The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) announced the installation of new, red transit only lanes on Market Street will begin July 25. The durable, new red transit-only lanes consist of a red thermoplastic bonded to the existing lanes and will run between 5th and 12th streets.
“As a Transit First city, we are being smart about how we improve transit to make it an attractive, reliable choice for San Franciscans,” said SFMTA Director of Transportation, Ed Reiskin. “These lanes represent a low-cost, but high-impact measure to decrease travel time by preventing cars from using transit only lanes.”
The “red carpet” lane colorization is part of an ongoing pilot project to identify transit only lanes in red, which improves the safety, reliability and speed on some of Muni’s most heavily used lines. By creating colorful, more visible transit only lanes, motorists are able to avoid lanes designated specifically for public transit and taxis.
This project will improve the customer experience, speed and reliability for the F, 6, 9, 9L, 71, and 71L Muni routes.
The Market street lanes are the latest in a series of red lane installations which also include new red carpet treatments on Church, 3rd, Geary and O’Farrell streets. Experience from the installation on Church Street shows strong improvements in transit speed, reliability and a better customer experience. Installation of the Market Street lane treatment will be done at night on weekends in an effort to minimize the impacts on all users of Market Street.
Red carpet lane projects are a part of Muni Forward, a comprehensive initiative to improve Muni service throughout San Francisco.