The External Affairs Committee of the Civic Center CBD is co-hosting a meeting with the team working on the Van Ness Improvement Project, which includes the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Thursday, August 18, 2016, at 9:00am.


The Van Ness Improvement Project is set to break ground this fall. It will bring a much-needed and globally-proven solution to improve transit service and address traffic congestion on Van Ness Avenue, a major north-south street and the continuation of Highway 101. It will also bring upgrades to the sidewalks and wider street area for everyone who lives and works along this dynamic street to enjoy. Van Ness will undergo major upgrades to revitalize one of San Francisco’s most prominent corridors and its aging infrastructure for the next generation.

That means safety improvements for all — especially pedestrians — and upgrades for the water and sewer systems, brighter and more efficient street lights, new landscaping and rain gardens, road repaving and new overhead wires for our Muni buses.

Rendered image of Muni buses driving in rec-colored transit-only lanes on Van Ness Avenue with pedestrians walking in the crosswalks.

So, what is BRT? Essentially, it’s a set of street design and technology upgrades to make transit faster and more reliable. Features like center-running transit-only lanes and traffic signals that give priority for buses are all combined to make the bus transit experience feel more like rail — with much less capital investment required.

For more details and updates, check out the Van Ness Corridor Transit Improvement Project webpage.