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Monday, March 13, 2017

A visualization of Geary Boulevard at Buchanan Street with Geary Rapid improvements. People, including a chauffeured group school children, cross Geary using crosswalk that's separated into two sections by a waiting area in the median. Muni buses use red-colored, curbside transit-only lanes.
A visualization of Geary Boulevard at Buchanan Street with Geary Rapid improvements.

March 29 Update: The next major step for the Geary projects (both the Geary Rapid project and the Geary Boulevard Improvement Project) is a hearing at an SFMTA Board of Directors meeting this summer to complete local environmental review approvals. Then, once the Federal Transit Administration has signed off on the final environmental impact statement, the Geary Rapid project team will complete the outreach described below to finalize design details. Implementation of the Geary Rapid improvements is expected to start next year. 

We’re gearing up to start the first set of Geary transit upgrades later this year.

In the coming months, we will launch further outreach for the Geary Rapid Project, which focuses on early improvements on the stretch of the 38 Geary route between Market Street and Stanyan streets. In the meantime, we will finalize the design and construction of longer-term improvements for the Geary Boulevard Improvement Project.

With the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) approved unanimously by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) Board in January, lead management of the project is transitioning from the SFCTA to the SFMTA, which will design and implement Geary improvements as two separate projects. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Rendering of Geary Boulevard at Fillmore facing east with a bus pulling up in the red transit-only lane.
A rendering of Geary Bus Rapid Transit improvements at Fillmore Street. 

For the 52,000 people who ride Muni’s Geary bus routes daily, improvements to make the ride less crowded and more reliable just took a leap forward.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Gray and red articulated Muni bus traveling east on O'Farrell with the red transit lanes for cable cars in the background and foreground. Pedestrians cross in front of the bus.
A 38 bus traveling east on O'Farrell across Powell Street

As Geary Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) hits a major milestone this week, we’re providing new opportunities to get answers to today’s biggest questions about the project.

On Friday, the Geary BRT Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be made available online at the Geary BRT EIR page and at public libraries near the 38 Geary route. The document will include the recommended design option, years of analytical work detailing how the project is expected to affect communities as well as responses to public comments.

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) Board, which is comprised of the SF Board of Supervisors, is set to vote on approval of the Final EIR and the Geary BRT project on January 5. Early improvements will start in 2017.

Learn more about the next steps in our blog post from last month. To stay in the loop on hearing dates and how to give decision-makers your feedback, visit the Geary BRT website. You can also get Geary BRT updates via text message by texting YES to 628-600-1675.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Computer rendering of Muni passengers and pedestrians around a red and gray Muni bus in a photo Geary Boulevard.

A rendering of Geary Bus Rapid Transit, with center-running bus-only lanes and boarding islands on Geary Boulevard at 17th Avenue.

It's time for an update on Geary Bus Rapid Transit – the plan to improve one of the busiest bus corridors west of the Mississippi.

Improvements proposed in the Geary Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project offer solutions to meet rising transportation demands and make travelling on Geary Boulevard, Geary and O’Farrell streets more efficient, safe and vibrant for everyone.

Over the past year, the SFMTA and the SF County Transportation Authority have worked with communities along the corridor to refine the design details, which you can learn more about below. The proposed transit improvements, like center-running bus-only lanes, would save Muni customers up to 20 minutes round trip and make service more reliable.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

San Francisco has painted transit-only lanes red since 2013 to provide a stronger visual cue for drivers to avoid them, with the goal of making transit faster and more reliable.

The newest red lanes were added this weekend on two blocks of Judah Street, between 9th and 10th avenues and between 19th and 20th avenues as part of a fast-tracked segment of the N Judah Rapid project. The Muni Forward project includes proposals to add red transit lanes, replace some stop signs with transit-priority traffic signals to reduce delay, and extend boarding islands to allow for two-car trains, all in conjunction with improvements in the Sunset Tunnel. 

Paint crew of nine men in white pants and shirts with yellow safety vests works in the middle of Judah Street looking east to install the red thermoplastic tiles around the center trackway.
This weekend crews installed the red lanes on Judah Street with UCSF in the distance.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Earlier this month, we partnered with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority to host the Geary Corridor Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) public comment meeting. The public comment meeting is part of the public review process for the Draft Environmental Document featured last month on this blog. More than 160 people came to the meeting to learn more about the project and submit comments.

Attendees had the opportunity to discuss the project one-on-one with staff stationed at display boards and large-format scroll maps illustrating the proposed changes in the staff-recommended alternative. The scroll maps, divided into five sections, stretched over 32 feet long! The maps showcased all of the proposed changes in the staff recommended design from the Outer Richmond to Downtown. 

Rendering of O'Farrell and Powell streets with a red bus rapid transit lane and extended boarding area.
This rendering of O'Farrell Street, which will also see improvements in this project, and more visualizations are available on

Thursday, October 29, 2015

It’s been more than two months since the turn restrictions went into effect on Market Street, but the SFMTA is still hard at work making it safer as implementation continues for the Safer Market Street project.

On July 31, just before the turn restrictions went into effect, our paint crews began adding to the red transit-only lanes on Market Street. To date, we have completed the red lanes on Market from 8th to O’Farrell streets and extended or added transit-only lanes on 3rd, 7th and O’Farrell streets. 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Computer rendering of Muni passengers and pedestrians around a red and gray Muni bus in a photo Geary Boulevard.
Detail from a project rendering showing Geary BRT in operation.

The Geary Bus Rapid Transit project is a comprehensive proposal to improve transit and safety along Geary, and it’s now on its way to becoming a reality for the bus routes’ 55,000 daily riders.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

71 Haight/Noriega gray and red Muni bus heads down the red painted lanes on Market Street with traffic, including a yellow school bus, and pedestrians in the background.
Red transit-only lanes like these will be extended down Market Street and combined with other safety measures, including turn restrictions for private vehicles on a five-block stretch. (SFMTA Photo)