Super Bowl organizers jolted with public outcry over transit wires

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SAN FRANCISCO — The 50th annual American football Super Bowl  is coming to the Bay Area in February. But don’t plan to take mass transit to some of the festivities, because the game’s host committee is proposing to take down light rail wires near Market Street, for its “Super Bowl City.” The removal would affect service on the F historic streetcar line, the 6, 21, and 31 trolley coach lines on Market, and the terminal loop for the busy 14-Mission.

After the San Francisco Examiner broke the story of the wires removal last week, angry citizens flooded the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency with emails concerning the proposal.

Muni’s Citizen Advisory Council will hear the topic of the wire removal on Dec. 3, but has no power to stop the project.

Removal of Muni wires on Market Street or on nearby Steuart Street may disrupt many bus lines as well as the historic F-Market & Wharves streetcar. The Examiner said sources with knowledge of the request said removing numerous wires may cost a “seven-figure number” requiring “lots of overtime” to remove wires correctly.
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