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First Step for Van Ness BRT: Consolidating Bus Stops to Save Travel Time

Friday, May 20, 2016

As we prepare to start construction on the Van Ness Improvement Project this summer, we will consolidate nine bus stops on Van Ness Avenue to speed up service on Saturday, June 4.

The new stop spacing will align with the plan for San Francisco’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) route, which will come with a package of transportation improvements to make Muni faster and more reliable. The idea is to provide an early boost for the 47 Van Ness, 49 Van Ness/Mission and 90 San Bruno Owl routes and help minimize travel delays during construction, which is expected to finish in 2019.

A 60-foot Muni bus stopped on Van Ness Avenue at McAllister Street in front of City Hall.

Here are the nine stops being discontinued, followed by an image to show which stops will remain:

Southbound

  • Greenwich Street
  • Pacific Avenue
  • Pine Street
  • Grove Street

Northbound

  • Greenwich Street
  • California Street
  • Post Street
  • Turk Street
  • Grove Street

A map shows existing bus stops that will remain on Van Ness at Mission, Market, McAllister, Eddy, O’Farrell, Sutter, Sacramento southbound and Clay northbound, Jackscon, Vallejo, Union and Chestnut after the June 4 consolidation.

These stops were selected through extensive community input and based on characteristics like stop spacing, street grades, transfer routes and passenger usage. When Van Ness BRT opens, Muni buses will have center-running transit-only lanes served by accessible boarding platforms at each remaining stop.

To help inform customers and provide guidance on the stop changes, we’ll have ambassadors along Van Ness beginning Monday.

For the latest information on the Van Ness Improvement Project, be sure to sign up for updates. You can also contact the project team by emailing vannessbrt@sfmta.com