Press Release: Bus Bulbs Being Built on Fulton Street

From District 1 Supervisor Connie Chan’s office:

Background: Fulton Street between Sixth and 11th avenues is part of the City’s Vision Zero “High Injury Network” where the most collisions occur — and each of the four locations where the crossing distance would be reduced is a pedestrian entrance to Golden Gate Park. 

This project will build six new bus bulbs at Arguello Boulevard (westbound), Sixth (eastbound and westbound), Eighth (eastbound), and 10th (eastbound and westbound), along with signal upgrades replacing the mast arms and signal heads on Fulton to improve visibility at each of the intersections. 

  • The bus bulbs will save time and improve reliability for riders on the 5- and 5R-Fulton buses by reducing the time it takes the bus to pull in and out of traffic, while also expanding the waiting area for riders, improving access for people with mobility needs, and reducing crossing distance and improving visibility for pedestrians on Fulton Street.
  • The project will directly benefit tens of thousands of Muni riders and make Fulton a safer place to walk;
  • The 5-Fulton and 5R-Fulton Rapid served a combined total of more than 23,000 daily riders before the pandemic. After declining early in the pandemic, ridership has recovered to more than 10,000 people per day in recent months and continues to grow. These improvements will help make the entire 5 and 5R lines more reliable;
  • All of the planned transit bulb are on San Francisco’s High-Injury Network, the 13% of city streets that account for 75% of severe injuries and fatalities. They are also at important entrances to Golden Gate Park for transit riders and people walking;
  • This project builds on a series of investments SFMTA has made in the 5 and 5R over the last decade, including:
  • introducing the 5R -Fulton Rapid in 2013, reducing travel times for riders from the Outer Richmond by up to seven minutes per trip;
  • investing in capital improvements including bus bulbs, new signals with transit priority, improved stop spacing, and other measures to improve reliability along the entire route;
  • reducing crowding on the 5R by improving frequency and adding larger buses in 2016, which will return soon
  • The project is funded through a combination of a Caltrans Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) allocation, a state budget rider secured by State Assemblymember Phil Ting, and Proposition K sales tax funds from the San Francisco County Transportation Authority;
  • The project is currently in design, which is expected to be completed by the middle of next year, to be followed by construction beginning in late 2022 and continuing into early 2024.

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