Transit boom in the works 

The redeveloped Bayview and Hunters Point neighborhoods will feature $229 million in transportation improvements, including elevated rapid-bus lines, extensions to existing Muni service, new bike paths and improved pedestrian walkways.

Under the long-term transit proposal — a joint effort between the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni, and the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development — existing local bus lines like the 23-Monterey, the 54-Felton and the 24-Divisadero would be extended to better serve the Candlestick Point and Hunters Point neighborhoods.

The bus lines would also be realigned to connect more efficiently with BART and Caltrain, said SFMTA Deputy Planning Director Peter Albert, who presented the plan at the agency’s Board of Directors meeting Tuesday.

The southeastern neighborhood would also benefit from a new bus rapid transit line — a dedicated lane for swift-moving transit vehicles — set to carry passengers from Candlestick Point to the Bayshore Caltrain and Balboa Park BART stations. The BRT line will run over a bridge proposed to be built on top of Yosemite Slough, a delicate environmental site in the area.

Two new downtown buses, slated for service between the Financial District and Hunters Point, are also among the transit plans.

The Hunters Point Transportation Plan includes biking and walking improvements in the neighborhood, which has long lacked the proper infrastructure planning found in other areas of The City, Albert said.

The new bike paths in the area will connect cyclists with the San Francisco Bay Trail, a coastal nature route that runs along the waterfront. Pedestrian improvements will be based upon a new grid system set to come from the Hunters Point development.

In the works for the better part of 17 years, the Candlestick Point-Hunters Point Shipyard Development Plan is scheduled to be fully implemented by 2030. The environmental impact report of the plan will go before the Planning Commission and the Redevelopment Agency in June. Because the project is expected to be funded from profits of the development, the transportation aspect of the plan is not expected to impact the SFMTA’s budget.

Long-term transportation proposal

$2.2 billion Total cost

$1.2 billion Cost of public infrastructure

$229 million Cost of transit

2030 Year plan is expected to be fully implemented

Source: Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development

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