Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit | Draft EIS/EIR November 2011

INTRODUCTION

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report (EIS/EIR) was available for public comment through December 23, 2011. It compares BRT alternatives to conditions without BRT and documents how the BRT alternatives would affect a range of issues:

  • Transit travel times and delays
  • Regional and local tripmaking
  • Pedestrian safety
  • Traffic diversions and traffic delays
  • On-street parking
  • Noise
  • Energy consumption
  • Greenhouse gas emissions
  • Historic resources
  • Trees and landscaping
  • Construction
  • Affordability and funding
  • Operations and maintenance costs
  • Golden Gate Transit operations

The three BRT build alternatives and one design variation analyzed for environmental review all include:

  • Dedicated bus lanes, helping reduce transit travel time by 32%.
  • Transit signal priority, giving buses more green lights and helping increase transit reliability by up to 50%.
  • Faster, level boarding through all doors to reduce transit delays by more than 40%.
  • These benefits are estimated to contribute to a 35% increase in transit ridership along the corridor.

BRT build alternatives also include full replacement of the existing overhead contact system support pole/streetlight network between Mission and North Point streets.

Depending on the alternative, the cost is between $90M and $130M (in 2014 dollars), of which up to $75M will come from Federal Small Starts and up to $45M from Prop K and other local sources. (The Federal Transit Administration has given Van Ness BRT a "high" rating for cost-effectiveness—one of only two projects in the nation to receive this designation.)

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PROJECT ALTERNATIVES

See the Alternatives Screening Report for a Summary of Altnernatives Considered and Withdrawn as well as evaluation of the Alternatives under reivew in the Draft EIS/EIR.

Build Alternative 1: Future-year conditions without BRT (“No Build”)

  • Conversion of rightmost traffic lane in both directions to bus-only lanes
  • Cars allowed to cross bus lane for curb parking or to turn right
  • Sidewalks widened at transit station locations (bus bulbs)
  • Center landscaped median remains as is

Existing conditions

 

Build Alternative 2: Side-Lane BRT with street parking

  • Conversion of rightmost traffic lane in both directions to bus-only lanes
  • Cars allowed to cross bus lane for curb parking or to turn right
  • Sidewalks widened at transit station locations (bus bulbs)
  • Center landscaped median remains as is

Build Alternative 2

 

Build Alternative 3: Center-lane BRT with right-side boarding and dual medians

  • Creation of dedicated bus lanes separated from traffic by two parallel landscaped medians
  • BRT stations located on side platforms
  • Use of right door buses

Build Alternative 3

 

Build Alternative 4: Center-lane BRT with left-side boarding and single median

  • Conversion of inside traffic lane in both directions to dedicated bus lanes on either side of single center landscaped median
  • Center landscaped median maintained as is
  • BRT stations located on center median
  • Use of left/right door buses

Build Alternative 4