Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit

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The Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit project is designed to bring rapid transit services to the thoroughfare from Mission Street to Lombard Street.[1] Dedicated bus lanes for the 47 Van Ness bus, 49 Van Ness–Mission trolleybus, and Golden Gate Transit are to be constructed along the median with 6-inch (152 mm) side platforms for boarding and alighting passengers away from the curb.[2] Additionally, underground water and sewer replacement and landscaping will take place on Van Ness Avenue.

Van Ness BRT
47, 49, GGT
Union
Vallejo
Jackson
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California Street
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Geary/O'Farrell
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47, 49

History[edit]

Van Ness had previously hosted trolley service in the form of the H Potrero streetcar line starting in 1915. The trolley poles used for that service were deemed too deteriorated to be retrofitted for modern use.[3]

Construction began in 2016 with an expected completion date of 2019.[4]

Controversy[edit]

There has been much community backlash pertaining to the change in traffic patterns and loss of parking along the corridor.[1] Concerns that trees would be removed were met with plans to plant more trees on the route.[3]

The use of low platforms with a high-floor buses has been criticized as bus rapid transit creep.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tyler, Carolyn (18 November 2014). "CONCERNS RAISED OVER BRT LANES ON SAN FRANCISCO'S VAN NESS AVENUE". ABC. KGO-TV. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Cabanatuan, Michael (July 15, 2014). "Muni opposition hinders bus rapid transit". Hearst Communications. San Francisco Gate. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Rodriguez, Joe Fitzgerald (January 15, 2016). "Trees, historic trolley poles to be removed for bus project". The San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  4. ^ SFMTA. "Van Ness Improvement Project Details". Retrieved 3 February 2017. 

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