SPUR Talk: Update on Geary Corridor Bus Rapid Transit

by Roger Rudick : sf.streetsblog – excerpt

cta-580x423The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (CTA), along with SFMTA, is completing its final environmental review for “Bus Rapid Transit” and other street improvements on Geary. Last week, the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) held an update/discussion about this busy corridor.

As many Streetsblog readers already know, the planned improvements are primarily in response to the overcrowding on the 38 bus, which runs the length of Geary to downtown San Francisco. “At 52,000 daily riders, it’s pretty crammed,” said Colin Dental-Post, Transportation Planner with CTA. “They’re stuck in traffic, so adding additional buses doesn’t necessarily work out…buses are so frequent they just bunch up…which results in further delays.”…

Construction is slated to begin some improvements as early as next year, start major construction in 2019, and take about two years to complete…(more)

Geary BRT reached an important milestone on October 2, 2015, with the release of the project’s draft environmental document. The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), in partnership with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) describing an analysis of the expected project benefits and impacts for four design alternatives, including one that has been identified as the staff-recommended alternative (SRA). To access the Draft EIS/EIR please visit the Draft EIS/EIR download page.  MUNI BRT sales pitch

Why does Muni Silence the Community? SFCTA denied the public (the right to speak) because their plan does not hold up to public scrutiny. Many public statements are online here:
and here: SaveGearyBlvd

The Small Business Owners oppose the Geary BRT
The SF Small Business Commission passed a resolution at its Jan. 29 meeting calling for an economic impact study to be conducted as part of the Geary Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) planning process…
Geary area merchants and many residents fear the construction and elimination of vehicle lanes on Geary will choke the neighborhood. The coalition resolution complained that the current San Francisco Transportation Authority plan for the Geary project states it will not include an economic assessment “at this stage.” That will be considered at a later time in the Environmental Impact Report, the plan says… (more)