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A Closer Look at Muni’s Sept. 26 Route Changes

Friday, September 11, 2015

Just two weeks ago we announced the launch of another round of Muni service improvements aimed at reducing crowding and providing new connections across the city. Unlike the improvements we launched in January and April, the September changes will also include tweaks to the routing of several Muni lines.

Redesigning these eight routes allows Muni to adjust to the growing population and meet travel demands across the city, while also providing new service to new destinations and major transit hubs. We know that these new routes may change up your commute a bit, and that may take some getting used to. To be sure you have all the details before the September 26 changes, let’s start with a closer look at the new routes for lines serving the southwest part of the city: the 7X Noriega Express, 18 46th Avenue, 57 Parkmerced and 29 Sunset.

7X Noriega Express

7x Noriega Express route change map

Hey Sunset residents — if you commute to the Financial District, consider taking the 7X Noriega Express! This route used to end its morning trip at 4th and Market streets, meaning 7X customers couldn’t get downtown without switching to another bus, train or mode of transportation. But starting Monday, September 27, the 7X will serve local stops along Market all the way to Steuart.

Here’s a list of the new 7X stops along Market:

AM to Downtown

PM to Outer Sunset

Market/4th

Main/Mission

Market/3rd

Steuart/Market

Market/New Montgomery

Market/Front

Market/1st

Market/Sansome

Market/Beale

Market/Montgomery

Market/Steuart

Market/Grant

Catch the 7X on weekdays: morning service picks up between 6:25 and 8:50 a.m., and in the evening between 4 and 6:23 p.m. 

18 46th Avenue and 57 Parkmerced

18/57 reroute map

Although they’re two separate routes, the 18 46th Avenue and 57 Parkmerced reroutes are designed to work together to provide new connections for Parkmerced residents and streamlined service for riders on the 18.

This includes the 57 taking over the current 18 route around Lake Merced, while connecting West Portal Station and Stonestown to Daly City BART, and Lakeshore Plaza. New stops along Brotherhood Way will also provide new service to several schools and religious institutions. If you take the 57 from Arballo, Garces and Gonzales drives, you’ll need to board on Font Boulevard. If you board south of SF State along 19th Avenue, you’re likely to prefer taking the 28/28R 19th Avenue. Frequency on the 57 will also increase from every 30 minutes to every 20 minutes.

Here’s a list of the stops for the 57 Parkmerced:

Inbound to West Portal

Outbound to Lakeshore Plaza

Sloat & Clearfield, Lakeshore Plaza

Ulloa & West Portal, West Portal Station

Sloat & Everglade, Lakeshore Plaza

West Portal & Vicente

Sloat & El Mirasol

West Portal & 14th Ave

Sloat & Constanso

15th Ave & West Portal

Sloat & 34th Ave

Junipero Serra & Sloat

Sloat & 36th Ave

Junipero Serra & Ocean

Skyline & Sloat

Eucalyptus & 19th Ave

Herbst & Armory, Pomeroy Rec Center

20th Ave & Buckingham, Stonestown

Skyline & Harding

20th Ave & Macy's, Stonestown

John Muir & Skyline

20th Ave & Winston, Stonestown

655 John Muir

95 Buckingham

515 John Muir

175 Buckingham

1100 Lake Merced

280 Buckingham

Lake Merced & Lake Merced Hills

Buckingham & Winston

Brotherhood & Grace Trinity

Winston & Lake Merced

Brotherhood & Church Parking Lot

Lake Merced & SFSU

Brotherhood & Summit

Font & Mary, SFSU Housing

Junipero Serra & SF Golf Club

Font & Arballo

Daly City BART (shares with 28/28R)

Font & Tapia

Junipero Serra & Palmetto

Font & Serrano

Chumasero & Galindo

Font & Juan Bautista

Font & Chumasero

Juan Bautista & Font

Font & Cambon

Font & Gonzalez

Font & Juan Bautista

Font & Cambon

Juan Bautista & Font

Chumasera & Font

Font & Serrano

Junipero Serra & SF Golf Club

Font & Tapia

Daly City BART (shares with 14R)

Font & Arballo

Junipero Serra & Palmetto

Font & Mary, SFSU Housing

Brotherhood & Chumasero

Lake Merced & Font

Brotherhood & Summit

Winston & Lake Merced

Brotherhood & Grace Trinity

Buckingham & Winston

Lake Merced & Lake Merced Hills

280 Buckingham

1100 Lake Merced

197 Buckingham

515 John Muir

95 Buckingham

655 John Muir

20th Ave & Winston, Stonestown

John Muir & Skyline

20th Ave & Macy's, Stonestown

Skyline & Harding

20th Ave & Buckingham, Stonestown

Skyline & Zoo, SF Zoo

Eucalyptus & 19th Ave

Skyline & Lake Merced

Eucalyptus & Junipero Serra

Sloat & 37th Ave

Junipero Serra & Ocean

Sloat & 36th Ave

West Portal & Sloat

Sloat & Clearfield, Lakeshore Plaza

West Portal & 15th Ave

West Portal & 14th Ave

West Portal & Vicente

Ulloa & West Portal, West Portal Station

With the 57 taking over the loop around Lake Merced, the 18 will be streamlined to provide a more direct connection to Stonestown, San Francisco State University, 19th Avenue and the M Line. Heading east on Sloat, the route will bypass the Lake Merced loop, traveling instead along Sunset Avenue and Lake Merced Boulevard, where it will pick up its original route at Winston Drive. We’ll also be increasing the weekend frequency on the 18, from every 25 minutes to every 20 minutes. 

Here’s a list of the new stops for the 18 46th Ave:

Inbound to Outer Richmond

Outbound to Stonestown

Lake Merced & Middlefield Dr

Sunset Blvd & Ocean Ave

Sunset Blvd & Lake Merced Blvd

Sunset Blvd & Lake Merced Blvd

Sunset Blvd & Ocean Ave

Lake Merced & Middlefield Dr

Sunset Blvd & Yorba St

Sloat Blvd & 39th Ave

Sloat Blvd & 36th Ave

29 Sunset

29 Sunset reroute map

The 29 Sunset carries more than 20,000 customers each day, so we’re realigning the route to speed up the trip. The reroute is expected to shave more than three minutes off the trip in each direction.

Streamlining the route means the 29 will no longer serve stops on Mission Street or Geneva Avenue. Customers on Mission Street can take the 14 Mission to catch the 29 on Ocean Avenue, and Geneva Avenue residents can take the 43 Masonic or 8 Bayshore. The 29 will follow the same route as the 49 Van Ness/Mission on Ocean Avenue, making the same stops as well. A new stop will be established for the westbound 29 on the backside of Balboa Park Station at Ocean and I-280.

Here’s a list of the new stops for the 29 on Ocean, between Mission and Geneva:

Inbound to the Presidio

Outbound to Bayview

Ocean & Cayuga Ave

Ocean Ave & Howth St

Ocean & Ostego

Ocean Ave/Balboa Park BART Station

Ocean & San Jose

Ocean Ave & San Jose St

Ocean and I-280

Ocean Ave & Otsego Ave

Ocean and Howth

Ocean Ave & Cayuga Ave

Stay tuned — next week we’ll dive into the route changes on the 28, 28R, 43 and 9/9R.