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West Portal Station Safety and Community Space Improvements - Original Proposals

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Map shows proposed changes for the West Portal Area. West Portal Avenue's center lanes, in both directions, would be for transit and commercial vehicles only between Ulloa and Vicente. On Ulloa, the center lane eastbound would be transit and commercial vehicles only betweeen Wawona and West Portal. Betwen West Portal and Claremont, all west bound traffic would be limited to transit and commercial vehicles. Turns to westbound Ulloa would be eliminated at Ulloa and Claremont. Lenox Way would become one-way in the southbound direction.

As part of the West Portal Station Safety and Community Improvements Project, these proposals use tools proven to improve traffic safety. These include: 

Physically protect the bus stop on the north side of Ulloa at Lenox, such as with bollards.  

Improve intersection safety by clearly defining pedestrian, vehicle, and transit movements at the West Portal Avenue and Ulloa Street intersection. The proposals would reduce conflicts between private vehicles, people walking and transit vehicles, and limit cut-through traffic by: 

  • Allowing only right turns for drivers heading east on Ulloa Street at West Portal Avenue 

  • Allowing only right turns for drivers heading north on West Portal Avenue at Ulloa Street 

  • Restricting westbound traffic on Ulloa Street at West Portal Avenue to transit and commercial vehicles 

Adding transit lanes to clarify lanes available to private vehicles given new turn restrictions. With the new turn restrictions at West Portal Avenue and Ulloa Street, fewer lanes would be needed for private vehicle travel. We would convert the center lanes on West Portal Avenue between Ulloa and Vicente streets to transit lanes in both directions. On Ulloa Street, the westbound lane would be converted to a transit lane between Claremont Boulevard and Lenox Way, and the center eastbound lane between Wawona Street and West Portal Boulevard would become a transit lane. Private and commercial vehicles could still use the right lanes on West Portal Avenue.  These changes could also deter double-parking. 

Converting Lenox Way to one-way southbound and narrowing the intersection to only right turns for drivers at Ulloa Street. This change would reduce the risks from two left turns through the busy crosswalk across Lenox Way directly outside the West Portal Branch Library. By converting Lenox Way to one-way southbound traffic, drivers on Ulloa Street could no longer turn onto Lenox Way. Additionally, while the left turn is already illegal for southbound drivers on Lenox Way at Ulloa Street, new soft-hit posts would narrow the intersection and make it significantly harder for drivers to turn left. Drop-offs at West Portal Elementary would be preserved by allowing for dropoffs on the east side of Lenox Way for families driving southbound.  

Providing more dedicated, and protected, pedestrian space directly outside West Portal Station. At the entrance to West Portal Station, street space currently used by SFMTA operations vehicles would be converted to pedestrian and community space. This space could potentially allow for community-supporting murals, seating, planters, bike share stations or other priorities to support the commercial corridor and neighborhood at large.  

Street with some space reserved for pedestrians defined by bollards on the outside and a painted mural and planters holding trees and other plants.

Examples of materials that could be used to mark pedestrian-only space such as street murals, planters and bollards. 

Modifying the 57 Parkmerced bus’s route and one stop location.

The 57 Parkmerced’s last inbound and first outbound stop is currently at the southwest corner of Ulloa Street and West Portal Avenue. This stop and layover space would move across the intersection on Ulloa Street just east of West Portal Avenue.    The route would change for one block as well. New outbound trips would begin by serving its new stop on Ulloa between Claremont Boulevard and West Portal Avenue before turning right onto Claremont Boulevard, turning right onto Portola Drive, turning right onto Vicente Street, and turning left back onto its existing route on West Portal Avenue.

The 57 Parkmerced’s last inbound and first outbound stop is currently at the southwest corner of Ulloa Street and West Portal Avenue. This stop and layover space would move across the intersection on Ulloa Street just east of West Portal Avenue.  

The route would change for one block as well. New outbound trips would begin by serving its new stop on Ulloa between Claremont Boulevard and West Portal Avenue before turning right onto Claremont Boulevard, turning right onto Portola Drive, turning right onto Vicente Street, and turning left back onto its existing route on West Portal Avenue. 

Modifying the 91 Owl bus’s route and one stop location.

Currently, the 91 Owl serves its final stop directly outside West Portal Station before its layover period there. Since that stop location would be converted to community space, the layover location and the last inbound and first outbound stop would move to the stop used by the 48 Quintara-24th Street at West Portal Avenue and Ulloa Street.    Additionally, the 91 Owl would no longer turn around directly in front of West Portal Station. New outbound trips would begin by serving its new stop at West Portal Avenue and Ulloa Street before turning right onto Claremont Boulevard, turning right onto Portola Drive, turning right onto Vicente Street, and turning left back onto its existing route on West Portal Avenue.  

Currently, the 91 Owl serves its final stop directly outside West Portal Station before its layover period there. Since that stop location would be converted to community space, the layover location and the last inbound and first outbound stop would move to the stop used by the 48 Quintara-24th Street at West Portal Avenue and Ulloa Street.  

Additionally, the 91 Owl would no longer turn around directly in front of West Portal Station. New outbound trips would begin by serving its new stop at West Portal Avenue and Ulloa Street before turning right onto Claremont Boulevard, turning right onto Portola Drive, turning right onto Vicente Street, and turning left back onto its existing route on West Portal Avenue. 

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Accessible version of Geary Boulevard Improvement Project timeline infographic

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Graphic showing construction schedule for the Geary Boulevard Improvement Project. 

  • Outreach began before 2023 and continues throughout the duration of construction. 
  • Quick-build transit and safety treatments by the SFMTA began in Fall 2023 and lasted for a few months. This included bus lanes, bus stop changes, pedestrian safety treatments, and roadway striping changes. 
  • Utility upgrades by the SFMTA are planned to begin in early 2025 and last until mid-2027. This includes water main replacement from 32nd Avenue to Stanyan; sewer main replacement from 31st to 24th and 14th to Stanyan; and fiber optic cable conduits from 25th to Stanyan.
  • Major transit and safety improvements by the SFMTA are planned to begin in late 2026 and last until late 2027. This includes bus bulbs, pedestrian bulbs, upgraded traffic signals, roadway repaving, and community enhancement (treatment TBD)

Potrero Yard Modernization Project Bus Facility Updated Local Business Enterprise (LBE) Plan, March 2024

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The SFMTA and Potrero Neighborhood Collective (PNC) are pleased to announce that the updated Local Business Enterprise (LBE) Plan for the Potrero Yard Bus Yard Infrastructure Facility has been posted. Visit here to view the updated LBE Plan.

The LBE Plan includes the approach to LBE participation for the Bus Yard. It also outlines the expectations that PNC (the Lead Developer) and its Design-Builder will need to adhere to for LBE compliance purposes. The updated LBE Plan for the Bus Yard was developed following feedback received on the draft LBE Plan during the comment period from January 12–29, 2024. Thank you for your input. If you have questions about the LBE Plan, please reach out to SFMTA Contract Compliance Office at PotreroYard@SFMTA.com or PNC LBE Liaisons at PotreroYard@plenaryamericas.com.

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