In a long-overdue step, SFMTA is now painting bus and streetcar lanes red to make it obvious that they are transit only. Last year’s project to paint the lanes on Church Street was a big success, so SFMTA is now extending the red lanes citywide.
SFMTA has a series of proposed transit and streetscape changes for the important Ninth and Irving intersection, where thousands of riders board and alight daily for the N-Judah, and the 44-O’Shaughnessy also passes by. We urge all transit riders to review and comment! In general the proposals are very good, improving travel time and pedestrian safety.
We do recommend the option to include cycle tracks as bicycling on Muni trackways is dangerous.
This Sunday, Muni’s all door boarding policy officially starts. Muni will have more inspectors to check for those who don’t pay, increasing from 42 to 52 officers. With 30% of Muni’s time spent boarding passengers, boarding through any door on buses could save the agency as much as $76m per year by speeding up average service by 1mph.
That was fast! On August 4 (Thursday), SFMTA is reconfiguring McAllister and Seventh Street North to two-way, in order to make the inbound 5-Fulton more direct, removing the current detour via Hyde Street. Assuming overhead wire testing is successful, the new, faster route for the 5 will begin after overhead wire testing is completed. This is an easy fix that we have recommended for a while, and that was endorsed by the SF Transit Effectiveness Project.