Geary Rapid

Project Overview

Geary Rapid photo simulation at Buchanan Street

Geary Boulevard, Geary and O'Farrell streets are home to one of the busiest bus corridors west of the Mississippi. Over 52,000 people rely on the 38 Geary local, rapid and express routes to get where they need to go.

But uneven wait times, overcrowded buses and inconsistent travel times are a daily reality. These issues persist even with frequent service – provided by longer 60-foot buses – scheduled to run every 2.5 minutes during rush hour, and near-term upgrades to bus lanes implemented recently under Muni Forward.

Geary is also a high-injury corridor, meaning it hosts a disproportionate number of traffic-related crashes. In fact, crossing Geary you’re eight times more likely to be hit by traffic than the citywide average. This is unacceptable.

The Geary Rapid project will address these issues and make traveling for everyone on the corridor more efficient, safe and vibrant.

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Project Details

Geary Rapid project limits Market to Stanyan streets, Geary Boulevard project limits Palm to 34th avenues.

The Geary Rapid project is the first set of Geary upgrades scheduled to begin later this year between Market and Stanyan streets. More long-term upgrades as part of the Geary Boulevard Improvement project, west of Stanyan to the Richmond District, would come later with construction beginning no sooner than 2019.

Geary Rapid proposals will make bus service more efficient and reliable and pedestrian crossings safer and more accessible. For the full list of transit, traffic and pedestrian safety treatments see the list of project proposals below. 

Upcoming Outreach Plans

The SF County Transportation Authority Board, comprised of the SF Board of Supervisors, approved the Geary Bus Rapid Transit project and certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) January 5, 2017.

With the EIR approved, we’re gearing up to deliver Geary Rapid improvements starting later this year. But before we do we have a series of outreach activities planned to get feedback on the detailed design and parking and loading changes.

Upcoming outreach activities include:

  • An open house series April – May
  • Drop-in “office hours” at Geary cafes
  • Table set-ups at community events
  • Door-to-door outreach to businesses and residents
  • Presentations to community groups and other organizations. Please feel free to invite us to your group or organization’s next meeting!

Stay tuned! We’ll be posting more details here soon. Sign-up to be notified when updates are available or contact project staff directly by emailing or calling (415) 646-2300

Geary Rapid photo simulation at Leavenworth Street

Summary of Geary Rapid Project Proposals

  • Extension of existing dedicated bus-only lanes to Stanyan Street
  • Stop spacing adjustments to improve efficiency, including relocating and removing bus stops
  • Accessible bus stops with boarding islands and sidewalk extensions making it easier for bus operators to stop and easier for people to get on and off the bus
  • Sidewalk extensions at over 40 street corners increasing the visibility of people crossing, slowing down right-turning vehicles and shortening crossing distances for people walking
  • Traffic signals at intersections where they do not exist today
  • Traffic signal upgrades including:
    • Smart signals that give the green light to buses and emergency vehicles
    • Signal synchronization to improve traffic flow
    • New pedestrian signals
  • New crossings for people walking and accessible waiting areas in the median
  • New water and sewer infrastructure to ensure reliability
  • Repaving and pavement repairs


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