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Van Ness Dedicated Bus Lanes Could Take Years to Implement

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Today the plan to install dedicated bus lanes down Van Ness Avenue comes before the San Francisco County Transportation Authority board, in what is expected to be the final approval needed to get a construction green light. The plan calls for dedicated bus lanes to be installed down the center of Van Ness, from Mission to Lombard streets. Island boarding platforms would decrease passenger loading and unloading times, while timed traffic lights would provide priority to oncoming buses. The cost to implement the line has risen from $120 to 126 million in 5 years (not too bad), but the estimated service commencement has gone from 2011 to 2018 (very bad). And all this trouble to save riders an average of 6.5 minutes from end to end. Readers, is it all worth it?
·Van Ness bus rapid transit plan set to move forward [SF Examiner]
·Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit Project - Description [SFMTA]
·Faster Muni Coming to Van Ness; Professional Gadflies Sought [Curbed SF]