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Monday, February 11, 2013

SFMTA TEP - Initial Study Public Comment Period

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (the SFMTA), in partnership with the San Francisco Office of the Controller (Controller’s Office), is proposing to implement the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP).  The objectives of the TEP are to improve service reliability, reduce  transit  travel time, improve transit customer experiences, and improve transit service effectiveness and efficiency.  The TEP is comprised of a group of proposals to assure a coordinated and efficient approach to delivering transit improvements.   The SFMTA is the project sponsor for  the TEP.  

Implementation of the TEP would be guided by the proposed Service Policy Framework, which would establish  objectives and actions for implementing  transit service in San Francisco. An Initial Study has now been prepared to provide more detailed information regarding the impacts of the proposed project and to identify the environmental issues to be considered in the Draft EIR. The Initial Study is either attached or is available upon request from  Debra Dwyer,  by phone at (415) 575‐9031, by email at Debra.Dwyer@sfgov.org, or at the  above  address.  The  Initial Study may also be viewed on-line at http://tepeir.sfplanning.org. Referenced materials are available for review at the Planning Department’s office at 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, California. 

The Planning Department is accepting written public comments on the environmental analysis in the IS for the TEP. The Initial Study public comment period is from Thursday, January 24, 2013 through 5:00pm on Friday, February 22, 2013.

Also, there will be a SPUR Forum on the TEP
Tuesday, February 12 at 12:30 p.m.
SPUR Urban Center
654 Mission Street, San Francisco.

To read the whole study, click here.  The TEP encompasses more than just MUNI, so it's worth looking at the whole thing, but below I've pulled out a series of highlights of Proposed MUNI line changes:

K-T Ingleside/Third

• No route changes proposed.

• Change to headway (amount of time between vehicles):
AM: reduce peak-period headway from  9.5min to 8.5min 
PM: reduce peak-period headway 9.5min to 8.5min

• TTRP.K to reduce travel times

8X Bayshore Express

• Segment north of Broadway would be eliminated

• Midday frequency would change from 9 to 8 minutes

8AX Bayshore Express

• In the p.m. peak, the 8AX and 8BX would have separate terminals.  The 8AX would stop on Kearny Street, nearside of  the intersection with Columbus Avenue.   The 8AX would not layover Downtown in the a.m. peak (similar to existing conditions).

8BX Bayshore Express

• In the p.m. peak, the 8AX and 8BX would have separate terminals.  The 8BX would use the 8X midday terminal on Kearny Street between Pacific Avenue and Broadway.

9 San Bruno
• No route changes

9L San Bruno
• No route changes
• TTRP.9 to reduce travel times

10 Sansome (currently 10 Townsend)

• 10 Townsend would be renamed the 10 Sansome, since service would be rerouted off of Townsend Street.

• Service would continue to operate between Jackson and Steiner streets and 24th Street and Potrero Avenue via Potrero Hill, but would be rerouted at Fourth Street south of the Caltrain Station through the Mission Bay neighborhood.   From Fourth Street, the route would extend through Mission Bay to new proposed street segments on Seventh Street between Mission Bay Boulevard and  Irwin Street, on  Irwin Street between Seventh and 16th streets, on 16th Street between  Irwin and Connecticut streets, and on Connecticut Street between 16th and 17th streets.  The southern terminal loop would be modified by extending service on Potrero Avenue, right on Cesar Chavez Street, right on Hampshire Street, and right on 24th Street.

• Proposed eliminated segments would be on Townsend Street between Fourth and Eighth streets, Rhode Island Street between Eighth and 17th streets, and 17th Street between Rhode Island and Connecticut streets.  The segment on Townsend Street between Fourth and Eighth streets would be served by the rerouted 47 Van Ness route and the 83X Mid Market Express between Fourth
and Eighth streets during limited hours.
• Midday frequency would change from 20 to 12 minutes.
• Southern terminal would be located on Hampshire Street adjacent to James Rolph Jr.   Playground and would require a  reduction of up to  nine parking spaces on Hampshire between 26th and Cesar Chavez streets.

19 Polk (alignment change)

• Proposed route would continue to operate between Van Ness Avenue/North Point Street  but service to the south would be cut back to San Francisco General Hospital at 23rd Street and Potrero Avenue.   The  route  segment south of 24th Street would be replaced with the rerouted 48 Quintara.  With this change, passengers would be required to transfer to reach the Civic Center, but would have a  more  direct connection to  Potrero Avenue,  the Mission (including 24th Street BART Station), Noe Valley and the Sunset District.
• Southbound routing to San Francisco General Hospital would be from Rhode Island Street, right on to 23rd Street, left on Utah Street, right on 24th Street, right on Potrero Avenue, and right on 23rd Street.
• New terminal would be located at the existing 10 Townsend terminal on 24th Street at Potrero Avenue.

