San Francisco’s iconic cable cars to return in August as city reopens

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Mayor London Breed talks about the return of cable cars during a news conference at the Hyde Street cable car turnaround in San Francisco on June 15, 2021. (Olga Rodriguez/Associated Press)

Mayor London Breed talks about the return of cable cars during a news conference at the Hyde Street cable car turnaround in San Francisco on June 15, 2021. (Olga Rodriguez/Associated Press)

San Francisco’s iconic cable cars will traverse the city’s steep hills once again in August as San Francisco reopens after more than a year of pandemic restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Mayor London Breed, speaking at a news conference Tuesday, announced that the cable cars would be free to all riders in August as the system gears up for more expanded operations in September.

“Nothing says San Francisco like a cable car ride — up and down, rolling up and down the hills,” Breed said, standing at podium on a track with a cable car behind her.

San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area reopened Tuesday in accordance with state guidelines. About 80% of San Franciscans 12 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The city now has only 1.5 cases of the coronavirus for each 100,000 residents, which is 17% lower than the state and a 96% decrease in diagnoses in the city since January.

Read the full story at LATimes.com.

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