In addition to new commuter shuttle stop zones at Dolores Street between 18th and 19th streets and at 16th and Sanchez streets, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is proposing to remove two current stops along Valencia Street, one at 24th Street and one at 25th Street, and replacing them with stops at 26th Street.
This proposal comes as part of an ongoing effort to meet modification requirements to the city’s Commuter Shuttle Bus Program, under which the Transit Agency must identify new locations for shuttles zones throughout the city. The program requires that existing shuttle zones be moved off of small, neighborhood streets and onto larger thoroughfares to decrease traffic conflicts and appease residents who have voiced concerns about pedestrian safety and traffic issues caused by the 35-foot-long buses.
If the transit agency’s board approves the change on April 19, the new shuttle zones would span 95 feet north from 26th Street along Valencia Street’s eastern side, and south from 26th Street by about 80 to 156 feet on the western side. The proposed zones would restrict five parking spaces on the east side of Valencia Street and three spaces on the west side of Valencia Street during commuter hours on weekdays.
The shuttles would also be permitted to operate in the southbound Muni bus stop at Valencia and 26th streets, but would not impinge on the Salvation Army’s passenger loading zone, located at 26th Street near San Jose Avenue.
A public hearing to introduce these changes and give residents a chance to weigh in on the shuttle zone relocations will be held this Friday, April 15, at 10 a.m. in room 416 at City Hall.
“We see a lot of congestion at existing zones and have issues with buses pulling in. The new zones on 26th Street will accommodate multiple buses at once,” said Kevin Shue, an engineer with the Transit Agency.
On weekdays, hundreds of shuttle buses transport employees of tech giants such as Google and Facebook back and forth between their homes in San Francisco and jobs in Silicon Valley.
At a recent event promoting walking in San Francisco, District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener said that the Transit Agency “has a difficult task of routing the shuttles in a way that makes sense and is safe.”
One goal is to disperse the routes to avoid congestion, said Wiener. “People in this area need the shuttles; they rely on them to get to work, so we have to integrate them in a safe way.”
For more information about Friday’s public hearing on the proposed shuttle zones, contact Alexander Jonlin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-646-2349.