22 Filmore (alignment change)

• Would be rerouted to continue along 16th Street to Third Street, creating new connections to Mission Bay from the Mission District.
• The proposed route change would add transit to 16th Street between Kansas and  Third streets, Mission Bay Boulevard between Fourth and Third streets, Fourth Street between Gene Friend Way and Mission Bay Boulevard, and along Gene Friend Way.
• Segment along Connecticut and 18th streets would be replaced by rerouted 33 Stanyan.  Service on Kansas and 17th streets would be eliminated, although Kansas Street would continue to be used for short turns and other operational adjustments.
• Midday Frequency Change from 10 to 7.5 minutes.
• New terminal loop would run from Third Street, Mission Bay Boulevard North, Fourth Street, Mission Bay Boulevard South, and Third Street, as presented in the Mission Bay EIR.
• Proposed variants would evaluate motor coach service between Mission Bay and the 16th Street BART Station for initial service phase prior to new overhead wire construction (see OWE.5 for the 22 Fillmore).
- 22 Fillmore Service Variant 1 would include new motor coach service to the Mission Bay terminus from the 16th Street BART Station and a reroute of the 33 Stanyan along the current 22 Fillmore route.  The Mission Bay motor coach service would include a western terminal loop that would make a right on Mission Street, left on 15th Street, left on Valencia Street and back onto 16th Street to Mission Street.  The eastern terminus would utilize the proposed 22 Fillmore terminal loop in Mission Bay.  The 22 Fillmore trolley coach service would conduct a terminal loop by turning right on Kansas Street, right on 17th Street, right on Vermont Street and left on 16th Street.  There is existing overhead wiring at this location.  
- 22 Fillmore Service Variant 2 would have a similar motor coach service between 16th Street BART Station and Mission Bay.  However, instead of rerouting the 33 Stanyan to 18th Street, that segment would be covered by sending every other 22 Fillmore trolley coach to the current terminal at Third and 20th streets and terminating the rest at the existing loop on Kansas, 17thand Vermont streets.

23 Monterey (alignment change)

• Segment on Toland Street, Jerrold Avenue and Phelps Street proposed to be eliminated to provide a more direct path of travel.   Route would operate on Oakdale Avenue, Industrial Way and Palou Avenue.  Transit would be added to Palou Avenue between Barneveld Avenue and Industrial Way, and Barneveld Street between Oakdale and Palou avenues.

24 Divisadero (no changes)

29 Sunset (alignment change)

• Would provide a more direct route on Ocean Avenue to Balboa Park Station (instead of current route on Mission Street and Geneva Avenue).
• Route would extend from  Persia Avenue to Ocean Avenue to Plymouth Avenue.  New street segment on Persia Avenue between Mission Street and Ocean Avenue in association with TTPI.1 Persia Triangle Improvements.
• Service would be eliminated on Mission Street between Persia and Geneva avenues and on Geneva Avenue between Mission Street and Ocean Avenue.
• Two-way service on Gilman Avenue would simplify route to/from Candlestick Park; service on Fitzgerald Street would be discontinued.

44 O'Shaugnessy

• no route changes
• decrease AM & PM headway from 9 minutes to 7.5 and 8 minutes, respectively

48 Quintara (alignment change)

• Service would operate all day from 48th Avenue to the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard; new Route 58 24th Street would provide complementary service between Diamond Street and the 22nd  Street Caltrain Station.
• Would provide more direct routing from Portola Drive to 24th Street via Clipper and Douglass streets; new transit streets would be Clipper Street between Grandview Terrace and Douglass Street, and Douglass Street between Clipper and 24th streets;  drop-off only on-demand  service on  the Hoffman
Loop,  Grandview Terrace, and Fountain Street would be discontinued; service on Douglass Street and Hoffman Avenue would be replaced by the modified Route 35 Eureka.
• At 25th and Connecticut streets, this route would no longer follow the existing Route 48 Quintara alignment and would change to follow the existing 19 Polk route to Hunters Point via Evans and Innes avenues.
• New connection from the Mission District, Noe Valley and the Sunset to Third Street and  Hunters Point would be provided, covering a portion of existing Route 19 Polk on Evans and Innes avenues and Galvez Street.
• The part-time terminal on the Lower Great Highway nearside at Rivera Street would become an all-day terminal.  No additional parking reduction would be required.  The southeastern end of the route would use the existing 19 Polk terminal at the former Navy Yard Gate.

