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.