BRT will be good for now, but long term I hope BART expands down Geary and to Daly City via 19th avenue. Really hope it's not Muni Metro either. Surface Muni is slow as hell, and its basically like replacing the old B, which was ripped out for a reason.
How about BRT?
"Late Thursday, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority Board approved the final environmental review of the Geary Bus Rapid Transit project, clearing a key hurdle for the project to move forward.
The project will now move into further planning stages under the auspices of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, requiring approvals from that agency’s board.
The project would transform Geary Boulevard to make the 38-Geary bus faster, and behave more like a train. A red bus-only lane would run along the sides of Geary Boulevard from 34th to 26th avenues, and the center of Geary Boulevard from 26th Avenue to just past Arguello Boulevard, and then again on the sides of Geary Boulevard the rest of the way to Market Street.
Buses would truly be “rapid,” with the potential for riders to save “20 minutes per round-trip,” according to transit planners."
It’s takes a 38-Geary bus more than 30 minutes to cross from the avenues to downtown. But that’s small potatoes, considering it’s taken almost 13 years for the 38-Geary to …
Much of BART's core systems dates from the 1960s. Those systems have started to fail. Some, like our escalators, have failed. We can't keep maintaining 1960s kit, and expect it to function like new. Now is the time to take decisive action to rebuild BART's core systems from the ground up. It's what we know we need, and it's what the Bay Area is demanding.
Read my call to action in The San Francisco Examiner: www.sfexaminer.com/time-come-r...
Don't call it 'BART to the beach' but a study is on the way!
Actually, it should be a MUNI Metro line.
This would be amazing.
More from SPUR: www.spur.org/blog/2013-09-25/h...
Someone at the BRT town hall last night mentioned that tunnels had actually started construction under Geary in the 50s. Does anyone know if this is true?
This is a fantastic mock-up of a regional expansion of our subways:
Can someone tell me why can't we just bring back the B with light rail/PCC trains cars?
Meli, I think you're right that elevated rail would be a nightmare for lots of those neighbors. I'm something of a Chicagoan at heart :-)
Isn't one of the biggest problems with Geary (even with buses) the lack of frequency? I'm assuming the BRT vehicles will be able to carry more passengers, but I'd argue they need to be running pretty much every 2-3 minutes the entire day without lag.