Muni set for major service expansions

Muni routes citywide are set for another wave of major service expansions.

Riders on the more than a dozen affected lines will see service come more often, and a number of lines will be rerouted to make them more efficient.

This is the fourth round of service expansions under the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s “Muni Forward” initiative, which will reshape service for the more than 700,000 daily riders.

All Muni Metro trains will gain increased weekend service to ensure service every 10 minutes. The improvements all occur at different times of day for Muni lines.

Major bus routes to see morning and evening service increases are the 1-California, 47-Van Ness and 2-Clement. The 6-Haight/Parnassus, 7-Haight-Noriega and 25-Owl will all net higher late-night frequency. The 10-Townsend, 12-Folsom and 35-Eureka will gain boosts all day.

The 31-Balboa and 37-Corbett will net increased evening frequency, and the 28-19th Avenue will gain increased midday frequency, which will undoubtedly benefit the high school students and San Francisco State University students who rely on it.

New late night service routes will launch as well. The 44-Owl from Glen Park to Bayview and the 48-Owl from Noe Valley to 3rd Street are new routes to serve riders past midnight.

Some lines will be rerouted as well, including the 2-Clement, 18-46th Avenue, 28R-19th Avenue Rapid and 35-Eureka. The 14R-Mission Rapid will be extended to Daly City BART all day.

Though hundreds of thousands of daily Muni riders will benefit, not all the changes are sitting well with San Franciscans, such as businesses crying foul over a loss of parking and business in neighborhoods where the Muni Forward program have painted red, transit-only lanes.

And some of the reroutes, like that of the 57-Park Merced line and the 18-46th Avenue near Lake Merced, had to make troubling tradeoffs — leaving hundreds of riders with longer commutes — to shorten the commutes of thousands elsewhere.

“This is long term, focused and systematic,” SFMTA Transit Director John Haley told the San Francisco Examiner when the Muni Forward plan was first announced in April 2015.

The last time an increase in service this significant occurred was when Market Street was torn up in the 1970s to build subway tunnels for Muni and BART, Haley said.

The changes go into effect April 23.

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