The Geary corridor is among the most heavily-used transit corridors in San Francisco, connecting communities between the Outer Richmond and Downtown. Over 50,000 daily transit riders rely on Geary bus service, but the route is often slow, unreliable, and crowded. Following years of research and community engagement, the Transportation Authority is proposing enhancements to improve the bus line’s travel times, reliability, and rider comfort.
The proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project will improve performance by establishing physically separated bus lanes, installing transit-optimized traffic signals, increasing bus frequencies, and building high-quality stations.
DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENT
Geary BRT reached an important milestone on October 2, 2015, with the release of the project’s draft environmental document. The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), in partnership with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) describing an analysis of the expected project benefits and impacts for four design alternatives, including one that has been identified as the staff-recommended alternative (SRA). To access the Draft EIS/EIR please visit the Draft EIS/EIR download page.
Following release of the Draft EIS/EIR, a public review and comment period ran from October 2, 2015, to November 30, 2015 (deadline extended from November 16, 2015).
Staff will respond to comments received during this period and develop the Final EIS/EIR, which is scheduled to be released in summer 2016. At that time, the SFCTA Board and the SFMTA Board will each take action to adopt the SRA as the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) based on analysis of the alternatives included in the Final EIS/EIR.
PUBLIC COMMENT MEETING FOR THE DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENT
As part of the public review process for the Draft EIS/EIR, the project team hosted a public comment meeting on November 5, 2015 in the St. Mary’s Cathedral. The purpose of the meeting was to provide an opportunity to view project information, discuss the project with staff, and provide comments in writing or verbally to a court reporter. Materials presented at the meeting including the following:
Staff presentation (626KB)
The proposed SRA follows a multi-year planning process that featured extensive outreach and incorporated public feedback at every stage, informing the final design. The planning process resulted in an SRA that meets the unique needs of the corridor and provides a cost-effective way for the city to improve bus travel time and on-time performance.
The SRA is a hybrid, center-to-side-running design that is projected to make service along the corridor 10-15 minutes faster and provide 20% more reliable service for the 55,000 daily riders who today experience unreliable, slow, and overcrowded service.
Beyond transit improvements, the SRA proposes completely repaving Geary Boulevard, improving pedestrian safety and access, and enhancing the existing landscape and streetscape to improve neighborhood vitality from the Outer Richmond to Downtown.
Following adoption of the LPA and completion of the environmental review process, construction is anticipated to begin on a set of near-term improvements, Phase 1 of the full project, between Market and Stanyan Streets. While design for the near-term improvements is preliminary pending selection of the LPA and Final EIS/EIR approvals, the goal of Phase 1 is to begin delivering project benefits prior to completion of the full project. These benefits include side-running transit-only lanes, transit-optimized traffic signals, bus stop optimization, and pedestrian safety treatments.
The team has continued active engagement with the communities along the corridor as it begins the conceptual design for these features. Construction for the near-term improvements would take place from summer 2016 to 2019.
The remaining improvements would be included in Phase 2. Construction for Phase 2 would take place following completion of Phase 1 in 2019. Start of bus service for the full project is tentatively set for the end of 2020.
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The Transportation Authority worked with Owlized Inc. to provide visualizations of what Geary Boulevard would look like once Bus Rapid Transit is built. Visit the Geary BRT OWL web page to see panoramic views of the intersections of Geary and 17th Ave.—as well as a short survey about Geary BRT. Give it a look!
GET (OR STAY) INVOLVED!
During the environmental review process the project team has been meeting with community groups to provide status updates and receive community input on plans for the near-term improvements. You may contact the project team to request a presentation or briefing on this effort at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bi-monthly CAC meetings are also open to the public. For more information on past and upcoming CAC meetings please visit: www.gearybrt.org/cac
PROJECT FACT SHEET
The current project Fact Sheet is available for download in several languages:
The project team has been providing reports to the Transportation Authority Board on the project's progress, describing status and key activities, upcoming milestones, and the project schedule and budget. Reports are available as downloadable PDFs: