VIDEO: 1 California Temporary Emergency Transit Lanes Community Meeting, February 17, 2021
The 1 California serves the Chinatown neighborhood–one of San Francisco's neighborhoods with high percentages of people of color and low-income households. In addition, 65% of Chinatown and Nob Hill households do not own a car, more than twice as many as the citywide average of 31% with no car.
Installing temporary emergency transit lanes on segments of the California corridor will help keep the 1 California moving, reducing crowding and travel times for people who still depend on transit to get around the city. When buses aren’t competing with traffic, they can complete routes more quickly, providing more frequent service and greater capacity with the same number of buses. This is especially important at a time when buses can only carry a third of the passengers as before the health crisis while the SFMTA is facing a major revenue shortfall.