Overview
People crossing San Jose Avenue after exiting the Muni light rail.

Photo Credit: SFMTA

Introduction

The intersection of Geneva and San Jose is located in southern San Francisco, adjacent to Balboa Park Station. One of the busiest transit hubs in the Bay Area, Balboa Park Station connects four BART lines, three Muni Metro light rail lines, and eight Muni bus lines. The intersection of Geneva and San Jose also serves as an important connection for people walking among the Oceanview, Merced Heights, Ingleside, and Outer Mission neighborhoods. The intersection of Geneva and San Jose also handles high volumes of automobile traffic due to its proximity to transit, I-280 freeway ramps, and popular destinations such as the City College of San Francisco and Balboa Park.

Through the Geneva Avenue/San Jose Avenue Intersection Study, the SFMTA studied ways to make the intersection and  nearby segments of Geneva and San Jose avenues safer for people walking and biking and more reliable for transit. The Transportation Authority Board adopted the Geneva Avenue/San Jose Avenue Intersection Study Final Report on July 28, 2020. The primary recommendation of the study is a relocated M Line terminal stop at San Jose Avenue and Niagara Avenue with large transit bulb-outs, providing a direct connection between the train and the sidewalk. This would reduce conflicts between automobiles, bikes, and people accessing transit.

Project/Study Partners

This project was funded by the Transportation Authority’s Neighborhood Program and led by the SFMTA. The project included coordination with the following partners:

  • BART
  • Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development 
  • San Francisco County Transportation Authority
  • SF Public Works
  • SF Planning
  • San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department

Public outreach for this study was conducted in coordination with the Balboa Park Station Community Advisory Committee, Transportation Authority Board Member Ahsha Safai’s office (District 11), and the Upper Yard Development and BART Station Modernization projects led by BART and the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development. The study was also presented to the SFMTA’s Multimodal Accessibility Advisory Committee. 

Cost & Funding 

The Transportation Authority's Neighborhood Program funded the Geneva Avenue/San Jose Avenue Intersection Study with $100,000 in Prop K sales tax funds. 

Resources

SFMTA Geneva-San Jose Intersection Study webpage

Geneva Avenue/San Jose Avenue Intersection Study Final Report (pdf)

Balboa Park Station Area Plan, SF Planning, 2008 (PDF)

Prop K Transportation sales tax Funding Request (PDF)

Contact

Tony Henderson, SFMTA: tony.henderson@sfmta.com

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