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SFMTA Takes First Step Toward BRT

In preparation for introducing BRT to San Francisco, the San ­Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) began construction Nov. 11 along Van Ness Avenue, a major route in the city.

The construction project, scheduled to take three years, begins with removing left turn lanes at most intersections on the street and reducing traffic lanes from three to two in each direction. Workers will remove and pave the existing median, which will be rebuilt later to accommodate dedicated BRT lanes and boarding platforms.

Other improvements will include upgrading water and sewer pipes and, ultimately, planting more than 200 trees to replace the 86 trees being removed as part of construction.

SFMTA’s goal, in addition to launching BRT, is to restore Van Ness Avenue as a grand thoroughfare and increase safety to pedestrians, drivers and public transit riders.

An artist's rendering of how Van Ness Avenue will look when SFMTA introduces BRT service.
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