SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — The large crowds expected when San Francisco hosts the America’s Cup in 2013 are being used to boost plans to extend a historic city streetcar line.

The National Park Service released a draft environmental impact statement on Friday of its proposal to extend the F-line streetcars from Fisherman’s Wharf to Fort Mason.

Fort Mason is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Park officials say the extension is needed to improve access to the Fort Mason Center, a popular destination that draws hundreds of thousands of people each year. Most of those people currently drive to the center.

Civic advocates tell the San Francisco Chronicle there is an even greater need for the $29 million project with thousands of people who want to watch the America’s Cup expected to descend on the area.

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Comments (3)
  1. proud_bay_man says:

    This car needs to stop where it is.
    LEAVE the wharf trash WHERE it belongs!

  2. Jim says:

    Excellent, it needs to be extended already.

  3. JayCA says:

    I remember them working and meeting on this when I worked there 6 years ago. Someday I hope it is completed. Now that Fort Mason Center is charging for parking they need more alternate transportation to the center. And they should continue the line to Crissy field. It would be a beautiful ride. They could treat it like the N Judah line, the only one to continue past the Embarcadero to the baseball stadium. Most trains would stop at Fisherman’s wharf, or somewhere, and a special line would continue on to Crissy field or even the Golden Gate.

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