NEMA is surrounded by plentiful public transportation options and shuttle stops, as well as I-80 and I-280 highways. An exciting addition of transportation includes the F-Line returning with old school trolleys in May. Of all the cities in the world, only San Francisco offers the opportunity to see such a variety of stunning vistas, historic sights, diverse neighborhoods and popular attractions from two different types of vintage rail transit vehicles, historic streetcars and the world-famous cable cars. End to end, the F-line runs six miles each way…and passes through more than 150 years of history.
The F-line will run Castro District-Fisherman’s Wharf until September, when Better Market Street construction begins; as of then it’ll turn around at Powell and run to Fisherman’s Wharf. Along the way, you’ll see sights both historic and modern in Union Square & Convention Area, the Financial District, and Ferry Building & The Embarcadero.
The Better Market Street project is a special opportunity to envision a new Market Street. The goal of the project is to revitalize Market Street from Octavia Boulevard to The Embarcadero and reestablish the street as the premier cultural, civic and economic center of San Francisco and the Bay Area. The new design aims to create a comfortable, universally accessible, sustainable, and enjoyable place that attracts more people on foot, bicycle and public transit to visit shops, adjacent neighborhoods and area attractions.
Hop aboard the F-Line and explore the Upper Market & Civic Center as the streetcar dips down to reach Church Street, then climbs up a block to Dolores. Walk three blocks south on that palm-lined street to 16th and Dolores, and you’ll see a Catholic church. Just beyond, tucked away, is the historic Mission Dolores, founded by Father Junipero Serra in 1776. It’s the oldest intact building in the city, with a small museum and lovely garden.
Coming down the hill, the most impressive landmark is invisible. From the late 1950's until 2003, a freeway whipped across Market at Octavia Street—double-decked most of its life. It cut off views of the Ferry Building and Downtown, and psychologically split off this end of Market. Damaged in the 1989 earthquake, voters decided to take it down.
The mid-Market section stretches for several blocks in this area, featuring a variety of antique shops and other businesses. The F-line then crosses busy Van Ness Avenue (US 101, linking the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bayshore Freeway). Three blocks north of the Van Ness F-line stop is San Francisco City Hall, perhaps America’s most magnificent municipal building, recently restored to its original 1915 appearance. Davies Symphony Hall and the Opera House are across Van Ness Avenue from City Hall.
More good news, the San Francisco Railway Museum will reopen after F-line streetcar service resumes. Discover a connected location with easy transit options that’ll get you from here to there when you make NEMA San Francisco your home.
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