Bay Area/ San Francisco
Published on August 18, 2014
Public Hearing Friday For Van Ness Rapid Transit ProjectPhoto: Jared Schwartz / Hoodline
A public hearing is set for this Friday to discuss a slew of planned traffic and transit changes related to the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project.

As we've previously reported, the goal of the BRT is to make public transit on Van Ness more rapid and reliable. To achieve that end, the project envisions the creation of center boarding islands and transit-only lanes, installing pedestrian bulbouts on certain corners, and banning left turns and u-turns at certain intersections to speed up the flow of traffic.

Specifically, the proposed changes in our area include:

  • Creating Muni- and Golden Gate Transit-only lanes in both directions, which will stretch from Filbert Street to Market
  • Establishing no left turns or u-turns on Van Ness northbound at Grove
  • Establishing a no-stopping tow-away zone on the east side of Van Ness just north of Hayes
  • Establish no parking zones on the southern corners of Van Ness and Grove, and northern corners of Van Ness and Hayes, as the sidewalks will be widened with corner bumpouts
All of this will be discussed at an SFMTA hearing this Friday, August 22nd at 10am in City Hall Room 416. You can get more information and view the hearing agenda at the SFMTA's website.