San Francisco's iconic cable cars to shut down for repairs

Sheaves turn by gearboxes inside the cable car powerhouse Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in San Francisco. San Francisco's iconic cable cars will stop running for 10 days starting Friday to undergo repairs. The city's transit agency says it needs to get the manually operated cable cars off the street to rehabilitate the gearboxes that power the system that started in the 1890s. Shuttle buses will instead transport people along the steep streets of the cable car routes. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
People stand above turning sheaves and gearboxes inside the cable car powerhouse Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in San Francisco. San Francisco's iconic cable cars will stop running for 10 days starting Friday to undergo repairs. The city's transit agency says it needs to get the manually operated cable cars off the street to rehabilitate the gearboxes that power the system that started in the 1890s. Shuttle buses will instead transport people along the steep streets of the cable car routes. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A cable car at right begins to make its way up California Street Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in San Francisco. San Francisco's iconic cable cars will stop running for 10 days starting Friday to undergo repairs. The city's transit agency says it needs to get the manually operated cable cars off the street to rehabilitate the gearboxes that power the system that started in the 1890s. Shuttle buses will instead transport people along the steep streets of the cable car routes. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2015 file photo, a pair of cable cars go past each other on Powell Street atop Nob Hill in San Francisco. The city's iconic cable cars will stop running for 10 days starting Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, while they undergo repairs. The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said Wednesday, Sept. 11, that instead shuttle buses will run along the three cable car routes. The agency says it needs to get the manually-operated cable cars off the street to rehabilitate the gearboxes that power the system that started in the 1890s. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
A sign on California Street alerts riders of an upcoming cable car shut down Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in San Francisco. San Francisco's iconic cable cars will stop running for 10 days starting Friday to undergo repairs. The city's transit agency says it needs to get the manually operated cable cars off the street to rehabilitate the gearboxes that power the system that started in the 1890s. Shuttle buses will instead transport people along the steep streets of the cable car routes. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A cable car turns onto Washington Street with the Transamerica Pyramid in the background Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in San Francisco. San Francisco's iconic cable cars will stop running for 10 days starting Friday to undergo repairs. The city's transit agency says it needs to get the manually operated cable cars off the street to rehabilitate the gearboxes that power the system that started in the 1890s. Shuttle buses will instead transport people along the steep streets of the cable car routes. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
A cable car climbs California Street to Nob Hill past a sign announcing an upcoming rehabilitation project Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in San Francisco. San Francisco's iconic cable cars will stop running for 10 days starting Friday to undergo repairs. The city's transit agency says it needs to get the manually operated cable cars off the street to rehabilitate the gearboxes that power the system that started in the 1890s. Shuttle buses will instead transport people along the steep streets of the cable car routes. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco's iconic cable cars will stop running for 10 days starting Friday while they undergo the final repairs in a three-year restoration project of the gearboxes that propel the world-famous system up the city's notoriously steep hills.

Shuttle buses will run along the three cable car routes where historic cars typically travel at a steady 9.5 miles (15 kilometers) per hour, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency said Wednesday.

The agency says it needs to get the manually operated cable cars off the streets to rehabilitate the gearboxes that power the system that started in the 1890s.

The gearboxes spin the 30-foot (9-meter) tall wheels that pull the 12 miles (19 kilometers) of steel cables under San Francisco to lift the city's 40 cable cars up steep hills.

The shutdown is sure to disappoint some of the tourists visiting the city next week. Long lines typically snake around several sites where riders can hope on, despite each car's capacity of 60 people. The city says 7.5 million passengers ride the cable cars each year.

The work is part of a $6 million upgrade project that started in 2017 to repair the four heavy equipment gearboxes that have been in service since 1984. The fourth gearbox controls the Hyde Line, the master cable that controls all cable cars going in and out of the cable car barn. Without it operating, cable cars can't enter or return from service.

San Francisco's cable cars were named a National Historic Landmark in 1964 by the U.S. Interior Department's National Park Service. The cost is $6 for each ride or $14 for an all-day pass. Seniors and the disabled pay $3.

People also read these

Navy names ship after gay rights advocate Harvey...

Aug 17, 2016

The Navy is naming a ship in honor of the late gay rights leader Harvey Milk

Officials: Zika found in South Beach; spraying...

Aug 19, 2016

Florida officials say South Beach has been identified as a second site of Zika transmission by...

Kanye West's weekend pop-up stores in NYC, 20...

Aug 19, 2016

A global retail event by Kanye West is officially underway as the first two of his 21 "Pablo"...

Officials: Zika won't hurt South Florida tourism...

Aug 20, 2016

The discovery of Zika-carrying mosquitoes in South Florida certainly isn't ideal for tourism, but...

Campaign, party officials insist Trump getting...

Aug 21, 2016

Top GOP and Trump campaign officials say Trump is getting back on track after some of the most...

Sign up now!

About Us

In The Headline sought to bring professionalism back into journalism, bringing you only the most exclusive and the most impactive news from all over the globe.

Contact us: sales[at]intheheadline.com