Geary Boulevard Improvement Project
Thank you to everyone who visited our online open house or provided feedback on the draft design elements. This community input is helping to inform the detailed project proposal, which will be shared in winter 2021-22. Learn about what we heard during the first round of outreach and see the survey results.
Have questions or have a group you would like us to present to? Contact us at ImproveGeary@SFMTA.com or 415.646.2300.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has been working to implement the Geary Bus Rapid Transit project to improve transit and safety since the completion of the project’s environmental phase in 2018. The first phase of work, called the Geary Rapid Project, began implementation in late 2018 and was completed on schedule and on budget in fall 2021. The second phase of work, called the Geary Boulevard Improvement Project, was in the detailed design phase, but was paused during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to deliver the 38 Geary Temporary Emergency Transit Lanes project, installed in winter 2020-21. Both the Geary Rapid and Temporary Emergency Transit Lanes projects installed “side-running” transit lanes on the right-hand side of the street, adjacent to parking.
The Geary Boulevard Improvement Project originally envisioned “center-running” transit lanes in the middle of the street between Arguello and 28th Avenue. Evaluation of the side-running transit lanes on Geary indicate that they have improved bus performance with minimal impacts to car traffic. Because of these positive evaluation results and in response to evolving conditions, the SFMTA is now recommending side-running transit lanes instead of center-running transit lanes in the Geary Boulevard Improvement Project limits.
The project schedule will be finalized after project approvals anticipated in mid-2022, but is expected to include:
Quick-Build installation of additional transit lanes, bus stop changes, and safety improvements in 2022
~2 years to complete detailed design
~2 years of construction, depending on scope of potential coordinated work sponsored by other city agencies (e.g. sewer, water or paving)
Geary Boulevard between 34th Avenue and Stanyan Street.