Mike Koozmin/2013 S.f. Examiner file photoA red lane like this one on Market Street should shave time off the 29-Sunset line.

Muni expects improved travel time for 29-Sunset with new left-turn lane

The 29-Sunset line could see two to five minutes shaved off its average total route time, as Muni has rolled out a new red-colored lane that will allow eastbound buses to turn left on Lincoln Way onto northbound Crossover Drive and into Golden Gate Park.

Effective Wednesday, the red transit-only left-hand turn lane and left-turn signal allow Muni's inbound 29-Sunset buses to skip a leg of the journey that was causing delays around the park. Buses were previously required to make a right turn onto 20th Avenue, a left turn onto Irving Street and finally a left turn onto 19th Avenue, which passes Lincoln Way and becomes Crossover Drive.

Due to the new route alignment, the bus stop at on the southeast corner in front of the Shell gas station at 19th Avenue and Lincoln Way was moved across the street to Lincoln and Crossover Drive. It services not only 29-Sunset customers, but also those who ride the 28-19th Avenue, 28L-19th Avenue Limited and 91-Owl lines. A bus shelter there is expected to be completed by Oct. 14.

Daily, more than 18,000 customers ride the 29-Sunset, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

The reroute “is part of the Muni Forward project that looks at certain Muni lines and routes to improve travel time and make Muni more reliable,” said transit agency spokesman Paul Rose.

Red lanes for buses and taxis have been installed on other city streets, including Market and Geary streets, in an attempt to reduce transit travel times.

Correction: This story was updated Oct. 3 to correct the date the red transit-only left-hand turn lane went into effect.

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