The goal of the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP) is to "modernize Muni and make it more efficient, reliable, safe and comfortable for its existing 700,000 daily passengers."
The final changes being proposed in our neck of the woods include:
- Eliminating the 71 Haight bus line
- Making the 71L run all day long, and increasing its frequency from 10 minutes to 7 minutes during peak hours
- Decreasing the frequency of the 6 Parnassus line from 10 minutes to 12 minutes during peak periods. (Originally, the plans included changing the 6's route to have it continue all the way down Haight to Stanyan, instead of turning on Masonic as it does now. That change was scrapped based on public feedback.)
- Increasing the frequency of the 21 Hayes
- Altering the southern end of the 22 Fillmore line. Instead of veering south off 16th Street into Potrero Hill, it will instead continue down 16th all the way to 3rd, then turn northward and terminate in Mission Bay.
- Removing or relocating stops and adding pedestrian bulbouts on the N Judah between Cole and Ocean Beach
- Adding sidewalk bulbouts at the intersections of Haight and Fillmore and Haight and Divisadero
The TEP has been in the works since all the way back in 2006, when the SFMTA began a nearly year-long study of ridership patterns. The findings from that study were revealed in 2008, and led to the creation of a strategy document in 2011 that set out goals to improve Muni service and a budget for the project.
Last year the agency conducted some impact studies, and in recent months it's been revising plans based on public feedback. Now, the plans are finalized, and are moving to the Board for a deciding vote.
Tomorrow's SFMTA Board hearing is scheduled for 8am at City Hall, Room 400, and is open to the public. We'll let you know how it goes.
<b>Update 3/29:</b> Muni's board voted to approve the TEP yesterday. Expect the changes to roll out over the next year or so, budget pending.