If you tried to catch a bus along Bernal’s stretch of Mission Street over the weekend, you might have noticed some changes. As part of SFMTA”s effort to speed up bus transit along Mission Street, several stops along Bernal’s Mission corridor have been removed from the 14 & 49 bus lines, and even bigger changes are in store for Mission Street north of Cesar Chavez.
Specificially, the inbound 14 and 49 bus stops at 29th Street, Fair, and Precita Avenue have been removed, and a new stop has been created at Powers Avenue. Outbound, the same removals are in place, but the stop at Mission/Valencia remains unchanged. The stop at 30th Street remains in place for both directions. (Additional details provided below.)
We’re changing the number of travel lanes to widen the street, rolling out a new transit-only lane, and much, much more. Let’s walk through it.
These lanes give Muni its own right-of-way to bypass traffic congestion, reducing delays and improving reliability. Transit-only lanes will be installed on Mission Street traveling southbound between 14th and Cesar Chavez, and both southbound and northbound between Cesar Chavez and 30th.
This allows Muni customers to travel the same distance in less time. Heading toward downtown, stops will be removed on Mission at 29th, Fair, Precita, 23rd, 21st, 19th and 15th, and a new stop will be established at Powers. Towards Daly City, stops will be removed at 15th, 19th, 21st, 23rd, Precita, and 29th.
These reduce delay for through traffic and keep pedestrians safe as they cross the street. Left turn restrictions will be put in place at every intersection on Mission Street between 14th and Cesar Chavez.
Northbound required right turns
Requiring right turns will divert northbound traffic off Mission Street, easing traffic flow along the street and improving local access to Mission Street destinations. Right turns will be required going northbound at 26th, 24th, 22nd, 20th, and 16th. Transit, emergency vehicles, taxis and bicyclists will be exempt from required right turns.
All of these improvements are hitting the street starting this month!
Timing & What’s Happening
This Saturday, February 13, 2016 – Select bus stops removed for the 14 and 49
February 22 – March 7 – Red lanes painted from 30th St to Cesar Chavez
March 7 – early April – Red lanes painted and road re-striped from 14th St to Cesar Chavez
Rolling basis between March and April – Required right turns and left turn restrictions will be implemented block-by-block as the transit-only lanes are striped
- As the SFMTA paint crew moves through the project area, expect the following during construction hours:
- Curbside parking and loading will be temporarily unavailable.
- Muni bus stops may be temporarily re-located to a nearby stop.
- Through auto traffic will be allowed but alternative routes are encouraged.
- Signs prior to construction on each block will be posted for all bus stop changes and parking restrictions.
Here’s the Bernal-relevant detail:
Changes to Inbound 14 & 49 service:
Changes to Outbound 14 & 49 Service: