Addendum to the Environmental Impact Report
The Geary BRT project team is pleased to share the following updates.
Working with nearby businesses, churches, service providers and residents, the project team has proposed modifying the transition point where west-bound buses shift from center-lane operation to side-lane operation. This revised transition would occur at 27th Avenue, instead of 26th Avenue as previously proposed, allowing for the preservation of more parking and loading spaces in the area.
Specifically, this design retains two additional parking spaces on the north side of the street and all of the loading spaces between 25th and 27th Avenue.
See the previous and new bus-only lane design in the graphic below.
The SFCTA has prepared an Addendum to the project’s EIR, documenting this proposed design change and our finding that it would not result in any new significant environmental impacts. This change would not affect any other aspects of the project, such as its improvements to transit reliability and safety for people walking.
Approval of this design refinement is to be considered as a proposed change to the project’s Locally Preferred Alternative at two upcoming meetings where public comments will be heard:
- May 24: SFCTA Citizens Advisory Committee will be asked to make a recommendation to the SFCTA Board. 6:00 PM, SFCTA offices, 1455 Market Street, 22nd floor.
- June 13: SFCTA Board will be asked to approve the modified Locally Preferred Alternative with the design refinement. 10:00 AM, Room 250, San Francisco City Hall.
You may also share feedback about this change via email to GearyBRT@sfcta.org.
Finally, the team has refined our construction phasing approach in the Addendum. As we previously reported, work would be done first east of Stanyan Street where BRT would operate in side-running bus-only lanes. Then, work would be conducted primarily west of Stanyan Street, where BRT operations would mostly be in center-running bus-only lanes. The Addendum provides updated timeline estimates for each phase.
More than 52,000 people a day rely on 38 Geary local, rapid and express bus service to get where they need to go, making Geary one of the busiest bus corridors west of the Mississippi. But uneven wait times, overcrowded buses and inconsistent travel times are a daily reality. These issues persist even with recent improvements like more rush hour service and red bus-only lanes.
The Geary Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project led by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency would address these issues, making transit almost as quick and convenient as driving and creating a safer, more vibrant Geary corridor.
The Geary BRT project features dedicated transit lanes, utility upgrades and other streetscape improvements that would result in:
- More efficient and reliable transit, so you can spend more time doing the things you love. Geary BRT would make bus service 20-24 percent quicker along the corridor, saving people on 38 Geary bus routes up to 20 minutes per round trip. More consistent wait times will mean buses arrive more frequently.
- More accessible bus stops with boarding islands and sidewalk extensions that make it easier to get on and off the bus; and safer crossings with shorter crossing distances.
- Better traffic flow. When transit is almost as quick and convenient as driving it can help manage traffic congestion.Traffic would flow better with BRT than without it.
- A more vibrant corridor for the community with new lighting and more landscaping and trees.
- A smoother roadway with newly paved streets.
- More reliable utilities with new water and sewer infrastructure.
HOW GEARY BRT WILL WORK
Residents, community leaders, advocates and merchants all along the corridor contributed to the latest design for Geary BRT. Their input resulted in:
- Preserved parking: More than 95 percent of parking spaces within one to two blocks of the corridor would be retained, including the existing curbside parking and loading between Spruce and Cook streets;
- Preserving a local bus stop at Collins Street and Rapid stop at Laguna Street;
- Safe and efficient transit access for students: Bus-only lanes will extend to 34th Avenue to serve nearby schools;
- Keeping the Webster Street bridge: The pedestrian bridge at Webster Street will be preserved with new crossings and medians on either side of the street;
- Maintained turns: The project will keep key left turns and all right turns on the corridor;
- Adding a dedicated turn lane for access to the Japantown Garage; and
- Improved safety: The project will make crossing Geary safer with more than 100 sidewalk extensions and bike improvements along key north-south bike routes.
Download the Geary BRT Project fact sheet:
Call Colin Dentel-Post, Senior Transportation Planner, at 415-522-4836 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a presentation to your organization.
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