54 Felton (alignment change)

• change peak period headway from 20 minutes to 15 minutes

• Route would be modified in several segments to make service quicker, more direct and less circuitous for passengers.
• Two-way service on Hunters Point hilltop would begin at Third Street and Palou Avenue, run two-way on Hudson Avenue, North Ridge Road, Jerrold Avenue, Kirkwood Street, Kiska Road, Ingalls Street, Van Dyke Avenue, and then continue through Silver Terrace.
• More direct routing on Bacon Street through the reservoir would eliminate the segment on Holyoke and Woolsey streets, and University Street between Bacon and Woolsey streets.
• Routing via Persia, Ocean, and Plymouth avenues would streamline service and improve access to/from CCSF and Balboa Park Station; some eliminated segments between Geneva Avenue and the Balboa Park Station would be picked up by the revised 52 Excelsior.
• The inbound route would travel from BART access road (Daly City BART Station), right on John Daly Boulevard, right on Junipero Serra Boulevard, right on Alemany Boulevard, right on Sagamore Street, left on Plymouth Avenue, right on Ocean Avenue (Balboa Park Station), right on Persia
Avenue, left on Athens Street, right on Avalon Avenue, left on Felton Street, right on University Street, left on Bacon Street, left on Phelps Street, left on Vesta Street, right on Thornton Avenue, right on Bridgeview Drive, right on Topeka Avenue, right on Thornton Avenue, left on Reddy Street, straight on Williams Avenue, straight onto Van Dyke Avenue, left on Ingalls Street, right on Kiska Road, straight on Kirkwood Avenue, left on Earl Street, left on Jerrold Avenue,  and  straight onto Northridge Road, Hudson Avenue, Third Street and Palou Avenue.
• The outbound route would travel from Third Street and Palou Avenue via Palou Avenue, Newhall Street, Third Street,  Hudson Avenue, Northridge Road, Jerrold Avenue, Earl Street, Kirkwood Avenue, Kiska Road, Ingalls Street, Van Dyke Avenue, Williams Avenue, Reddy Street, Thornton Avenue, Topeka Avenue, Bridgeview Drive, Thornton Avenue, Vesta Street, Phelps Street, Bacon Street, University Street, Felton Street, Moscow Street, Persia and Ocean avenues (Balboa Park Station), Plymouth Avenue, Sagamore Street, Alemany Boulevard, St.   Charles Avenue,  and BART Access Road (Daly City BART).
• The bus would share the existing 24 Divisadero terminal on Third Street between Palou Avenue and Oakdale Street.

56 Rutland (alignment change)

• Route would be shortened and the service frequency increased.
• AM & PM peak period headway reduced from 30 minutes to 20 minutes.
• Proposed one-way loop route:  from terminal at Arleta Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard, left on San Bruno Avenue, left on Wilde Avenue, left on Rutland Street, right on Raymond Avenue, left on Sawyer Street, left on Leland Avenue, left on Alpha Street, right on Arleta Avenue to terminal at Arleta Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard.
• Route would follow Leland Avenue, rather than Sunnydale Avenue, between Sawyer and Alpha streets.
• Segments on Sawyer Street between Leland and Visitacíon avenues, Hahn Street, Rutland Street between Sunnydale and Leland avenues, and Sunnydale Avenue between Schwerin and Hahn streets would be discontinued.  The 8X Bayshore Express and 9 San Bruno would cover segments of Route 56 Rutland on Sunnydale Avenue between Rutland and Schwerin streets, and on Hahn Street between Visitacíon and Sunnydale avenues.
• Transit would be added to Leland Avenue between Sawyer and Rutland streets and Rutland Street between Tioga and Wilde avenues, Alpha Street between Leland and Arleta avenues and Arleta Avenue between Alpha Street and Bayshore Boulevard.

• Route segments to/from Executive Park and along Visitacíon Avenue would be discontinued on Wilde between Delta and Rutland streets, Delta between Wilde and Tioga avenues, and Tioga between Delta and Rutland streets.
• Midday frequency would change from 30 to 20 minutes.
• New terminal would be located at the nearside corner of Arleta Avenue at Bayshore Boulevard.  This would require a reduction of up to five parking spaces.
• Recommended for van service, but the timeline for van procurement is uncertain

58 24th St (new route)

• Route would operate between Diamond and Third streets to increase service frequency on 24th
Street and to provide connection between the 24th Street BART Station and 22nd Street Caltrain Station (previously provided by Route 48 Quintara).
• Eastern portion of new route would replace existing Route 48 Quintara service in Potrero Hill.
• Buses would turn around on the northern portion of the route using 24th, Diamond, Clipper, and Castro streets to 24thStreet; Clipper Street between Castro and Diamond streets is not currently used for buses.
• Terminal would be located on Castro Street nearside of the intersection with 25th Street; the existing transit zone would be extended, which would require a reduction of up to five parking spaces.

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