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Fulton Street Safety and Transit Project
Project Introduction

Fulton Street is a main traffic and transit thoroughfare in the Richmond District, bordering the northern edge of Golden Gate Park. Every day, residents and visitors cross Fulton Street by foot and bicycle to access the park, for commute and for recreational trips. Two of Muni’s busiest routes, the 5 Fulton and 5R Fulton Rapid, which average more than 22,000 combined boardings per weekday, also serve this area.

Through a number of safety improvements, the Fulton Street Safety and Transit Project’s goal is to improve safety and accessibility between Golden Gate Park and the Richmond District across Fulton Street, as well as help reduce travel time for the 5 Fulton and 5R Fulton Rapid and make boarding easier for customers. 

Project Update

After conducting an online survey in October and November 2019, the SFMTA used the survey results to develop an initial plan to improve safety and transit on Fulton Street. The initial plan was presented at a community open house in February 2020. Following revisions based on community feedback, the final plan was presented at an SFMTA Public Hearing in July 2020 and included sidewalk widening for new transit bulbs, daylighting, and changes to the San Francisco Bike Network.

As of June 2021, key segments of the project have been completed, including improving or lengthening daylighting at 34 intersections along Fulton between Stanyan and La Playa and installing 13 Painted Safety Zones.

Next Steps

Temporary transit bulbs will be installed on 6th Avenue eastbound and 8th Avenue westbound by winter 2021. 

Additional safety and transit improvements that were developed based on community feedback and that will continue to be implemented along Fulton include:

  • Relocate bike route between Cabrillo and Fulton from 23rd to 22nd Avenue
  • Establish a bike route on 10th Avenue between Fulton and Cabrillo

Through the SFMTA Traffic Calming program:

  • Westbound speed radar sign between 40th and 41st Avenues 
  • Eastbound speed radar sign between 38th and 39th Avenues

Through Muni Forward:

  • Build transit bulbs at 10th, 8th, and 6th Avenues and Arguello

This project is made possible by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority through a grant of Proposition K Local Transportation Sales Tax Funds. 

Project Timeline 
Fall 2019
Online Survey & Planning
Winter 2020
Community Feedback
Spring 2020
Project Recommendations
Fall 2021
Safety and Transit Project Implementation
Project Status
Detailed Design
Implementation / Construction

Transit Proposed Improvements

Muni is proposing to build “transit bulbs” – wider sidewalks at stops -- at six stops on Routes 5 Fulton and 5R Fulton Rapid, along Fulton Street between Arguello Boulevard and 10th Avenue. Transit bulbs provide a range of benefits, including:

  • reduced travel times and improved schedule reliability, as buses can stop in the travel lane, and aren’t delayed waiting to merge back into traffic;
  • easier boarding for passengers in wheelchairs, riders with strollers and others who may have difficulty getting on or off, as buses can more easily pull up to the curb;
  • more space for both waiting passengers as well as pedestrians passing by (and passenger amenities such as shelters); and
  • enhanced pedestrian safety, as the distance required to cross the street is reduced.

From east to west, the six locations where transit bulbs would be built are:

  • Outbound (westbound) at Arguello
  • Inbound (eastbound) at 6th Avenue
  • Outbound at 6th Avenue
  • Outbound at 8th Avenue
  • Inbound at 10th Avenue
  • Outbound at 10th Avenue

As part of the project, the inbound (eastbound) stop at Park Presidio would also be relocated from the near (west) side of the intersection to the far (east) side. This would reduce the amount of time buses have to spend stopped at the intersection waiting for the traffic signal to change.

Together, these changes would benefit thousands of Muni riders and pedestrians. The 5 and 5R are two of Muni’s busiest routes, with an average of more than 22,000 combined boardings per weekday. Fulton, meanwhile, is a wide, busy street that can be challenging to cross – Fulton between 6th and 11th avenues is part of the City’s Vision Zero “High Injury Network” where the most collisions occur -- and each of the four locations where the crossing distance would be reduced is a pedestrian entrance to Golden Gate Park. The changes would require removal of just two auto and three motorcycle parking spaces, on the park side of the street at 6th Avenue.

