BART operates an underground train system that runs along Market Street and serves the downtown tourist area. It also connects to several other BART lines and stops at the International Terminal at the San Francisco International Airport. All BART stations are accessible by elevator; however it’s not uncommon for elevators to be out of service. Plan ahead, check with the BART elevator hotline and always have an alternate route or stop in mind, just in case of an elevator breakdown.
Additionally, San Francisco Muni operates a bus and train system. The trains feature roll-on access, and the buses have lifts, kneelers and wheelchair tie-downs. A free Muni Access Guide, which details accessible services throughout the system, is available from the Muni Accessible Services office. Of course you have to make some choices and decisions when visiting San Francisco, as it’s literally impossible to see everything.
Fisherman’s Wharf tops my must-see list, as it off ers a wide variety of food options, lots of street entertainment and the best people watching west of the Mississippi. You’ll find plenty of curb cuts, accessible parking and level access throughout the wharf area. Getting there is half the fun, too. Just hop on the historic F-line and enjoy a city tour, and stop off at Fisherman’s Wharf along the way. Th e fare is a bargain at $1.50, and the F-line vintage streetcars off er roll-on access via boarding platforms and wayside lifts at all of the Embarcadero stops and several key Market Street stops.