My name is Joseph,
I have lived in San Francisco all of my life and always enjoyed the cable car rides. Cable cars are currently owned by the SFMTA or so called MUNI in the past. If these cable cars were not running right now, San Francisco would be filled with busses and metro systems like another metropolitan type city. These have been here since 1873 and many times were almost removed completely. This is San Francisco you are talking about. This has always been a tourist type city and lots of history to back it up. If the cable cars are not in this day of age, you would have rude passengers going up and down the streets and it wouldn't be a pleasant ride. I know a lot about cable cars and how they run, by experience. Accidents happen, the majority of accident are not the cable car drivers fault at least 80% of the time.
If you look at the statistics, cable cars make the most of the SFMTA budget due to the fact its the most popular way transporting people up and down these San Francisco hills. Before, the fare used to be 2 dollars when I was young, till 2003, then 3 dollars, 5 dollars and now 6 dollars.
I can talk about cable cars a lot, but I just want people to hear my side of the story before they start criticizing the cable cars.