SFMTA pitches options to fix 5-Fulton 

click to enlarge Busy bus: The Richmond district line, which extends from Ocean Beach to the Financial District, could soon have a 5L-Fulton Limited line to combat crowding. - S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • Busy bus: The Richmond district line, which extends from Ocean Beach to the Financial District, could soon have a 5L-Fulton Limited line to combat crowding.

Riders on the 5-Fulton, one of Muni’s busiest bus lines, could soon speed along quicker during the morning and evening commutes.

Running from the Financial District to Ocean Beach, the 5-Fulton travels mostly through the Richmond district, carrying 19,000 passengers a day. It’s frequently crowded and passengers commonly complain about full buses passing by stops.

To address riders’ concerns, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, has proposed options for improving service, including 5L-Fulton Limited line. That line would make limited stops between Eighth Avenue and Van Ness Avenue, speeding up service and freeing up room for passengers. Between Ocean Beach and Eighth Avenue, 
the 5L-Fulton Limited would make all local stops, as it would between Van Ness Avenue and the Financial District.

The regular 5-Fulton line would continue to operate between the Transbay Terminal and Eighth Avenue, allowing the line to meet passenger demands in the Western Addition.

The SFMTA’s proposal, first developed as part of its 2008 Transit Effectiveness Project, will be discussed at a community meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 21 at 
the Richmond district police station.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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