J Church Rapid Project

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J Church Line

As a part of Muni Forward, SFMTA has identified the J Church corridor as being a part of its proposed Rapid Network. In most cities, a Rapid Network is bus service with dedicated lanes and vehicles that allows transit to move swiftly on the street. With our Rapid Network, we intend to build transit priority lanes with efficient stop spacing to move vehicles quickly along their routes. We’ll also create better boarding zones to make it safer and faster for passengers to get on board, and make it easier to find our stops and shelters with improved signage.

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Overview of J Church Rapid Proposal

J Church Proposal

What's Included in the J Church Rapid Proposal?

Several changes are proposed along the J Church corridor, including:
  • Replacing all-way STOP-controlled intersections with traffic signals or traffic calming measures at four intersections. Traffic calming measures such as corner bulbs, speed humps, and sidewalk extensions provide improved pedestrian safety by reducing the roadway crossing distance, making pedestrians waiting to cross the street more visible to approaching motorists and reducing the speed of motorists turning from cross streets.
  • Adding a transit-only lane on three blocks. In areas of high traffic congestion, transit-only lanes can save significant travel time for the J Church by giving the train its own exclusive lane.
  • Turn Restrictions at two intersections. Left-turn restrictions can reduce transit delay by ensuring that auto traffic does not block intersections while waiting to turn left.
  • Adding pedestrian bulbs at one intersection. Pedestrian bulbs are sidewalk extensions at intersection corners that improve pedestrian safety by reducing the roadway crossing distance, making pedestrians waiting to cross the street more visible to approaching motorists, and reducing the speed of motorists turning from cross streets.
  • Optimizing transit stop locations at three intersections. Relocating transit stops from the near-side to the far-side of intersections at existing and proposed traffic signals would allow streetcars to take advantage of planned transit signal priority improvements. At all-way STOP-controlled intersections, transit stops would be relocated from the far-side of the intersection to the near-side, eliminating the need for streetcars to stop once for the STOP sign and again for customers to board the train.
  • Create more consistent stop spacing. The J Church stops an average of once every two blocks for a majority of its route. However, at two locations, this distance is shortened to as little as once every block. This proposal moves towards at least a two-block spacing throughout the route. By stopping fewer times, the train would take less time to move through the corridor.
  • Adding transit bulbs at seven intersections. Transit bulbs are sidewalk extensions alongside transit stops that allow passengers to get on and off without having to walk between parked cars and cross a lane of traffic. They enhance the ability of streetcars to take advantage of all-door boarding and provide extra space for transit shelters and other customer amenities. Transit bulbs also improve pedestrian safety by reducing the roadway crossing distance, making pedestrians waiting to cross the street more visible to approaching motorists, and reducing the speed of motorists turning from cross streets.
  • Extending boarding islands at two intersections. Boarding islands are dedicated waiting spaces for customers located between travel lanes. Extending existing boarding islands would cover the full length of the train and allow for passengers to be picked up and dropped off without having to walk between parked cars or cross a lane of traffic when the train arrives.
Together, the proposed changes are anticipated to reduce the travel time of the J Church within the study area by about 6.5 minutes total in both directions (12% reduction), resulting in an average operating speed of nine miles per hour and improving service reliability. Other changes such as transit signal priority improvements, operational improvements and network enhancements would further improve travel times along the corridor and add valuable customer amenities such as NextBus displays. The travel time savings would also reduce operating costs on the line and allow for service to be cost effectively increased.
 

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On March 28, 2014, the SFMTA Board of Directors approved and legislated many of Muni Forward's proposed service and route changes, including service adjustments for the J-Church. These adjustments include route restructuring, frequency improvements, and vehicle type changes, which will direct resources where they are needed most, reducing crowding and improving connections to regional transit.

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