San Francisco State University station

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Outbound train at SFSU station, July 2017.JPG
Outbound train at the station in 2017
Location19th Avenue at Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, California
Coordinates37°43′18″N 122°28′30.5″W / 37.72167°N 122.475139°W / 37.72167; -122.475139Coordinates: 37°43′18″N 122°28′30.5″W / 37.72167°N 122.475139°W / 37.72167; -122.475139
Platforms1 island platform
ConnectionsBus transport Muni: 28, 28R, 29, 57, 91 Owl
Disabled accessYes
OpenedOctober 6, 1925[1]
RebuiltOctober 23, 1993[2]
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg Muni Metro   Following station
toward Embarcadero
M Ocean View

San Francisco State University station is a light rail stop on the Muni Metro M Ocean View line, located adjacent to San Francisco State University and the Parkmerced development in the median of 19th Avenue in San Francisco, California. It opened in 1925 with the first phase of the line and was rebuilt with a high-level island platform in 1993.


A southbound streetcar leaves the station in 1980

When the M Ocean View line opened on October 6, 1925, it ran along the west side of 19th Avenue; a second set of lanes was added later, placing the line in the road's median.[2] Several stations with small side platforms were located along 19th Avenue, including one at Holloway Avenue; it became more important after the adjacent Parkmerced development was established in the 1940s and the San Francisco State College (later San Francisco State University) campus opened in 1953.[1][3] In the late 1960s, the station was considered the likely outer terminus of subway service during the early planning of the Market Street Subway; however, by 1968, Muni decided to keep all five existing lines as surface streetcars feeding into the subway.[1]

The high-level platform was opened in 1993

In the early 1970s, Muni began planning an extension of the J Church line over new track to Balboa Park station, then over the M Ocean View line to the high-ridership San Francisco State University and Stonestown Galleria stations. A Final Environmental Impact Statement for the new track was released in 1983; it was opened for non-revenue moves in August 1991 and began revenue service in June 1993.[4][2] Original plans called for the two existing stations to be rebuilt with high-level island platforms, and a pocket track to allow J Church trains to turn back. After objections from neighbors, the pocket track was removed from the plan.[2]

The first phase of the 19th Ave. Platform & Trackway Improvement Project required the line to replaced by buses south of St. Francis Circle from June 19 to October 23, 1993; the new platforms at the two stations were opened when service was restored.[2] The second phase required full bustitution beginning on July 30, 1994; rail service was restored to Stonestown on November 19 for holiday shopping, and on the rest of the line on January 28, 1995.[2] Some weekday J and M service was through-routed from 1995 to 1998, but full through-routing was never implemented.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Perles, Anthony (1981). The People's Railway: The History of the Municipal Railway of San Francisco. Interurban Press. pp. 76, 214–218. ISBN 0916374424.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Callwell, Robert (September 1999). "Transit in San Francisco: A Selected Chronology, 1850-1995" (PDF). San Francisco Municipal Railway. p. 76.
  3. ^ Johnson, Michael (March 10, 1999). "The History of San Francisco State University: Celebrating 100 Years of Opportunity, 1899–1999" (Press release). San Francisco State University.
  4. ^ Muni J Line Connection Project Final Environmental Impact Statement. Urban Mass Transit Administration and San Francisco Department of City Planning. May 1983 – via Internet Archive.

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