Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerThe SFMTA will implement double stopping on Muni Metro trains at certain stations starting this weekend.

Muni aims to relieve crowding on 5-Fulton line with pilot project

Riders of the crowded 5-Fulton Muni line could see relief as the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency implements a yearlong pilot.

If the SFMTA board approves a pilot project during its meeting today, a 5-Fulton Limited and 5-Fulton Short would result in more frequent service between the temporary Transbay Terminal and Sixth Avenue, the route’s most crowded portion. Modifications to the existing service along the 5-mile corridor would remove 16 of 114 parking spaces, according to the SFMTA staff report. Travel lanes on Fulton Street between Stanyan Street and Central Avenue would be reduced from four to three to improve bus and pedestrian safety. In addition, 9 percent of customers would need to walk an extra block due to bus stop consolidation.

“While individually these proposals have relatively small impacts on transit running time, reliability and crowding, a holistic application of these types of improvements along an entire line has not been implemented in San Francisco,” a report on the project states.

Data on the pilot, ready for implementation this fall, would be collected and analyzed at the six-month and one-year marks. The proposed service changes, vetted broadly in the agency’s Transit Effectiveness Project, are reversible.

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