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As the 1915 world's fair in San Francisco approached, the city faced a problem: It owned only 10 streetcars and didn't have sufficient transportation to move visitors who came for the fair around the the city. This issue led to the expansion of the nascent Muni, with six new train lines and the Stockton Tunnel all built in 1914. By the opening day of the fair, Muni had grown to 177 streetcars. Several of the city's current transport lines, including the 30-Stockton bus, the 41-Union, and the 47-Van Ness, all date back to those early streetcar lines. [Previously; SF Examiner/Photo via Outsidelands.org]