"A plan to redesign the street brought neighbors, business owners, drivers and transit riders to two public meetings this month. The redesign, led by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority and dubbed Bus Rapid Transit, is meant to speed up buses so they more resemble subways by creating travel lanes specifically for buses. BRT changes can also include wider sidewalks, on-street places to buy bus tickets and electronic signs telling travelers when the bus will arrive."
"The ultimate goal is to pull people out of their cars and onto the bus. Part of the goal is to create 'grand boulevards' that revitalize commercial areas by bringing foot traffic, but for a fraction of the cost of a subway system.