Van Ness BRT

image018Supervisors to contact :
District 5 : D-2 Mark Farrell, or one of the following neighborhood groups Cow Hollow Association,
D-3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin or one of the following neighborhood groups: Russian Hill Neighbors, Middle Polk Neighborhood Association, Lower Polk Neighbors.

SFMTA Construction Project Likely To Make A Mess On Van Ness

video clip from CBS SF and MSN: Susie Steimle reports on drivers complaining about changes to Van Ness for major SFMTA construction project (11-14-2016)

Muni Construction Project Snarls Stretches Of Van Ness

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — One of the most traveled streets in San Francisco and the Bay Area is getting transformed, but the construction project is turning some sections of Van Ness Avenue into parking lots.

The three-year construction project spans from Lombard Street all the way to Mission Street.

The SFMTA has released drawings of what Van Ness Avenue will look like in the future…

Drivers told KPIX 5 it is going to take a lot of getting used to, business owners worry it could shut them down.

“It’s gonna be a big mess, I think,” said one commuter…

This week, Van Ness will temporarily shrink from three lanes to two as the SFMTA continues what’s known as the Van Ness Improvement Project.

When it’s finished in 2019, a rapid Muni bus will run down the middle of the road. More trees will be planted and left turns will remain nearly eliminated.


2 thoughts on “Van Ness BRT”

  1. We have recently witnessed the major disruptions that ensued when parts of 280 were closed for short periods of time during holiday weekends, and we are not convinced SFMTA is prepared to deal with the traffic problems permanent changes of this magnitude will bring to Van Ness Avenue and nearby streets.
    As part of the test on Van Ness Avenue we support the implementation of Bus-only BRT, right-turn-only lanes on the curb side during PEAK commute hours only, since the heaviest traffic for San Francisco residents occurs from downtown to California Street in the evening, and from California to downtown in the morning, the initial “bus only lane” can initially be tried utilizing only this area.
    Open all traffic to all the lanes during non-commute hours. Make no other changes during this test period.
    Creation of a commuter parking lot near the Golden Gate Bridge with downtown shuttles would take a lot of cars off the streets and we support this as part of the test as well.
    All the above would save most of the stated time, encourage people to take the bus, COST MUCH LESS AND BE LESS DISRUPTIVE, and would be more flexible to adapt to changing circumstances.

  2. Reader Comment:
    The BRT is refiguring Van Ness at the price of simply sending the same level of traffic and parking over to other streets in San Francisco. Unless the SFMTA blocks right turns onto parallel streets from Lombard during peak commute hours, placing road bumps in the “replacement” streets, enforcing (already existing and never enforced) bans on heavy trucks using certain streets by photo enforcement, and other similar type measures, the number of cars will remain the same but simply will be overwhelming other streets.
    Yours truly, Michelle

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