The Transportation Authority Board has approved more than $2.5 million in funding for two years of late-night transit service for new and existing routes.
The SFMTA will use this funding to:
- Add late-night service extending the L-Owl to Fisherman’s Wharf
- Continue Owl service on the eastern segment of the 48 Quintara/24th Street route
- Continue Owl service on the eastern segment of the 44 O’Shaughnessy route
All-night commuters include a diverse population of workers, residents, and visitors who travel to and from homes, jobs, entertainment activities, and other locations between 9pm and 5am, many of whom have low and moderate incomes.
Enhancing late-night bus service was one of the key recommendations from a 2015 report issued by the San Francisco Late Night Transportation Working Group. The working group’s second phase of work, completed in 2018, recommended the L-Owl extension to Fisherman’s Wharf.
Funding for extending late-night service comes from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Lifeline Transportation Program which funds projects that improve mobility for low-income residents. San Francisco's share of the Lifeline Transportation Program is administered by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.