Geary Bus Rapid Transit
The Geary Bus Rapid Transit project is designed to deliver bus rapid transit features to the San Francisco Municipal Railway's 38 Geary line. The scheme plans to add red transit-only lanes to several sections of Geary Boulevard, as well as consolidate some stops in a center-lane running configuration.
The project is split into phases. The first, dubbed Geary Rapid, encompasses the route from Market Street (where priority travel lanes were present previously) to Stanyan Street. The second phase, the Geary Boulevard Improvements Project, will see improvements to the rest of the line.
Previous use as a streetcar corridor
In the early 1900s, the Geary Boulevard corridor was served by streetcar routes such as the A Geary-10th Avenue, B Geary, and C Geary-California lines. These streetcar lines were all eliminated by the 1950s as automobile transportation became more commonplace in San Francisco. Subsequently, replacement rail service on Geary was proposed multiple times, such as in the original plans for the Bay Area Rapid Transit system.
Geary corridor planning
In 1989, the city of San Francisco approved Proposition B, a ballot measure that approved a half-cent sales tax for transportation. The expenditure plan that was included in the proposition prioritized the planning and implementation of transit expansion along four transit corridors including Geary Boulevard. Subsequently, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) conducted a study, titled the Four Corridor Plan, to determine the details of the transportation improvements along the corridors included in the Proposition B plan. The study called for a subway-surface rail line along Geary.
Refocused to bus rapid transit
With the Proposition B tax expiring in 2010, the voters of San Francisco approved Proposition K in 2003 that extended the tax and established a new expenditure plan. The new plan funded the Geary Bus Rapid Transit project and mandated the implementation of a bus rapid transit network. Proposition K mandates that Geary BRT be built to "rail-ready standards" to accommodate a planned future conversion to light rail.
Subsequently, in 2007 the SFCTA published a feasibility report for the project. Starting in 2008, the SFCTA started an environmental impact review process. In 2017, the SFCTA approved the final environmental impact report for the project after thirteen years of studying the feasibility and impacts for the proposed bus infrastructure. With that milestone, the project was handed off to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency for design and implementation.
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- San Francisco County Transportation Authority (June 2007). "Geary Corridor Bus Rapid Transit Study, Feasibility Study Final Report" (PDF). Retrieved May 8, 2018.