One of the public transportation in San Francisco is called Cable Car. The Cable Car is a simple italian tram, just like the ones that you can find in Milan downtown. Maybe you didn’t know but many tram in San Francisco are from Milan. They were purchased a lot of years ago and supposed to be used as public transportation in some American cities. Some are simply bought as spare parts.
Cable Car has three lines and runs from 6.30am to 0.30am every 12 minutes; they are usually in time because they have precedence in the streets so they don’t remain gridlocked in traffic. Like I said it has three lines: two connect the downtown near Union Square to Fisherman’s Wharf, and the third one is along California Street. The ticket isn’t cheap, you can purchase it on board or in one of the automatic machines, the costs is $ 7.
Here below, the routes of the three lines of the Cable Car
The Cable Car is constituted by a single carriage that is hooked to a steel wire continuously flowing under the floor in a recess of the tracks for the whole length of the route. The cable is kept in constant motion by the central core and the driver. When the driver has to stop the carriage, he must release the grip and trigger powerful brakes, collaborating with a partner who is at the end of the vehicle. The stops may be in curves or downhill, and even in the middle of the crossroads! Below you can see when the Cable Car arrives at the end of the line, and has to change direction! A must see video taken by me where you can see in action the latest top-secret-highest-technologies-never-seen-before used to switch patch! Enjoy!