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Fourth Round of Muni Forward Service Changes Launch on April 23

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which manages all transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), continues its Muni Forward efforts aimed at improving Muni service – the most significant set of changes in decades. On April 23, the SFMTA is rolling out the fourth round of these service improvements in just over a year. Citywide, Muni riders will see 18 lines with more frequent service, eight lines with expanded service hours, two new lines that make new connections to BART and two new Owl nighttime routes launched.

“As we work to replace and expand the entire Muni bus and train fleet, we are continuing to put more service on the street, providing better connections and making route adjustments so that Muni rides can get around our City safely and on time,” said Mayor Ed Lee.

Increased Frequency

Muni transports more than 700,000 trips during a normal weekday. Increasing frequency on routes and lines throughout the city means that more buses and trains will arrive more often, resulting in more service and less crowding on the following routes:


Frequency Improvements

All Muni Metro Trains

Increasing weekend service – all routes service stations and stops every 10 minutes on Saturday; every 12 minutes on Sunday.

1 California, 47 Van Ness

Increasing AM/PM peak frequency

2 Clement

Increasing AM/PM peak frequency on Sutter

6 Haight-Parnassus, 7 Haight-Noriega, 25 Owl

Increasing late night frequency

10 Townsend, 12 Folsom, 35 Eureka

Increasing all day frequency

31 Balboa, 37 Corbett

Increasing PM peak frequency

28 19th Avenue

Increasing mid-day frequency from 12 to 10 minutes

“The Muni Forward program is a comprehensive overhaul of transit service in San Francisco and this round of changes is the most recent step in a process to provide the most significant Muni changes in decades. This systematic approach to Muni service will continue to help people get around safer, more reliably and faster,” said SFMTA Board Chairman Tom Nolan.

New Late Night Routes Launching

New all night (Owl) service is proposed for portions of the 44 O’Shaughnessy and the 48 Quintara-24th Street. This new Owl service will increase the number of San Franciscans who live within one-half mile of 24/7 service. Service will run every 30 minutes between the following destinations:

44 Owl from Glen Park to the Bayview

48 Owl from Noe Valley to 3rd Street

The 25 Owl will increase frequency from 45 minutes to 30 minutes.

Route Maps

New Owl service will begin at 1 a.m. on April 24.

“Whether for work or recreation, people depend on Muni to get around day and night,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation, Ed Reiskin. “The new late night routes and service increases are examples of the overall improvements we are making to adapt to the needs of Muni riders in a growing economy and city population.”

Expanded Service Hours

One year ago the SFMTA launched Muni’s Rapid Network and made a promise to prioritize frequency and reliability on those heavily used lines. This April the SFMTA is taking another step forward to enhance the Rapid Network by expanding service hours on the 28R Rapid to all-day Rapid service, connecting the Inner Richmond, the Inner Sunset, Parkside, Stonestown, San Francisco State University, Balboa Park Station, and Mission & Geneva. Service hours will also be extended on Muni’s popular Express routes so customers can commute home a little bit later.


Service Expansion

28R 19th Avenue Rapid

Rapid service from Mon. through Fri. (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

Richmond Express Buses

Service extended to 7 p.m.: 1AX, 1BX, 31AX & 31BX

30X Marina-Express

Service extended to 7 p.m., larger buses, plus stop consolidation along Chestnut to speed up the commute

57 Parkmerced

Weekday service to begin at 5 a.m.

E Embarcadero

New weekday service from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Improved Route Changes

Many of the route changes rolling out this month will allow for better, easier and more frequent connections to regional transportation partners, including Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).


Route Adjustment

2 Clement

New short line to California Street and Presidio Avenue to boost service along Sutter Street.

14R Mission Rapid

Extended to Daly City BART all day

18 46th Avenue

Outbound route turning from Sloat onto Skyline (currently using Sunset)

28R 19th Avenue Rapid

Major transformation, providing all-day Rapid service from the Inner Richmond to the Excelsior District

35 Eureka

Increased frequency and improved connections across San Francisco.

More information about Muni Forward and Transit Priority Projects can be found at www.sfmta.com/muniforward.