Oops, I mean “excitement!”
Old trains and tracks will be brought back into action for a new E line that will run from Caltrain to Fisherman’s Wharf, according to SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose.
But they also say:
The historic line to be resurrected will also travel along the waterfront south of the Ferry Building near Pier 70.
The city plans to redevelop Pier 70, hoping to capitalize on its historic charms while providing badly needed jobs, commercial and residential space – all while maintaining the neighborhood essence that dates back to the mid-1800s when the Union Iron Works, Bethlehem Steel, Pacific Rolling Mills and the Spreckels Sugar refinery dominated the waterfront.
…and a tweet from Mayor Ed Lee about a recent tour of Pier 80 in preparation for the America’s Cup, and I’m thinking that they are maybe going to run the historic trolley all the way into Dogpatch, which means that it will have to share the line (and potentially ridership) with the T line. If so, this will prove extremely convenient when I am entertaining visitors who can’t be talked out of visiting Fisherman’s Wharf. (actually, the Musee Mechanique, USS Pampanito, and SS Jeremiah O’Brien are all worth seeing, and after seeing the O’Brien, you can go home, watch Titanic, say “I was in that boiler room,” and then, you know, turn it off — oh, actually, the O’Brien is in drydock at Pier 70 right now! Welcome to the Dogpatch!)
Maybe this was a mis-reading or mis-reporting — it would be a lot easier if there was a simultaneous press release on the SFMTA’s transit web site — where the “Projects & Planning” link gives a 403 error, and in fact, almost all of the links
under “Explore Transit” are broken. Transparency!