Synopses & Reviews
On December 30, 1909, following the passage of the bond issue allowing construction of San Francisco's Municipal Railway to begin, Mayor Edward Robeson Taylor gushed, "This is great . . . The Geary Street road will now be built and run by the people and for the people. This marks an epoch. It means civic freedom. . . . Some day our children's children will look back with wonder at the things we have stood for and suffered. Public utilities run . . . by the people . . . will give service to the public.
About the Author
Celebrating Muni's centennial, coauthors Grant Ute, Philip Hoffman, Cameron Beach, Bob Townley, and Walter Vielbaum have scoured private collections as well as the archives of the Municipal Railway, Bay Area Electric Railroad Association, Market Street Railway, and San Francisco Public Library for the best images to bring you the fascinating history of the grand civic experiment that is San Francisco's Municipal Railway. Hop aboard and trace Muni's construction, expansion, operations, competitors, labor issues, and finances through two world wars to chronicle the growth of the "people's railroad" into America's seventh-largest public transit system.