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Van Ness Busses Go Zoom

After what seemed like a decade but was only six years, construction of the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit Project was completed and put into service on April 1. The project included the addition of red transit-only lanes down the center of Van Ness Avenue, upgraded pedestrian crossing signals and utilities, and new landscaping.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi touted the “more than $116 million in federal support for this critical project — one third of its total funding.” She said the BRT system will make commutes easier through the core of the city, reduce congestion, improve safety, and aid in meeting climate goals.

“Not only does this project make Van Ness Avenue a more enjoyable place for residents and visitors to walk, bike, and take public transit, it also helps get people out of their cars,” said Mayor London Breed. “In order to have a San Francisco that is livable and healthy for our residents, we must reduce emissions from transportation and make it easier for people to get around in more sustainable ways.”

The delayed finish to the project at times tested the nerves of local businesses and pedestrians. State Senator Scott Wiener tweeted, “THE DAY HAS FINALLY ARRIVED! Van Ness bus rapid transit is finally in operation! It took too long, but better late than never. We worked so hard to make this a reality. Bus rapid transit is an essential part of a sustainable transportation future. We need more of this & faster.”

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