Next Tuesday: Public Meeting on Creating a 5-Fulton Limited Muni Line

See ##http://www.sfmta.com/cms/mtep/documents/rte_005.pdf##full PDF here##. Image: SFMTA

To help speed rush hour trips on the 5-Fulton line, Muni is proposing a limited-stop service during the morning and afternoon peaks. SFMTA staff and D1 Supervisor Eric Mar will hold a meeting on Tuesday in the inner Richmond District for the public to weigh in on the proposed route.

Under the proposal [PDF], the 5-Limited would make local stops west of 8th Avenue and east of Van Ness Avenue, but only select stops in between those points. Some buses would only make a short run, turning back via a two-block loop between 6th and 8th Avenues towards downtown. The additional service is expected to provide a faster alternative for the bulk of commuters in the Richmond while lightening the passenger load on crowded local buses.

Limited-stop service on the 5 was one of the recommendations in the Transit Effectiveness Project, along with removing 16 regular stops on the line as a way to speed up service. The SFMTA said it ran a version of 5-Limited service to alleviate crowding during the Outside Lands music festival last weekend between 25th Avenue and the Civic Center BART station.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Richmond Police Station at 461 6th Avenue.

  • Lucy

    It is a recommendation of the TEP, just not a travel time reduction proposal. The 5 Limited is a service improvement, found here:
    http://www.sfmta.com/cms/mtep/documents/rte_005.pdf

    From this list:
    http://www.sfmta.com/cms/mtep/TEPRecommendationsbyRoute.htm

  • Ah yes, thanks for pointing that out. Fixed it.

  • david vartanoff

    good plan, BUT given the no shows one wonders what beefing up the 5 (which IS needed) will mean for other routes. Yesterday 73 runs went unfilled. Muni won’t reveal which riders were cheated of service but one might suspect that a 5 is often among the missing.

  • Anonymous

    I agree. I tried to take the 5 to work after dropping my kid off at school a couple years ago, around 9am on a few weekdays at Divis and McAllister. Most buses were so full they drove by; a few let people off but let no one on. The line certainly needs more service; making that service express and short run is even better. But with runs being cut systemwide, what other lines will suffer to beef this one up? Which begs the larger question: in the middle of a recession, why can’t MUNI keep staffed up?

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