In an effort to make Muni “more convenient, reliable and attractive” by reducing transit travel times and improving customer experiences, service reliability, and efficiency, San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) launched San Francisco’s Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP), the first holistic review of San Francisco’s Muni network and service delivery since the 1970’s.
Implementation of the TEP is slated to occur between 2014 and 2019, subject to funding and resource availability, spanning four target areas: service policy framework, service improvements, service-related capital projects, and travel time reduction proposals:
The proposed Service Policy Framework is a policy document consisting of objectives and actions to enable the SFMTA to effectively allocate transit resources, efficiently deliver service, improve service reliability, reduce transit travel time, and improve customer service. The Service Policy Framework also organizes Muni services into four distinct service types: Rapid Network, Local Network, Community Connectors, and Specialized Services.
The proposed Service Improvements include: creating new routes, redesigning existing routes, or adding service to new streets; eliminating unproductive existing routes or route segments; changing vehicle type; changing frequency and span of service; changing the mix of local/limited/express service; and other changes, such as new express service stops, expansion of Limited-stop service to include Sundays, and the expansion of other service with the addition of days of operation.
The proposed service-related capital projects include three categories of projects proposed as infrastructure to support service improvements: overhead wire expansion, transfer and terminal point improvements, and systemwide capital infrastructure.
The proposed travel time reduction proposals (TTRP) would implement roadway and bus stop changes to reduce delays on the transit routes in the Rapid Network. Changes include adding transit bulbs/boarding islands; replacing stop signs with traffic signals or other measures; transit stop changes including moving stops, eliminating stops and adding new stops; traffic engineering changes such as adding turn lanes, turn restrictions and transit-only lanes; and pedestrian improvements such as curb extensions and other crosswalk treatments.
The initial TEP study, findings and framework for improvements was just released, including maps for the proposed service improvements to each line, existing and new.
A draft report of the project’s potential environmental impacts is scheduled to be circulated for public comment this summer. A final report is anticipated in the Winter/Spring of 2014, after which TEP implementation could begin.
∙ Transit Effectiveness Project: Initial Study | Service Improvement Maps [sf-planning.org]