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Geary Boulevard Improvement Project

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Project Introduction
UPDATE: At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SFMTA paused work on the Geary Boulevard Improvement Project to pursue temporary emergency transit lanes, located in the curbside travel lane next to the parking lane. Evaluation of the side-running emergency transit lanes indicates that they have improved transit performance with minimal impacts to car traffic on Geary Boulevard or parallel streets. Additionally, a majority of survey respondents indicated they preferred to maintain the emergency transit lanes permanently. Based on the positive evaluation results and in response to evolving conditions, the SFMTA is now considering pursuing side-running transit lanes instead of center-running transit lanes in the Geary Boulevard Improvement Project limits, pending outreach and approvals. The SFMTA plans to seek input on this change as a part of outreach activities anticipated later this year.

To meet rising transportation demands on Geary Boulevard, SFMTA has been working to improve Geary bus service with popular initiatives like new low-floor buses and more frequent Rapid service. Yet over 56,000 daily customers who rely on the 38 Geary and 38R Geary Rapid still experience crowded buses and uneven wait times. And safety improvements are needed for people walking on this high-injury corridor. While transit and safety improvements are already underway as part of the Geary Rapid Project between Market and Stanyan streets, the Geary Boulevard Improvement Project aims to address these problems in the Richmond District from Stanyan Street to 34th Avenue.

The Geary Boulevard Improvement Project's federal environmental review was completed with the Final Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision issued on June 15, 2018. The project is currently in its design phase. Using the base design that was decided after extensive public input during the project’s environmental review, such as the location of dedicated bus-only lanes, project staff is now adding details to the base design and will be seeking community feedback as it develops.

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Cost Estimate
$235,344,000
Current Phase or Stage
Design
Predicted Completion
See "Project Timeline" below
Project Status
Planning
Detailed Design
Improvements
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Extension of dedicated bus-only lanes between Stanyan and 34th Avenue, including center-running lanes from Stanyan to 27th/28th Avenue
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Traffic signal optimization that improves traffic flow and gives buses the green light as they approach an intersection
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Upgraded stations with new amenities
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Highly visible crosswalks, sidewalk extensions at intersections to shorten crossing distances
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Median refuges that protect people who are walking that may not be able to cross Geary in one traffic signal phase
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New lighting, landscaping, and trees to improve the look and feel of the street

Project Timeline

The project schedule is pending securing full funding and resuming work following installation of the Geary Temporary Emergency Transit Lanes, but would include:

  • 2-3 additional years to complete design
  • 2-3 years for construction

Project Location

The Geary Boulevard Improvement Project would bring long-term transportation improvements between 34th Avenue and Stanyan Street. Construction of the Geary Rapid Project is also underway to bring near-term improvements east of Stanyan to Market Street.

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Contact Information
Geary Boulevard Improvement Project
415.646.2300
Liz Brisson, Project Manager
415.646.2358