Yesterday, tipster Amelia L. wrote in with a question: "I am curious why the 6-Haight/Parnassus has reverted back to the bus type that has antennae. I enjoyed having the larger buses for the last year and a half, as they seem to have more capacity and are faster."
Indeed, regular Muni patrons have likely noticed that the newer-model buses on the 6-Haight/Parnassus line recently reverted back to the previous "trolley"-style units, which depend on overhead cables for power.
The switch to the newer buses was initially made to accommodate construction on the Haight infrastructure project. But due to the citywide moratorium on construction over the holidays, the new buses have been taken offline, and the old buses are back.
SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose confirmed that the newer buses will return when construction on the infrastructure project resumes after the holidays. But regular riders of the 6 shouldn't get used to them: the SFMTA will return to the older trolley buses once work is complete.
The change to trolley buses doesn't apply to the 7/7R-Haight/Noriega line, which will continue to run newer buses both during the holidays and after the Haight infrastructure project wraps up.
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