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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. However, prior studies conducted in this area – such as the Richmond District Strategy and Golden Gate Park Edges Study – have found that Fulton Street fails to provide a comfortable and safe experience for people walking and biking, and segments of Fulton are located on San Francisco High Injury Network. The Fulton Street Safety Project aims to improve safety and accessibility between Golden Gate Park and the Richmond District across Fulton Street.

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


Safety

Segments of Fulton Street within the project area are located on San Francisco's High Injury Network, including the segments from 6th Avenue to 11th Avenue and from 17th Avenue to 29th Avenue. Between January 2014 and June 2019:

  • 230 injury collisions were reported on Fulton Street between Stanyan and La Playa, including 54 collisions involving a bicyclist or pedestrian
  • 17 collisions resulted in severe injuries, including one fatal collision
  • Intersections with most collisions: Arguello Boulevard, Park Presidio Boulevard, and 8th Avenue

Existing Conditions

  • 33% of Fulton intersections do not have traffic signals or stop signs per the Golden Gate Park Edges Study
  • Fulton is served by frequent Muni service via the 5 Fulton and 5R Fulton Rapid routes
  • East-west bike travel is primarily concentrated on Cabrillo Street to the north and John F. Kennedy Drive within Golden Gate Park
  • Multiple north-south bike routes including Arguello Boulevard, 8th and 34th Avenues traverse Fulton Street

Community Outreach  

The SFMTA will conduct outreach to support the development of project concepts, as well as to collect feedback on the proposed project. Please join us during the fall and winter of 2019 as we work to identify improvements to safety and comfort of Fulton Street in the Richmond District.

  • In Fall 2019, over 1000 Fulton residents and neighbors participated in an online, multi-lingual survey. Thank you to everyone who participated! The survey results will inform the development of project proposals.
  • In Winter 2019/20, the SFMTA will conduct a community open house to share the proposed project and collect community feedback to help refine the final project recommendations.
Project Timeline 
Fall 2019
Outreach & Planning
Pending
Winter 2019/20
Community Feedback
Pending
Spring 2020
Project Recommendations
Pending
Project Status
Planning

Transit Proposed Improvements - Inner Richmond

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, which is currently conducting community outreach to solicit additional ideas for improving pedestrian safety in the corridor.

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.
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