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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

We’re pioneering new types of traffic signal designs to reduce illegal left turns along Muni’s T Third Line, and we need your input.

The two signal designs below were recently installed at intersections on 3rd Street. With efforts including a new survey, you can weigh in on which signal is more effective at making intersections safer while making Muni Metro lines faster and more reliable.

Which of these signals most effectively indicates that a train is coming through the intersection? Take our survey and let us know.

 A traffic signal featuring a flashing, filled-in image of a train on tracks attached to a pole beneath a left turn traffic signal and above a "Do Not Enter" sign. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Over the past month, we’ve been rolling out the initial Muni Forward safety treatments along Taraval Street as part of the L Taraval Rapid Project. Despite the ongoing rain, we’ve made progress on every component, including the “clear zones,” upgraded boarding zones and transit-only lanes.

Here’s a look at our progress on Taraval so far.

People on Taraval Street board a stopped Muni train from the roadway with pavement markings that say, "TRANSIT BOARDING ZONE" and a posted sign that says, "STATE LAW - STOP HERE WHEN" along with an image of a train and passenger.
Pilot boarding zone upgrades on Taraval at 40th Avenue.

Friday, February 17, 2017

As part of our ongoing efforts to move Muni Forward, we’re launching a package of small but important service adjustments on Saturday, February 25.

Based on feedback from Muni riders, we’re increasing service and on popular routes, adding bigger buses on the 5 Fulton and making stop and schedule adjustments to make service faster, roomier and more reliable.

Here are all of the Muni lines and routes affected – find the full details below:

  • F Market, L Taraval, L Owl, 5/5 Rapid, 5 Owl, 7X, 8AX/BX, 10, 12, 25, 27, 28 Rapid, 29, 48

A 60-foot Muni bus parked in a garage with its front door open.
A 60-foot New Flyer bus at Muni's Flynn Division.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Riders exiting L Taraval train

We’re moving the L Taraval Rapid Project forward with improvements to make the street safer and improve Muni service starting in January.

After engaging with the community to shape proposed changes approved in September, early enhancements are coming to make Taraval safer for everyone who depends on it — including the Muni riders who make 30,000 trips on the L Taraval each day.

Friday, September 16, 2016

People in the roadway on Taraval Street board and alight from a stopped Muni train.
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.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Mission Street at 23rd Street, with a Muni 14 Mission trolley bus traveling down a red lane marked for buses and taxis only, with cars driving in the adjacent lane.
Photo: torbakhopper/Flickr

The Mission Street Rapid Project will see a few changes approved by the SFMTA Board of Directors this week to help vehicle traffic flow more smoothly through the area (see more details on that below).

These modifications, as well as the original street design, were developed based on extensive feedback from the community we gathered through a series of efforts before and after the project rolled out.

The original changes, which included red transit-only lanes and required right turns to make Mission safer and work better for Muni, were developed after nearly a year of community outreach (.pdf) in 2015, which included several open houses, door-to-door canvassing of every merchant along the project corridor, dozens of meetings with over 30 different neighborhood groups and several multilingual surveys conducted online and in person.

This spring, after the red paint on Mission’s new transit-only lanes had dried, we went back out to the community to discuss how the new street design was perceived by residents, Muni riders, motorists and others who use the street.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Starting August 15, 60-foot articulated electric trolley buses will begin running weekdays on the 5R Fulton Rapid to reduce crowding. These new buses also offer a smoother, more comfortable ride. Adding bigger buses is one of the key upgrades rolling out this August as part of our ongoing Muni Forward service improvements.

The 5 Fulton and 5R Fulton Rapid see 22,000 daily boardings combined, making it one of Muni’s busiest bus corridors. The 5R is also part of Muni’s Rapid Network, which means it's a priority route for Muni Forward upgrades like frequency increases and new street design features to improve reliability.

New 60-foot trolley bus parked at a Muni division
New 60-foot electric trolley buses started arriving last spring. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

A view of Sansome Street in the Financial District. The single southbound traffic lane is used by a Muni bus and taxi, while several lanes in the opposite direction are used by  cars, buses and a shuttle van.
Starting Saturday, Sansome Street’s southbound lane (seen here looking north at Pine Street) will be extended north to Broadway to improve Muni’s 10 and 12 routes.

A new southbound traffic lane on Sansome Street in the Financial District will provide a more direct path for Muni’s 10 Townsend and 12 Folsom/Pacific routes. Once buses start using the new lane on August 13, Muni customers will save up to three minutes on the southbound trip.

With the Sansome Street Improvement Project, part of Muni Forward, we will extend the street’s southbound lane three blocks north, from Washington Street to Broadway. Like the southbound lane segment that already exists on Sansome south of Washington, the extended lane will only be for transit and commercial vehicles during daytime hours.

Friday, June 24, 2016

a 9 San Bruno bus on San Bruno Avenue.

A 9 San Bruno bus on San Bruno Avenue at Sillman Street. Photo: MuniDave/Flickr.

We’re moving Muni Forward on two street segments on the 9 San Bruno route. Construction starts early July on transit priority improvements along 11th Street and Bayshore Boulevard.

The 9 San Bruno Rapid Project will bring a quicker, more reliable ride, and a safer space to get on and off the bus for the 20,000 daily riders on the 9 and 9R San Bruno Rapid. Construction is expected to finish next spring.

The coming improvements span Bayshore Boulevard between Jerrold Avenue and Industrial Street, as well as 11th Street at Harrison. The project, approved by the SFMTA Board of Directors in October 2014, includes three key improvements to make transit safer and more reliable.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Can you believe it’s June already? In the first half of 2016, Muni Forward has seen its biggest strides yet. Here are six Muni improvements accomplished within the last six months.

1) Muni’s Biggest Service Increase Ever

An illustration of a Muni bus at a busy boarding platform, with a “Muni Forward” banner at top.