24 Divisadero is a trolleybus line operated by the San Francisco Municipal Railway (Muni). Most of its north–south route takes it along Divisadero Street and Castro Street.

24 Divisadero
A route 24 trolleybus on Castro Street atop Dolores Heights, September 2020
SystemMuni trolleybus network
OperatorSan Francisco Municipal Railway
VehicleNew Flyer XT40
Began serviceApril 6, 1941 (April 6, 1941)
PredecessorsCastro Street Cable
LocaleSan Francisco, California
StartJackson and Webster
Cortland and Bayshore (Owl)
ViaDivisadero St, Castro St, Cortland Av
EndThird Street and Palou
Divisadero and Sutter (Owl)
Length6.6 miles (10.6 km)
Daily ridership12,000 (2019)[1]
Map24 Divisadero
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Route description edit

From the northern terminus at Jackson and Webster, the route runs west to Divisadero and then turns south. It continues onto Castro Street until 26th Street, then runs on a complicated route of 26th, Noe, 30th, Mission Street, Cortland, Bayshore, Industrial, and Palou. The outbound terminus is adjacent to the Muni Metro Oakdale/Palou station on Third Street.

The 24 Divisadero runs between Hunters Point in the south and Pacific Heights in the north.[2] The line includes the single steepest known grade on any existing trolley bus line in the world:[3][4][5][6] 22.8% in the block of Noe Street between Cesar Chavez Street and 26th Street.[3][5][7]

The route operates 24 hours with less frequent short turn Owl service overnight as part of the All Nighter network.

History edit

As part of the Market Street Extension, steam dummy service was established by the Market Street Cable Railway between the company's powerhouse at Market and Valencia and running to Castro Street. The Market Street line was converted to cable-haulage in 1887,[8] providing through-running to Castro and 26th Street.[9] This was referred to as the White Line, after the streetcars' livery.[9][10] After the Market Street mainline was reconstructed with electric traction following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Castro's cable car was retained at the otter end of the line as the company claimed the route was too steep for electric cars.[8][11][12] Cable car service on Castro Street between 26th and 18th Streets restarted the year following the disaster.[10] The line operated as a shuttle service.[11]

On June 16, 1935, the Market Street Railway 24 streetcar was rerouted to operate on Divisadero between Page and Sacramento.[12]

The 24 Divisadero bus was established on April 6, 1941 as a replacement for the Castro Street cable car.[10][8][13] In 1982, as part of broader system changes, the line was extended to Third and Palou via Cortland.[14]

References edit

  1. ^ "Short Range Transit Plan" (PDF). San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. December 3, 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on June 5, 2020. Retrieved December 27, 2021.
  2. ^ Gordon, Rachel (May 20, 2009). "24-Divisadero bus showcases S.F. diversity". SFGate. Retrieved January 20, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Perles, Anthony (1984). Tours of Discovery: A San Francisco Muni Album. Interurban Press. p. 127. ISBN 0-916374-60-2.
  4. ^ Box, Roland (May–June 1989). "San Francisco Looks Ahead". Trolleybus Magazine. No. 165. UK: National Trolleybus Association. pp. 50–56.
  5. ^ a b Trolleybus Magazine No. 261 (May–June 2005), p. 72.
  6. ^ Trolleybus Magazine No. 313 (January–February 2014), p. 27.
  7. ^ "General Information About Transit". San Francisco MTA. 2012. Archived from the original on January 28, 2013. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
  8. ^ a b c Downing, Shan (April 5, 2016). "Remembering The Castro Street Cable Car". Hoodline. Retrieved November 12, 2023.
  9. ^ a b "THE MARKET STREET CABLE RAILWAY – 1883". San Francisco Cable Car Museum. Retrieved November 12, 2023.
  10. ^ a b c Yenne, Bill (2004). San Francisco's Noe Valley. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 47–48. ISBN 9780738529059.
  11. ^ a b "Cable Car to Castro". Market Street Railway. October 7, 2008. Retrieved November 12, 2023.
  12. ^ a b Smallwood, Charles A. (1978). The White Front Cars of San Francisco. Interurbans. p. 107. ISBN 9780916374327.
  13. ^ "The Castro's rich transit history". Market Street Railway. May 9, 2020. Retrieved January 20, 2022.
  14. ^ Perles, Anthony; McKane, John (1982). Inside Muni: The Properties and Operations of the Municipal Railway of San Francisco. Interurban Press. p. 247. ISBN 0-916374-49-1.

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