San Francisco’s cable cars run again after 12-day hiatus
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco’s famed cable cars are running again after stopping for 12 days to undergo repairs.
The wooden cars are slowly climbing San Francisco’s hills Monday and operators are ringing their brass bells to announce their arrival.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency removed the manually-operated cable cars off the street on Sept. 11 to rehabilitate the gearboxes that power the system that started in the 1890s.
The gearboxes spin the 30-foot tall wheels that pull the 12-miles of steel cables under San Francisco to lift the cable cars up city hills.
Officials say the work is part of an upgrade project that started in 2017 to repair heavy equipment that’s been in service since 1984. It is estimated to cost about $6 million.