- EIS & ROD
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority Board approved the Geary Bus Rapid Transit Project and certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on January 5, 2017. The Federal Transit Administration issued its Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision in the Federal Register on June 1, 2018, representing the project’s final environmental approval.
With completion of the project’s environmental review phase, SFMTA is working to design and implement the project and will take the lead on most future communications with stakeholders and the public. SFMTA is implementing the project in two phases. The Geary Rapid project is bringing improvements to the corridor from Market Street to Stanyan Street. The Geary Boulevard Improvement Project will implement improvements between Stanyan Street and 34th Avenue. Sign up to receive updates on the project.
The project's environmental study documents will remain available here at www.sfcta.org/geary.
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, will 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. Buses would arrive more frequently and improved reliability would provide more consistent wait times.
- 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.
Residents, community leaders, advocates and merchants all along the corridor contributed to the 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.