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Proposed Changes for the Townsend & Third Intersection

Route(s) Affected

In order to reduce Muni delay for buses turning left onto 3rd Street from Townsend, the 3rd Street Transit and Safety Project proposes adding a bus-only left-turn lane on Townsend Street eastbound at 3rd. This change would allow the 30 Stockton and the 45 Union/Stockton to turn at the intersection more efficiently and reduce time spent in traffic waiting to turn left. The left-turn lane for regular traffic would remain the same. Some curbside parking would be removed to accommodate the changes, and some parking would be relocated between the bike lane and traffic lanes. The bike lane on the south side of Townsend Street between will become parking-protected between Lusk and Ritch streets.

Additionally, on Townsend Street east of 3rd Street the bus zone would be extended to better accomodate the 10 Townsend and more commercial loading spaces would be added to address demand. These improvements will be considered at an SFMTA Public Hearing on Friday, January 24, 2020. There are three ways to comment on these proposed changes:

  • Attend the SFMTA Public Hearing on January 24, 2020 at 10:00 a.m., ​​​​​​City Hall, Room 416 (Hearing Room 4), San Francisco.
  • Email comment to: with subject line “Public Hearing”. (Submit comments before the hearing.)
  • Mail comment to: Public Hearing, Sustainable Streets Division, One South Van Ness Avenue, 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5417. (Submit comments before the hearing.)