Goodnight, 26 Valencia
Of all the Muni schedule changes, the 26-Valencia affects me the most. It’s pretty much the only bus I take, and with its departure I probably won’t ride Muni at all. It looks like BART wins out.
Muni Diaries has a two-part eulogy on the 26. A consistent theme seems to be a pleasant ride that didn’t come often enough. I frankly cannot see how the 14 and 49 will pick up the slack — in fact I predict a veritable clusterfuck — and I am hoping that its absence will lead to a phoenix-like twentysixsurrection.
Anyway, I wanted to provide some historical context — the 26-Valencia was was once the 26-Guerrero streetcar:
(scan via CPRR.org)
It ran along Mission-14th-Guerrero-30th-Chenery-Diamond-San Jose:
(scan via Octoferret)
Here’s a description of the 26 Guerrero from a 1914 tour guide:
Here are the 26 Guerrero streetcar lines on Guerrero and 28th, via SFPL:
Spots Unknown has pictures of the 26 Guerrero streetcars.
My last 26:
I’m hoping this leads to something better. Maybe the city gets wise and turns Valencia into a bicycle and light-rail corridor, and perhaps the ripping up of Cesar Chavez to replace the sewer main gives us an opportunity for BRT down CC to the 22nd St Caltrain station (or even light rail between the J at 30th, Caltrain and the T-Third…)
But regardless, I think we’ll see it again. I was speaking to the driver and we agreed: you just don’t fuck with the 26-Valencia.