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Creating a Smoother Muni Ride on Mission Street

Friday, February 12, 2016

Last year, we told you about the 2.5 miles of transit improvements coming to Mission Street. Now, the pieces are in place to get one of Muni’s busiest bus corridors moving and make it safer for everyone.

Starting this month we’ll be rolling out a set of changes north of 30th Street that will dramatically improve reliability for the 14R, 14 and 49, enhance pedestrian safety, reduce vehicle collisions, and ease traffic flow along the corridor.

San Francisco, meet your new Mission Street:

Rendering of the new street design for Mission facing southbound at 20th Street
Rendering of the new street design for Mission facing southbound at 20th Street

Muni Forward’s 14 Mission Rapid Project is an example of how voter-approved bond money is working to improve performance and safety and to better serve some of our most disadvantaged residents.

The $3.8 million project will change the way traffic flows along Mission and reduce collisions by creating clear, safe places for people to be, however they’re travelling.

More than 65,000 times a day, people ride a Muni bus along this corridor. We are going to make their daily life a little bit better by substantially reducing Muni travel times by five minutes each way for the length of the project area. So if you ride the bus to and from work each week along this stretch of Mission, that will be like getting an extra 43 hours back each year. 

This project is a major street redesign that will change the way people move along Mission. Just have a look at the current street configuration for reference:

Looking northbound on Mission at 20th Street
Looking northbound on Mission at 20th Street shows the existing lane configuration — as well as traffic congestion heading southbound and a Muni bus straddling the narrow lane.

As you can see, we’re changing the number of travel lanes to widen the street, rolling out a new transit-only lane, and much, much more. Let’s walk through it.  

Transit-only Lanes

These lanes give Muni its own right-of-way to bypass traffic congestion, reducing delays and improving reliability. Transit-only lanes will be installed on Mission Street traveling southbound between 14th and Cesar Chavez, and both southbound and northbound between Cesar Chavez and 30th.

Stop consolidation

This allows Muni customers to travel the same distance in less time. Heading toward downtown, stops will be removed on Mission at 29th, Fair, Precita, 23rd, 21st, 19th and 15th, and a new stop will be established at Powers. Towards Daly City, stops will be removed at 15th, 19th, 21st, 23rd, Precita, and 29th.

Turn restrictions

These reduce delay for through traffic and keep pedestrians safe as they cross the street. Left turn restrictions will be put in place at every intersection on Mission Street between 14th and Cesar Chavez.

Northbound required right turns

Requiring right turns will divert northbound traffic off Mission Street, easing traffic flow along the street and improving local access to Mission Street destinations. Right turns will be required going northbound at 26th, 24th, 22nd, 20th, and 16th. Transit, emergency vehicles, taxis and bicyclists will be exempt from required right turns.

All of these improvements are hitting the street starting this month!

Timing

What’s Happening

This Saturday, February 13, 2016

Select bus stops removed for the 14 and 49

February 22 - March 7

Red lanes painted from 30th St to Cesar Chavez

March 7 – early April

Red lanes painted and road re-striped from 14th St to Cesar Chavez

Rolling basis between March and April

Required right turns and left turn restrictions will be implemented block-by-block as the transit-only lanes are striped

As the SFMTA paint crew moves through the project area, expect the following during construction hours:

  • Curbside parking and loading will be temporarily unavailable.
  • Muni bus stops may be temporarily re-located to a nearby stop.
  • Through auto traffic will be allowed but alternative routes are encouraged.
  • Signs prior to construction on each block will be posted for all bus stop changes and parking restrictions.

We know construction is never fun, but in just a few short months tens of thousands of Mission Street transit riders will have a better Muni ride, and thousands of daily Mission visitors will get a safer walk in the neighborhood. This is Muni Forward and Vision Zero in action.

If you have any questions, let us know at muniforward@sfmta.com.