S.F. Accelerates Parking Removal at Bus Stops From 7 Years to 18 Months

Reviewing changes in bulk will make it easier for the Municipal Transportation Agency to remove parking around bus stops in San Francisco.

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December 22, 2022, 12:00 PM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


“San Francisco will kick off 2023 by removing hundreds of parking spaces across the city that obstruct riders from boarding [Municipal Transportation Agency (Muni)] buses — a process that is planned for completion within 18 months,” reports Ricardo Cano for the San Francisco Chronicle.

The changes are required by an ordinance approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, intended to improve the safety and speed of bus boarding around the city. In October, Muni officials estimated that bringing bus stops into conformity with the new regulations would take seven years to complete.

“The reason for the initial, years-long timeline had to do with the bureaucratic process that requires the agency to hold a public hearing for each flag stop where parking will be removed,” explains Cano. The timeline has been shortened dramatically because “the transportation agency has committed to analyzing affected stops ‘in much bigger batches’ as opposed to one-by-one.”

In further evidence of the complicated politics of planning in San Francisco, the ordinance that is paving way for improved bus boarding was proposed by Supervisor Dean Preston, a familiar and favorite target of YIMBY advocates in the city and region.

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