With Bay Area traffic starting to pick up again, San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency officials are looking at ways to keep bus service moving smoothly as streets become more congested.
The bus lines that have been running in San Francisco over the last few months have been more efficient because of decreased traffic during coronavirus stay-at-home orders. Now, SFMTA officials are hoping to restrict lanes on some streets to public transit vehicles only to keep that efficiency humming.
"Our buses were primarily stuck in traffic for most of the time pre-pandemic," SFMTA Spokesperson Erica Kato said. "So some lines have seen time savings of over 40%."
Most people taking Muni during the stay-at-home orders were essential workers.
The SFMTA Board is expected to consider the plan Tuesday.
If approved, the lane restrictions would go into effect late this summer and be removed about four months after the city’s emergency order expires. According to SFMTA's website, the routes would be "striped only with white paint, 'Bus/Taxi Only' stenciling and signage."