The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is hosting a workshop tonight at the Women’s Building to get residents’ input on proposed travel time reduction measures for the 14-Mission and 22-Fillmore buses.
The 14-Mission is the city’s third-busiest Muni line. It is also one of the slowest, with the average speed topping out at 6 miles per hour.
That’s because the bus has about 50 stops each way on its 7.5-mile journey, which translates to a stop every block or two, according to SFMTA. It’s also constantly delayed by double-parked cars and cars turning right. The bus doesn’t even fit the lane — a lane on Mission between Duboce and Cesar Chavez is 9 feet wide, while the bus is 10.5 feet wide, including the mirror.
SFMTA understands that slow and unreliable service leads to unhappy riders, which is why it is developing a series of proposals to speed up Muni, said Julie Kirschbaum, a service planning manager with the agency.
SFMTA has identified eight heavily used lines that it wants to free up from traffic, including the 14-Mission and the 22-Fillmore. To accomplish that they are considering steps like reconfiguring the road, designating a lane for right turns at key intersections, and eliminating some bus stops.
Some changes will be implemented citywide, like removing some bus stops and allowing all-door boarding, but others are specific to the heavily used Muni lines.
Mission Loc@l has obtained a list of the proposals to be considered at tonight’s workshop.
Road reconfigurations from Duboce Avenue to Randall Street.
Option one: Create wider travel lanes through peak-hour tow-away.
Option two: create transit-only lanes through parking removal.
Option three: Create transit-only lanes through lane reduction.
Create right-turn pockets at 26 Mission Street intersections, from 14th to Italy streets.
Implement left-turn restrictions (extend hours to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) northbound and southbound lanes at 13 intersections on Mission street, from 14th to Cesar Chavez (except 16th Street).
Convert four-way stop intersections into two-way stops at: Remove transit stops at:
Mission and 15th streets
Mission and 19th streets
Mission and 21st streets
Mission Street and Precita Avenue
Mission and 29th streets
Add new bus bulbs at Mission and 16th streets.
Remove bus bulbs at Mission and 22nd.
Create center-running transit-only lanes through lane conversions (from 3rd to Bryant streets).
Create peak-period curbside transit-only lanes through lane conversion and parking removal (from Bryant to Church streets).
Remove bus stops in the Mission.
The meeting will be held at the Women’s Building, 3543 18th St., starting at 6 p.m.
Correction: a previous article incorrectly stated that some intersections would be converted from four way stop intersections into two way stops. Actually those intersections will remain signaled, the SFMTA’s proposal calls for the removal of transit stops at those intersections.