Yesterday, the 14-Mission, 14L-Mission and 49-Mission/Van Ness Muni buses resumed their traditional route along Mission Street after being rerouted to South Van Ness Avenue for the past six months.
The reactions to the return varied: Some commuters expressed relief, while others preferred the temporary reroute as a faster alternative to congested Mission Street.
Mission resident Javier Pizana uses the 14-Mission daily to get to Market Street, where he works as a cook. “I actually went to the stop on Van Ness first and then I realized that no one was there. Then I saw the sign that said the 14 is back on Mission,” said Pizana. “I prefer the route on Van Ness, though; we were flying by on the old route. Mission Street is way too busy.”
SoMa resident Kelly Hain, 33, echoed Pizana’s preference for the temporary route. “I have a lot of friends here in the Mission, so I tend to use the 14 a lot. I feel like I used to get here quicker than I did today,” said Hain as she got off at the Mission and 24th Street stop.
“I really don’t care which street the bus goes on,” said Cody Shadrick as he waited for a southbound bus. “I don’t care as long as the buses are frequent and clean. But the street here looks nice,” said Shadrick, pointing to a freshly paved Mission Street.
Selena Torres, 37, has bartended in the Mission for three years and has taken the 14-Mission bus primarily in the evenings. “The day is finally here that I can get on the bus right from BART,” said Torres. “I don’t think the route on South Van Ness is really faster, especially if you consider the few minutes it takes to walk there.”
Torres’ also had concerns about the Van Ness route’s safety. “Some parts of Van Ness can be dark and a lot of the times there aren’t a lot of people on the street, which makes it dangerous. Mission Street is always busy, so it feels a lot safer, especially for women.”
The bus route was shifted in March of this year when workers from the Department of Public Works began renovating Mission Street, repaving it between 16th Street and Cesar Chavez and repairing below-street infrastructure.
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency wants to hear from customers about their experiences with the South Van Ness Avenue route, to assess if any improvements can be made along Mission Street. Take the survey here.