1 California Temporary Emergency Transit Lanes Have Been Approved
The SFMTA Board of Directors unanimously approved Muni’s 1 California Temporary Emergency Transit Lanes project as proposed at its April 20 meeting. Thank you to everyone who attended the hearing or provided valuable input that helped shape the final design.
Some common themes that we heard before and during the meeting include:
- Support for transit lanes and request to make them permanent.
- Disappointment that transit lanes were removed on two blocks of Clay Street.
- Requests to consider extending transit lane hours, including on the weekend.
- Requests for more enforcement to improve compliance for transit lanes.
- Opposition to reduction in parking availability during hours that transit lanes are in effect in Nob Hill. Concerns from residents who have paid for Residential Parking Permits.
- Concern about the potential for the reduction in travel lanes in some parts of the corridor to contribute to increases in traffic congestion.
Missed the meeting? Watch the SFMTA Board of Directors hearing on SFGovTV. (Note: link will take you to the beginning of the 1 California calendar item.)
Muni’s 1 California has continued to serve thousands of riders every day throughout the pandemic. These transit lanes will help ensure that service is fast and reliable as traffic increases, especially for the 65 percent of Chinatown and Nob Hill households without a car.
Maps showing final approved 1 California Temporary Emergency Transit Lanes
Next Steps: Implementation and Evaluation
When: The project will be implemented later this spring.
What to expect: Signs will be installed or updated and transit lane markings will be painted along sections of California, Sacramento and Clay streets. Parking or travel lanes may be briefly restricted around active work zones. Beginning in June after signs have been updated, towaway enforcement will resume on Clay and Sacramento streets; warnings will be issued the week prior.
Duration: It will take approximately one month to complete installation along the whole corridor; however, work on any individual block can typically be completed in about a day.
After implementation is complete, the SFMTA will evaluate the project, determine if any changes are needed and recommend whether to pursue permanent lanes. Evaluation will include a survey to collect input from residents and others who use the corridor.