Van Ness Improvement Project Update

As the construction on Van Ness Avenue continues, we want to keep you up to date on what it’s all about and attempt to simplify the information SFMTA is giving out.

The Van Ness Improvement Project has three main goals

1) speed up bus service all along Van Ness (this project is called Bus Rapid Transit)

2) improve pedestrian safety

3) update the water and sewage systems beneath the road

Construction is expected to last until late 2019, so settle in. However, the city has promised to make every effort to maintain traffic flow during construction, which means that much of the current phase will be executed between 10pm and 5am. They also plan to work with business owners along Van Ness to ensure deliveries aren’t interrupted.

Some of the major changes they plan to implement include:

  • public transit only lanes, physically separated from the other lanes with bus shelters
  • enhanced traffic signals (meaning that they will wait to turn red for a few seconds if a bus is approaching an intersection)
  • safety enhancements for pedestrians (including medians refuges)
  • replacing the water main and building an underground sewage system, by digging trenches and laying new sewer and water pipelines

The website for the project can be found here, and you can sign up there for updates here and to find information on upcoming project meetings if you’d like to join in. We will also continue to update you here.

If you have questions about the project you can go to their drop in hours at

180 Redwood Street, 3rd Floor (near Van Ness and Golden Gate)

Tuesdays 2:00-4:00 p.m and Fridays 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

or contact them by email or phone:

  • 415.646.2310