Muni has success with transit-only lanes on Church Street 

click to enlarge Painted transit- and cab-only lanes on Church Street have cut travel times by 5 percent on one bus. - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • Painted transit- and cab-only lanes on Church Street have cut travel times by 5 percent on one bus.

The new painted transit-only lane on Church Street — designed to keep private vehicles out of the way of Muni vehicles — appears to be paying dividends for the agency.

Since a layer of red paint was laid down on a three-block stretch of the street, the 22-Fillmore has had a 5 percent reduction in travel time and a 20 percent increase in reliability along that stretch, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages Muni.

The red paint was put down in March between Duboce Avenue and 16th Street — the most congested stretch of Church Street.

The 18-month pilot project also allows cabs to travel on the painted lanes. If the project determines that travel times improve on Muni’s 22-Fillmore and J-Church lines, the red paint will stay indefinitely.

The project also bars motorists from taking left turns onto 15th and 16th streets. So far, 16 citations have been issued to drivers for not complying with the new rules.

The painted transit-only lane on Church Street is part of the Transit Effectiveness Project, a comprehensive report on Muni transportation operations that was completed in 2008.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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