The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) yesterday announced the award of $75 million in federal grant funds for construction of the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, which will significantly improve transit service in one of the busiest bus corridors in San Francisco.
The two-mile BRT line will operate in dedicated lanes along U.S. Highway 101/Van Ness Avenue, a key route for commuters traveling between the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco. The project includes nine side-platform stations with low-floor bus boarding and passenger shelters, as well as traffic signal priority, pedestrian improvements, and the purchase of new buses.
“The FTA is awarding highly competitive grant funds for this project because there is a clear need for better alternatives to traffic-congested roads in San Francisco,” said FTA Acting Administrator Carolyn Flowers, in a release. “For many of the residents in this corridor who rely on public transportation, the Van Ness BRT will reduce transit travel times, improve transit service reliability and provide a more enjoyable ride.”
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is receiving approximately $45 million through the FTA’s Capital Investment Grant (CIG) program, as well as $30 million in FTA Bus and Bus Facilities funds toward the $223 million project. The remaining cost is being covered by other federal, state, and local sources.
SFMTA anticipates the Van Ness BRT service will open in 2020 and provide 52,400 average weekday trips in the opening year.