The Muni 47 and 49 lines have been discussed a lot recently in the context of the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, which would create a more efficient dedicated-lane approach to transit on the heavily travelled north-south corridor running past City Hall. But the southern end of the 47 line, a realigned 27 line and the introduction of a new 11 Downtown Connector promise to provide a better focus to Muni’s SoMa service as well.
Following certification of the environmental review of the Muni’s Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP), a lot of changes to the entire system will begin to kick in. The route of the 47 line below Market Street will be simplified, avoiding the clutter of lines running along 11th Street and creating a much more direct path from Market and Van Ness to the Caltrain Station.
The newly created 11 Downtown Connector, originating at Market and Van Ness, will be one of two lines traveling through the new Folsom Street neighborhood commercial district, with the Montgomery Street BART station as it’s primary destination. The newly designated 27 Folsom line will expand Folsom Street service deep into the Mission.
Muni is sponsoring a series of community meetings and offering other ways to share your opinion. Visit tellmuni.com to give feedback and sign up for updates. The nearest scheduled hearing will be held on Wednesday, February 26, from 6-8 pm at the Bayanihan Community Center, 1010 Mission Street.
In March, the SFMTA Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed service changes and all the community input received.