SFMTA’s 5 Fulton bus, an essential bus service that carries 19,000 riders per day, has seen some significant modifications and a new Limited service starting October 28 as part of a pilot study for the systemwide Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP). The plan goals are to decrease crowding, improve service reliability and transit and pedestrian safety. There are many elements to the revisions, including: eliminating and relocating stops to improve on time performance, increasing bus stop size for safety, and eliminating travel lanes in areas with high collision rates (Fulton from Baker to Stanyan). There is an expected 17% time savings from 6th Avenue to Market which would make the trip for us all more appealing.
NOPA residents see the Divisadero Street stops moved across the street on both sides with dedicated right turn lanes to improve traffic flow, Broderick, Baker, and Central stops removed and one created at Lyon (equidistant from Divisadero and Masonic), peak period parking restrictions on the east side of Central along with the relocation of the stops at the corner, and eastbound Masonic stop will move across from Luckys and have a dedicated right turn lane. Fulton Street has changed from parallel parking to 90 degree parking from Baker to Stanyan in order to increase the travel lane width for safety and reduce the impact from the loss of parking on Central.
An entirely new 5L limited service would make fewer stops and run 7AM-7PM M-F with stops only at Divisadero and Masonic in NOPA. The pilot program would incorporate motor buses along the line to permit passing by the 5L but the final plan when implemented will be restored to all electric buses. Whereas the 5L will terminate at the La Playa stop near Ocean Beach, the local stop 5 Fulton will now be a short line, terminating at 6th Ave.
Planners are working with communities to make sure the concerns are addressed and the improvements are noticeable. There have been three meetings held: in the Richmond, Western Addition, and Civic Center, and the MTA has also attended and presented their plan at the NOPNA general meeting in July.
Details can be found https://www.sfmta.com/projects-planning/projects/tep-5-fulton-travel-time-reduction-proposal/detail and detailed presentation slides from the 8/7 and 8/27 meetings will be available on the NOPNA website. Please note that this is a 12 month pilot program that will be reviewed and a finalized route is scheduled for 2015. Muni is actively seeking feedback on all of the 5/5L changes and can be called in to 311 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. There has been much buzz regarding the changes with many compliments and some concerns by riders and residents. NOPNA is actively evaluating the topic and receiving input in order to put forward a survey that can help draft a letter addressing NoPa’s needs, concerns, and ideas.
Changes are also planned in the TEP document for other routes: N Judah, J Church, 8X Bayshore, 28 19th Avenue, 71 Haight, 9 San Bruno, 30 Stockton, and the 14 Mission lines. The Van Ness and Geary Bus Rapid Transit lines are not part of the TEP but in progress.
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