SAN FRANCISCO (AP/BCN) - San Francisco's iconic open-air cable cars have been pulled off the streets because of choking air wafting in from a wildfire in Northern California.
San Francisco Municipal Railway officials said Thursday that because of the poor air quality, "all cable cars will be pulling back into the cable car barn."
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency made the announcement on Twitter around 2:25 p.m., saying buses would provide service for the remainder of the day.
Bus shuttles will be providing service on the Powell, Powell-Hyde, Powell-Mason and California cable car lines for the remainder of the day and Friday as well, Muni officials said.
The deadly wildfire started a week ago in the Northern California town of Paradise about 180 miles (290 kilometers) north of San Francisco. It has sent smoke across the region.
Schools in San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland and elsewhere have announced they will be closed Friday because of the poor air quality.
The decision to halt the service was made out of concerns over air quality for customers and employees, according to Muni.
ATTN: Due to poor air quality conditions all cable cars will be pulling back into the cable car barn. Bus shuttles will be providing service on the Powell, Powell-Hyde, Powell-Mason, and California lines for the reminder of the day.— SFMTA (@sfmta_muni) November 15, 2018
Mayor London Breed announced on Twitter that the entire Muni transportation system will be free on Friday so people can avoid traveling outdoors.
Few more items:— London Breed (@LondonBreed) November 16, 2018
Muni will be FREE tomorrow so people can avoid traveling outdoors.
City departments are coordinating multi-lingual outreach so all of our communities are informed.
And while SFUSD classes are cancelled tomorrow, @RecParkSF centers across the city will be open.
SamTrans will also offer free rides on their buses for Friday. They tweeted they have clean, filtered air on board.
ALERT: SamTrans will be FREE tomorrow, Nov 16th, due to persistent unhealthy air quality. SamTrans buses have clean, filtered air on board.— SamTrans (@SamTrans) November 16, 2018
More details to come. @SMCHealth @sanmateoco #SMCounty #BayArea pic.twitter.com/NWUK30pD2I
Wire services contributed to this report.