Our proposed improvements would provide safer boarding areas at L Taraval stops where Muni customers must step into a traffic lane.
Update: The SFMTA Board of Directors approved the L Taraval Rapid Project and the striped boarding zone pilot. The Board directed SFMTA staff to further evaluate preservation of the inbound stop at Taraval and 17th Avenue, which was proposed for removal.
The L Taraval is unique to Muni — it’s the only line in our system where, at most stops, customers must board and alight their vehicle in a live lane of traffic.
Taraval Street is on track for a major upgrade that will result in a safer street and faster, more reliable Muni service. Over the last year, we’ve worked closely with the community to shape proposed changes that address some of the major problems Taraval faces – particularly safety for people walking and boarding Muni trains.
The proposals for the L Taraval Rapid Project are up for approval by the SFMTA Board of Directors on Tuesday. These changes are all part of a much-needed rehabilitation on Taraval that will replace infrastructure like the worn rails, overhead wires, sewers as well as repave the entire street. This overhaul will reduce Muni breakdowns and make the streets smoother and quieter to ride and drive.
But most importantly, adding boarding islands would provide the 30,000 daily riders on the L Taraval the standard of safety and comfort expected on streets throughout the rest of our Muni Metro system.
In just five years, 46 people were hit by a vehicle on Taraval, 22 of whom were getting on or off a Muni train. This puts Taraval on San Francisco’s High-Injury Network — the 12 percent of streets where over 70 percent of injury collisions occur.