Muni looks to speed up 9-San Bruno

Muni is starting to implement many of the changes that were adopted earlier this year in March intended to improve reliability and reduce travel time on many of its routes.

Many of the transit projects are a part of the Transit Effectiveness Project — a blueprint to improve the entire Muni system. Muni has now begun carrying out the projects under a new name called Muni Forward.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board approved proposals for the 9-San Bruno and 9L under the Muni Forward project on Tuesday.

The 9-San Bruno, which carries over 15,000 daily riders, will get new transit bulbs at 11th and Market streets and 11th and Harrison streets in the inbound direction. A new inbound stop at Bayshore Boulevard and Jerrold Avenue is getting a new transit bulb.

Transit bulbs will also be placed at new outbound stops at Bayshore Boulevard and Oakdale Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard and Cortland Avenue.

Project Manager Sean Kennedy said several stops will also be getting transit islands that will separate the boarding area and passing bicyclists. Bayshore Boulevard and Cortland Avenue and at a new inbound stop at Bayshore Boulevard and Flower Street will get new transit islands.

A new transit island will also be placed on at the outbound bus stop at 11th and Harrison streets.

The transit agency also approved moving several stops from the near side to the far side of intersections where buses will get signal priority. Those intersections include Bayshore Boulevard and Oakdale Avenue and Bayshore Boulevard and Cortland Avenue in the outbound direction.

Bus stops at Eleventh and Folsom streets will be removed in both directions to increase the bus stop spacing.

The total cost of the project is $4.4 million. The project is funded through a city bond. Construction bids will go out sometime in November, said Kennedy. 

The 9-San Bruno is just of many transit projects under Muni’s Rapid Network that will see transit improvements, said Kennedy.

The Rapid Network includes Muni’s most heavily used routes like the 5-Fulton, 9-San Bruno, 28-19th Avenue, 71-Haight/Noreiga and N-Judah lines.

Kennedy said staff is still working with community groups to refine the proposals for the 5-Fulton and 71-Haight/Noriega.

He said he hopes bring the 71-Haight/Noriega proposals to the SFMTA board by December, which include transit bulbs, stop relocations, turn restrictions and signal priority.