K, L, M, N, S and T) is a modern light rail and subway system. It connects many southern and western neighborhoods to downtown, where you can transfer to one of BART's four downtown stations and the Caltrain terminal at 4th and King. Outside of the Market Street and Twin Peaks subways, Muni Metro operates as a surface light rail system, running in the center of the street with stops every couple of blocks (note that some of these stops are not wheelchair accessible - check the map to see which ones are). Tickets can be purchased from ticket vending machines before boarding; if the stop does not have such a machine and you do not have a ticket, you must board through the front door and buy one from the driver or risk being fined by a fare inspector. MUNI Metro operates seven days a week from 4:30am to 1:30am. Between 1:30am and 5am, OWL Buses substitute for Metro service. The Metro system (trains and buses) has a reputation for being extremely crowded. Buses are often slow due to frequent stops and heavy boarding especially during rush hour. However, it is by far superior to most other parts of the Bay Area.  
*The '''Historic Streetcar E and F Lines''' use historic streetcars, in original colors from several cities in the US, [[Milan]], [[Italy]], and [[Zurich]], [[Switzerland]]. The F line runs from Fisherman's Wharf south along the waterfront Embarcadero to the ferry building at the foot of Market Street, then up Market Street on the surface to the Castro district, terminating near the '''Castro Theater'''. The E line runs from the Caltrain station, along Embarcadero to Fisherman's Wharf. Board through the front door and buy tickets from the operator if you do not already have a transfer or pass.
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*The '''Historic Streetcar F Line''' uses historic streetcars, in original colors from several cities in the US, [[Milan]], [[Italy]], and [[Zurich]], [[Switzerland]]. The line runs from Fisherman's Wharf south along the waterfront Embarcadero to the ferry building at the foot of Market Street, then up Market Street on the surface to the Castro district, terminating near the '''Castro Theater'''. Board through the front door and buy tickets from the operator if you do not already have a transfer or pass.
  
 
[[Image:Uss-ca-sanfran-cablecar.jpg|thumb|print=float|upright=1.3|Cablecar at Powell & Market]]
 
[[Image:Uss-ca-sanfran-cablecar.jpg|thumb|print=float|upright=1.3|Cablecar at Powell & Market]]

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