Muni Forward makes getting around San Francisco faster, more reliable and safer. We’re expanding the Muni Rapid network, making new connections and giving Muni customers priority on congested streets.
Muni Forward improvements are bringing sustainable, transformative change to San Francisco’s public transit system. The SFMTA has built more than 40 miles of reliability improvements to keep Muni moving—with upgrades like red transit lanes, bus bulbs for faster boarding and traffic signals that stay green for transit.
A Rapid Network of core routes prioritizes reliability and frequency on San Francisco’s most heavily used routes. We’ve also increased service across the system, adding more frequency where it’s needed most and making new connections.
Ridership has grown where we’re making improvements – that means fewer cars on the road and a greener city. Overall ridership on Muni Rapid bus lines increased by 23% from 2015 to 2019, even as transit ridership has decreased across the country.
Muni Forward improvements take a systemwide approach, informed by ridership data, customer feedback and the Muni Service Equity Strategy. This groundbreaking strategy delivers transit improvements to neighborhoods with high percentages of households with low incomes and people of color and lower vehicle rates, as well as on lines with higher rates of seniors and people with disabilities.
Muni Forward is also an essential component of the city’s Vision Zero Strategy, the City's commitment to eliminate traffic fatalities. Making needed safety improvements for people walking, including Muni passengers, is a vital part of improving the system as a whole. More transit riders also means fewer vehicles on the road, which helps make streets safer for people walking.
To improve the customer experience, Muni Forward is also delivering technology and infrastructure improvements, making the system smarter, faster and more reliable. This includes new and improved signage at every Muni bus and train stop, a new Muni map, expanded real-time information at stops and smarter management of our service.
Recently completed transit priority projects include:
3rd Street Transit and Safety Project (30 Stockton, 45 Union Stockton, 8 Bayshore)
4th Street Transit Improvement Project (30 Stockton, 45 Union Stockton, 8 Bayshore)
San Bruno Avenue Multimodal Improvement Project (8 Bayshore, 9 San Bruno and 9R San Bruno Rapid)
Laurel Village Improvement Project (1 California)
Chestnut Street Muni Forward improvements (30 Stockton)
Geary Boulevard quick-build improvements in advance of the full Geary Rapid Project, now under construction (38 Geary and 38R Geary Rapid)
New NextBus signs on the N Judah, 8 Bayshore and 14 Mission
In February 2020, the SFMTA Board approved the Transit Priority Quick-Build Program, which will help the SFMTA deliver Muni Forward transit priority improvements even faster.
A full map of Muni Forward transit priority improvements is available. Stay tuned for more improvements coming to a Muni line near you soon!
Muni Forward improvements are grounded in the Transit Effectiveness Project, the first major evaluation of the Muni system since the 1980s, approved by the SFMTA Board of Directors in 2014. Major financial support for Muni Forward reliability improvements is provided by the 2014 General Obligation Bond (Proposition A), approved by 72% of San Francisco voters, as well as a range of local, state and federal funding sources.