Changes to the 14R bus line, including a dedicated transit lane along Mission Street, will be publicly vetted Friday, October 16, at 10 a.m. in City Hall, room 416.
A stoplight at Randall and Mission streets had also been proposed, but that element needs further study and will not be implemented immediately, said Matt Brill, SFMTA Transportation Manager.*
The changes are part of MUNI Forward, a city-wide overhaul of the transportation system begun in 2006. They include extended sidewalk bulbs, transit only lanes and turn pockets along Mission from South Van Ness to Randall.
Brill said the project’s Environmental Impact Review (which studies a project’s effect on the area around it) proposed a signal, but that level of analysis is higher order and didn’t cover signal timing.
“We’ve started to involve our more senior signal designers and other people in the building to help us solve it in a holistic way. There’s a lot of safety issues in and around those areas,” he said. “Not only is San Jose Avenue really close, you also have the J Church signal priority; Guerrero adds some complexity.”
If the engineers can get the signal to work, the agency won’t hold any special meetings. If it can’t, SFMTA will come back to the public and talk about other options, like a rapid flashing beacon.
“There will be targeted outreach,” he said.
Either way, the project has been unhooked from the larger 14R project. Friday is the final public meeting before the proposal goes before the SFMTA board, which must approve it. Then work would begin.
You can see SFMTA’s final proposals under the Documents and Reports page.
*Please note that I incorrectly identified Matt Brill in the first draft as “project manager.” Sorry!