Posted October 13, 2016

Regional Travelers Encouraged to Use Public Transit during Van Ness Improvement Project

When the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's (SFMTA) massive three-year Van Ness Improvement Project gets underway on October 24, regional travelers—including Golden Gate Transit bus riders and Golden Gate Bridge motorists who use this busy corridor—will see many changes to the two-mile stretch of Van Ness Avenue between Lombard and Mission streets.

Travel lanes will be reduced from three to two lanes in each direction, most left turns from Van Ness will be removed (except southbound at Broadway, northbound at Lombard, and, for a short time, northbound at Hayes), and most of the median—the raised center island on Van Ness—will be temporarily removed and paved.

What to do? The message is clear—regional travelers are encouraged to take transit! Travelers from the North Bay can ride Golden Gate Transit buses or Golden Gate Larkspur or Sausalito Ferry to San Francisco. Transfers to BART or Muni (buses, streetcars, light rail, or cable cars) can be made throughout the city. Golden Gate Transit bus routing will not change during construction; however, buses may be delayed due to the roadwork.

Visit to plan a trip on transit or call 511 (say “Golden Gate Transit,” then “operator”)/TDD 711. The Golden Gate Customer Service Center is open weekdays from 7AM to 6PM.


The Van Ness Avenue corridor serves as a vital connector of neighborhoods and a regional link for travel between Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties. Van Ness Avenue is one of the busiest north-south corridors in the city, serving over 16,000 Muni customers daily as well as Golden Gate Transit customers. It is part of the California State Highway System and of US Route 101, a primary artery that connects Interstate Highways 280 and 80 with the Golden Gate Bridge.

The improvement project will bring San Francisco its first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, a much-needed and globally-proven solution to improve transit service and address traffic congestion on Van Ness Avenue. To maximize the benefits of construction impacts, the project also includes utility maintenance, civic improvements, and transportation upgrades.

More information

This page will be updated periodically to relay important information about the project. For complete project details, including information about how to stay informed, visit