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43 Masonic and 44 O'Shaughnessy Temporary Emergency Transit Lanes

Project Introduction

With the city reopening, traffic is quickly returning. If just a fraction of the people riding transit before the crisis begin driving alone, traffic congestion will be so severe that it could paralyze San Francisco’s economic recovery. Meanwhile, about a hundred thousand people, many of them essential workers, continue to rely on Muni every day to get to work and essential appointments during this pandemic. Without action, transit-dependent San Franciscans will bear the costs of traffic congestion, like an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 on slower, more crowded buses.

Along with other key locations across the city, the SFMTA is proposing to install temporary emergency transit lanes on segments of the 43 Masonic and 44 O'Shaughnessy Muni routes to keep buses out of traffic and reduce crowding and travel times. By reducing delay from congestion, Muni can use its limited resources to provide more frequent service and pick up more passengers with the same number of buses.

Locations of proposed temporary transit lanes were chosen based on current ridership and travel time data. Providing service improvements to customers on Muni routes that serve neighborhoods with high percentages of people of color and low-income households is a top priority.

Laguna Honda/Woodside/O’Shaughnessy/Bosworth 

Map showing proposed emergency temporary transit lanes on Laguna Honda, Woodside, O'Shaughnessy and BosworthMap shows the maximum possible extent of proposed transit lanes—exact locations to be determined.

The 44 O'Shaughnessy bus serves two major transit stations, the Glen Park BART station and Forest Hill Muni Metro station. Congestion from cars delays service to these destinations as well as the Inner Sunset and I-280. Temporary transit lanes will address bottlenecks on Bosworth Street, O’Shaughnessy Boulevard, Woodside Avenue and Laguna Honda Boulevard, which will help improve the speed and reliability of the 44 O'Shaughnessy for passengers along the entire route. The 43 Masonic will also benefit from transit lanes on Laguna Honda Boulevard. These segments have shown up to 31% travel time savings during the shelter-in-place, when there has been significantly less car traffic.

Pending approval, temporary emergency transit lanes will generally convert the curbside general-purpose lane in both directions to a bus/taxi only lane on:

  • Laguna Honda Boulevard, between Clarendon Avenue and Dewey Boulevard (includes a shared transit/taxi/bike segment in the northbound lane)
  • Woodside Avenue, between Laguna Honda Boulevard and Portola Drive (shared transit/taxi/bike lane)
  • O’Shaughnessy Boulevard, from Portola Drive to 800 feet southerly
  • Bosworth Street, between Elk and Arlington Street (shared transit/taxi/bike lane)

Proposed areas are the maximum extent that lanes may be installed. The actual implementation of these temporary transit lanes may be reduced as more detailed designs for these locations are finalized. Turn restrictions may be implemented in some locations.

Masonic/Presidio 

Map showing proposed temporary emergency transit lanes on Presidio and MasonicMap shows the maximum possible extent of proposed transit lanes—exact locations to be determined.

Temporary transit lanes are also proposed on Masonic and Presidio avenues to improve transit travel times for the 43 Masonic. These locations were chosen because they have shown up to 25% travel time savings during the shelter-in-place when there has been significantly less car traffic, and they can be installed with no impacts to parking. As with other proposed locations, temporary transit lanes here will provide a benefit to customers along the entire 43 route.

Pending approval, temporary emergency transit lanes will generally convert the curbside general-purpose lanes in both directions to bus/taxi only lanes on:

  • Presidio Avenue, between Sacramento and Geary Boulevard (shared transit/taxi/bike lane)
  • Masonic Avenue, between Geary Boulevard and Haight Street

Proposed areas are the maximum extent that lanes could be installed. The actual implementation of these temporary transit lanes may be reduced as more detailed designs for these locations are finalized. Turn restrictions may be implemented in some locations. No parking removal is planned.

Project Timeline 
June 2020
Initial Outreach + Emergency SFMTA Board Legislation
Pending
Late Summer 2020
Implementation + Begin Evaluation
Pending
Late 2020
Implement Changes As-Needed Post-Evaluation
Pending

Implementation and Sunset Date

Temporary emergency transit lanes will be presented to the SFMTA Board of Directors for review and approval on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 and are open for public comment.

  • Watch the SFMTA Board of Directors Special Meeting on June 30, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.
  • Call in public comment during the meeting: 888.808.6929 / Access Code: 9961164
  • Email comment to TellMuni@SFMTA.com with the subject line "Public Hearing" or call 415.646.4470 by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 29 in advance of the meeting.

If approved, temporary transit lanes would be installed in late summer and will be striped only with white paint and “Bus/Taxi Only” stenciling and signage, making them easily reversable. No red color is proposed as part of these temporary installations. Emergency transit lanes will automatically be removed within 120 days after the emergency order is lifted, unless there is a public process to make a temporary emergency transit lane permanent.

Outreach and Evaluation 

The urgent nature of this emergency calls for putting temporary measures into place, directly on the street. This accelerated approach allows the city to respond quickly to protect public health and support economic recovery while we work with the community to evaluate and make adjustments to the temporary transit lanes in real time. Areas of evaluation will include, but are not limited to:

  • Health and safety benefits
  • Economic health
  • Neighborhood impacts and equity
  • Transit performance
  • Traffic safety

Community-based organizations, stakeholders and neighbors will be involved in shaping the framework and process for evaluating and making any needed adjustments to the temporary transit lanes in real time. Based on public feedback and ongoing, on-the-ground data monitoring of the temporary transit lanes, we can tweak—or even remove lanes—to meet the needs of the community and Muni customers. Both qualitative and quantitative data will be collected after implementation and will inform any changes needed to the transit lanes and whether permanent approval of the lanes should be pursued.

We want your feedback

Once temporary emergency transit lanes are installed, we need your input to help evaluate them. Sign up for project updates and to take a community feedback survey. You will receive a link to the survey via email or text shortly after temporary transit lanes are installed.

Contact Information
Amy Fowler, Public Information Officer