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Bus-Friendly Signaling, Bulbouts Coming to Haight Street in San Francisco

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority approved a collection of changes to San Francisco's famous Haight Street. The proposal provoked political debate that expresses the complexity of multi-modal transportation planning.
November 26, 2014, 8am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"On Tuesday, the SFMTA Board of Directors approved plans to add traffic signals and bulb-outs along Haight Street, which could speed up Muni’s 6 and 71 lines and improve pedestrian safety," reports Aaron Bialick. "The approval came despite complaints from some Upper Haight merchants over removing parking for bus bulb-outs, and mixed support for new traffic signals from pedestrian safety and transit advocates."

The traffic signal changes come as a provision of the Muni Forward’s “Rapid” plans for the 71. According to Bialick, "almost all stop signs along Haight will be replaced with either transit-priority traffic signals, or two-way stops combined with traffic calming treatments." A similar plan is under consideration for Muni's 5 route on Fulton Street.

The post goes on to detail the arguments both in support and opposition of the proposal, especially with regard to the bus signals.

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Published on Friday, November 21, 2014 in S.F. Streetsblog
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