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S.F.’s cable cars to shut down for months during repairs

SAN FRANCISCO-San Francisco’s famous cable car lines are headed for a tune-up and officials say one will be shut down for several months starting in January.

Kristen Holland, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, says the California Street line will remain closed until June 2011 while its tracks and mechanical parts undergo a much-needed overhaul.

Muni plans to have buses ply the line’s route during the closure.

Repairs on the two Powell Street lines, which run between downtown and Fisherman’s Wharf, will follow although the agency has yet to schedule those closures.

Muni has secured about $16 million for the work, the bulk of it coming from the federal government.

It will be the first major upgrade of the lines since all three were rebuilt between 1982 and 1984.

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