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Muni's Passports Encourage Visitors to Use Transit in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO–June 20, 1996–Ever since they were first introduced in 1989, the San Francisco Municipal Railway's (Muni's) Passports have encouraged visitors to explore the city on Muni's buses, streetcars, and the world-famous cable cars.

The Passports have made a convenient transit system even easier to use, and visitors have been able to forget about the problems and expense of driving and parking in a traffic-congested city.

The Passport program has been successful not only in increasing transit use, but also in bringing in more revenues for the city. In fiscal year 1989/90, revenue from the Passports was just over $670,000, but in 1994/95, it was over $3,400,000.

One-day and three-day Passports were introduced in June 1989, and seven-day Passports in July 1991. One-day Passports cost $6, three-day Passports $10, and seven-day Passports $15. The purchaser chooses which day or consecutive days he or she wants to use by scratching off the month(s) and day(s) on the Passport.

The Passports are good for unlimited riding on Muni lines, including the cable car lines at no extra charge, and are good for a discount for Muni's special service to Giants and 49ers games. Making them even more of a bargain, the Passports are also good for discounts at many places of interest, including the museums in Golden Gate Park, the Exploratorium at the Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District, and attractions at Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39.

With a Muni Passport, visitors have convenient access to the many points of interest in the city and find it easy to explore San Francisco's colorful neighborhoods, including Chinatown, North Beach, the Haight-Ashbury, and the Mission District.

Shopping is convenient too, whether it is in the Union Square area, at the Embarcadero Centers in the Financial District, on Union Street, or at the Stonestown Galleria Shopping Center on 19th Avenue.

Sales Location for One-, Three-, and Seven-Day Passports

In addition to the locations listed below, the Passports are sold at Muni Headquarters, 949 Presidio Ave. (Presidio Ave. & Geary Blvd.), and at the information booths in the baggage claim areas at the San Francisco International Airport.

Vendor                           Address   Cross-Street      Days Valid Type

Downtown Nordstrom 865 Market 5th St. 1/3/7 S.F. Water Department 425 Mason Geary 1 Visitor Information Center Powell Hallidie Plaza 1/3/7 Cable Car Ticket Booth Powell Market 1/3/7 McDonald's 33 Powell Market 1 Burger King 35 Powell Market 1/3/7 Marquard's Smoke Shop 167 Powell Ellis 1/3/7 Tix Bay Area 251 Stockton Union Square 1/3/7
South of Market Polaris Research & Devel. 185 Berry 2nd St. 1/3/7 Moscone Center Gift Shop 747 Howard 4th St. 1/3 R.V. Park 250 King 4th St. 1/3 Globetrotters/Supercities 139 Main Howard 1/3/7 Red Carpet Service 699 8th St. Harrison 1/3/7
Upper Market Rossi's Deli 426 Castro Market 1/3 Go-Getters Grocery 61 Gough Market 1/3/7
Civic Center/Polk Gulch Sutter Fine Foods 988 Sutter Hyde 1/3/7 The Carlton Hotel 1075 Sutter Hyde 1/3 War Memorial Veterans Bldg. 401 Van Ness McAllister 1/3/7 Holiday Inn - Golden Gateway 1500 Van Ness California 1/3/7 Holiday Inn - Civic Center Gift Shop 50 8th St. Market 1/3
Japantown Okabe International 1741 Buchanan Post 1/3/7
Nob Hill/North Beach/Fisherman's Wharf Cable Car Ticket Booth Hyde Beach 1/3/7 Cable Car Museum 1201 Mason Washington 1/3/7 Maritime Market & Bait Shop 3098 Polk Bay 1/3/7 S.F. Exchange Company 750 Powell California 1/3/7 A. Cavalli & Co. 1441 Stockton Columbus 1/3

News release from the San Francisco Municipal Railway.

See San Francisco History index for more on the Municipal Railway.

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