St. Francis Circle station

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St. Francis Circle
BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg
Outbound train at St Francis Circle station, December 2017.JPG
Outbound train at the station in December 2017
LocationWest Portal Avenue at Sloat Boulevard
San Francisco, California
Coordinates37°44′05″N 122°28′12″W / 37.73476°N 122.47009°W / 37.73476; -122.47009Coordinates: 37°44′05″N 122°28′12″W / 37.73476°N 122.47009°W / 37.73476; -122.47009
Platforms2 side platforms
ConnectionsBus transport Muni: 23, 57, 91 Owl, K Owl, M Owl
Disabled accessYes
Openedc. 1907
Preceding station BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg Muni Following station
Junipero Serra and Ocean
towards Balboa Park
K Ingleside West Portal and 14th Avenue
towards Sunnydale
Right Of Way/Ocean M Ocean View West Portal and 14th Avenue
towards Embarcadero

St. Francis Circle is a light rail stop on the Muni Metro K Ingleside and M Ocean View lines, located in the St. Francis Wood neighborhood of San Francisco, California. It opened around 1907 when the United Railroads (URR) expanded its Ocean Avenue line west to Ocean Beach; Muni service followed with the K in 1918 and the M in 1925.


Truncated high-platforms at the station provide accessibility.

The 1906 earthquake damaged many cable car and streetcar lines; in the aftermath, the United Railroads (URR) closed many cable cars lines and expanded the electric streetcar system. The URR resumed service on the Ocean Avenue (12) line on May 6, 1906; the line was soon extended to Ocean Beach via Junipero Serra Boulevard and Sloat Boulevard.[1]

The city-owned Twin Peaks Tunnel was opened on February 3, 1918, with the K Ingleside line running through the tunnel and terminating at St. Francis Circle to avoid crossing the existing private tracks. In November 1918, the San Francisco Municipal Railway reached an agreement with the URR to allow the city's streetcars to use Market Street Railway trackage. The K Ingleside line was thus extended southwards from St. Francis Circle on Junipero Serra Boulevard and east on Ocean Avenue on February 21, 1919.[2] M Ocean View service began on October 6, 1925; the new line split from the existing tracks in the circle and ran southwest on a private right-of-way.[2] The city purchased the private company (renamed Market Street Railway in 1921) in 1944; route 12 streetcar service ended on April 8, 1945, leaving just the K Ingleside on Junipero Serra Boulevard.[1]

In 2010, Muni replaced the rail junction just south of the station. Rail service south of West Portal station was replaced with buses from May 17 to September 4.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b Stindt, Fred A. (October 1990). San Francisco's Century of Street Cars. pp. 94, 189. ISBN 0961546514.
  2. ^ a b Perles, Anthony (1981). The People's Railway: The History of the Municipal Railway of San Francisco. Interurban Press. pp. 70, 74, 76. ISBN 0916374424.
  3. ^ "SFMTA Announces Details of St. Francis Circle Project to Begin in May" (Press release). San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. April 29, 2010.
  4. ^ "SFMTA Prepares to Restore 61 Percent of Muni May 8 Service Cuts and Completes St. Francis Circle Project" (Press release). San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. September 2, 2010.

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