These changes are being proposed in coordination with the SFMTA’s Fulton Street Safety Project.

Fulton Improvement Project 7th Ave to Arguello

From 7th to Arguello

  • 3 Transit bulbs would be built on:  
    • Outbound (westbound) at Arguello
    • Inbound (eastbound) at 6th Avenue
    • Outbound at 6th Avenue
  • 1 Pedestrian bulb on:
    • Inbound at 6th Ave 
  • Remove 2 Parking Spaces on:
    • Inbound 7th Ave
  • Remove 3 Motorcycle spaces on:
    • Inbound 6th Ave
  • Relocate 2 ADA parking Spaces on:
    • Inbound 6th Ave


Fulton Improvement Project 14th Ave to 8th Ave

From 14th Avenue to 8th Avenue

  • 3 Transit bulbs would be built on:  
    • Outbound (westbound) at 8th and 10th
    • Inbound (eastbound) at 10th Avenue

14th Avenue, Park Presidio, and Funston were legislated and approved by SFMTA Board in 2017

  • Remove 4 Parking Spaces on:
    • Inbound Funston 
  • Relocate 2 ADA parking Spaces on:
    • Inbound 14th Ave, Funston 
  • Relocate Bus Stop 
    • Inbound Park Presidio to far side Funston 

Previous Improvements to the 5 and 5R

This project is the final phase of a larger, long-term project to make major improvements to Routes 5 and 5R. Over the past decade we have made a series of improvements to both routes, including:

  • 2009: Evening service on the 5 is extended from McAllister and Jones streets to the Transbay Terminal.
  • 2011: McAllister is converted from a one-way to a two-way street between Hyde and Market streets, eliminating a detour that added an average of three minutes per trip.
  • 2013: 5 Fulton Limited (later Rapid) service is launched, reducing travel times by up to seven minutes per trip and reducing collision rates on Fulton between Masonic Avenue and Shrader Street.
  • 2015: Frequency is improved to reduce crowding.
  • 2016: Larger buses are introduced on the 5R, further reducing crowding.
  • 2017-2018: A series of improvements is made between McAllister and Larkin streets and Fulton and Cole streets, including bulbs at Rapid stops, new traffic signals, and traffic circles in place of stop signs


Safety Improvements Completed

La Playa to 31st Avenue

Map showing location of daylighting and painted safety zones

  • Daylighting was improved or lengthened at 12 intersections:
    • La Playa, 47th, 46th, 44th, 42nd, 40th, 39th, 38th, 37th, 36th, 34th and 32nd Avenues
  • Painted safety zones were installed at five locations:
    • The northeast corners of 46th, 43rd, 40th, and 37th Avenues
    • On the south side of the 39th Avenue intersection

30th to 14th Avenue

  • Diagram of Fulton Street between 30th Avenue and Park Presidio showing proposed improvements.Daylighting was improved or lengthened at 12 intersections:
    • 30th, 28th, 26th, 25th, 24th, 22nd, 21st, 20th, 19th, 18th, 17th and 16th Avenues
  • Painted safety zones were installed at five locations:
    • The northeast corners of 26th, 25th, 24th, 22nd, and 18th Avenues
  • Improved pathway access at 22nd Avenue into Golden Gate Park

Park Presidio to Stanyan

  • Diagram of proposed improvements on Fulton Street between Stanyan and Park PresidioDaylighting was improved or lengthened at 10 intersections:
    • Funston, 12th, 11th, 10th, 8th, 7th, 5th, 4th and 2nd Avenues and Willard North
  • Painted safety zones were installed at four locations:
    • The northeast corners of 10th, 8th, and 4th Avenues
  • Bike connection improvements to Golden Gate Park were made at 10th Avenue
  • Updated walking speed for Fulton and Stanyan signal
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Contact Information
Shalon Rogers