On September 1, 2005 because of San Francisco's deficit problems most Muni fares were raised. The basic cash fare (with a free transfer) was increased from $1.25 to $1.50, a 20% rise; whereas the basic cable car fare (no transfer privileges) went to $5 from $3, a two-thirds rise. Differential higher cable car fares did not exist until April 1982, when they were implemented as a result of a vote by the electorate. Voters were told the extra revenues were needed to pay for the system-wide cable car rebuilding that did occur between September 1982 and June 1984.
This fare policy has been controversial, most notably since the implementation of the current $5 fare. Therefore, it was decided to obtain views on this important issue and to use as a vehicle a method designed by Friedel Klussmann the "Cable Car Lady". When the city-owned Powell Street cable cars were threatened in 1947, Friedel Klussmann evolved a contest centering on the unfinished question: "San Francisco without cable cars would be like ...?"
Here is our new contest:
San Francisco with a $5 cable car fare is a city...
The contest is simple. Complete the sentence. For example:
E-mail your entries (as many times as you want) to: email@example.com. Please make your subject "Contest: San Francisco With a $5 Fare."
Grand Prize: A copy each of San Francisco's California Street Cable Car; Celebrating a Century and a Quarter of Service, by Walter Rice and Emiliano Echeverria, Harold E. Cox Publisher and a copy of When Steam Ran on the Streets of San Francisco, by the same authors, Harold E. Cox Publisher.
First Place: San Francisco's California Street Cable Car; Celebrating a Century and a Quarter of Service.
Second Place: When Steam Ran on the Streets of San Francisco
Rules: All entries must be received by midnight on Friday, December 15. The decision of the judges is final. No griping about the results allowed. No entries are permitted from the webmaster, the webmaster's family, the judges, or the judges' families. Enter often. Please keep your answers brief. The webmaster reserves the right to reproduce all entries on this website and to convey to the appropriate persons and agencies of the city of San Francisco. Muni has indicated they are currently studying the $5-fare issue. The webmaster will not reproduce your email address. If you win, he will email you to request your mail address so you can receive your prize.
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