After a makeover, the bus loop that serves as a terminal for Muni’s 8X and 49 lines at Phelan and Ocean Avenues, the site of City College’s Ocean Campus, became operational yesterday. It’s part of a larger city project, in the works for ten years, to create a more efficient and attractive transit hub while opening up the adjacent land for a mixed-use, affordable housing development with shops on the ground floor, complemented by a new plaza that will welcome students stepping off or waiting for the bus.
The loop was actually re-aligned: Whereas buses used to take a right turn off Ocean, stop, then take a left turn back onto Ocean in the opposite direction, the loop now takes buses on a right turn towards Phelan, where they use the three new side-by-side platforms to load before making another right turn on to Phelan.
Stops for the 8X/8BX and 49 that used to sit on the south side of Ocean have been moved to the new bus platforms. The project will also include pedestrian bulb-outs at the adjacent crosswalk across Phelan. The plaza and building development will break ground later this year, according to an SFMTA news release.
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