Skip to content.

Release date: May 3, 2013

*** Press Release ***

Note: The map of the new bus loop (.pdf) and customer information flyer (.pdf) are attached.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced that construction on the Phelan Loop Relocation project will be completed this weekend, and the new terminal will open for bus traffic on Monday, May 6. The SFMTA reconfigured the terminal for the 49 Van Ness-Mission and 8X/8BX Bayshore Express routes to free-up the surrounding land for mixed-use affordable housing and a public plaza that will better integrate this key location at Ocean and Phelan avenues with the City College of San Francisco campus and the Ocean Avenue merchant corridor.

The Phelan Loop portion of the project will utilize part of the existing loop as well as underutilized public land north of Fire Station 15, with buses exiting onto southbound Phelan Avenue. The new loop will have all new boarding islands, bus shelters, sidewalks, lighting and landscaping. The project will also make pedestrian safety improvements to the Phelan and Ocean avenue intersection, in addition to upgrading the fire station and building a new restroom for Muni bus operators.

The new terminal will change bus stop locations for the 49 Van Ness-Mission line and the 8X/8BX Bayshore Express routes at or adjacent to the existing bus loop as follows and as illustrated on the attached map:

  • The existing stop for the 49 Route, where the old Phelan loop meets Lee Avenue, will be discontinued. The new stop is at a boarding island inside the new loop, adjacent to Phelan Avenue.
  • The stop for the 8X/8BX routes, currently on the south side of Ocean Avenue near Geneva Avenue, will be discontinued and replaced by a stop on the south sidewalk of the new loop, adjacent to Phelan Avenue. 

All other Muni stops in the area for the 29 Sunset, 91 Owl and 43 Masonic routes and the K Ingleside Line will remain the same.

SFMTA Customer Service Ambassadors will be onsite during commute hours starting Monday and continuing through Friday, May 10 to answer questions and provide assistance. Leaflets are being distributed and posted near the stops this week to alert customers to the upcoming changes. Additional signage at key locations will advise customers of the discontinued stops and guide them to the new boarding locations.

"The opening of the reconfigured Phelan bus layover is an important step in the redevelopment of the loop area,” said Dan Weaver, Executive Director, Ocean Avenue Association. “Ocean Avenue merchants and property owners look forward to the construction of the new retail-residential building and the public plaza that will be a pedestrian connection between the avenue and City College campus and a place for events such as a farmers' market."

“The Mayor’s Office of Housing (MOH) is pleased to partner with the Balboa Park community, the SFMTA, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and the development partnership of Mercy Housing & Bernal Heights Housing Corporation to deliver sustainable, affordable housing and transit amenities to the Ocean Avenue corridor,” said Gigi Whitley, Deputy Director, MOH.

The Ocean Avenue Public Plaza will serve as an attractive pedestrian link between Muni’s K Line stops on Ocean Avenue, the expanded City College campus, the new Phelan Loop bus terminal, and the MOH housing development. The construction of the plaza will be coordinated with that of the mixed-use housing construction, which will break ground later this year. A naming contest for the plaza will also be held this summer.

The Phelan Loop development project, in conjunction with the adjacent Ocean Avenue Public Plaza project, is a key component of the Balboa Park Station Area Plan. The plan was the result of more than 10 years of neighborhood-driven planning that culminated in the approval of the plan by the Board of Supervisors in 2008.

For updates, please visit

telephone311 Free language assistance / 免費語言協助 / Ayuda gratuita con el idioma / Бесплатная помощь переводчиков / Trợ giúp Thông dịch Miễn phí / Assistance linguistique gratuite / 無料の言語支援 / 무료 언어 지원 / Libreng tulong para sa wikang Tagalog / คว“มช่วยเหลือท“งภ“ษ“โดยไม่เส’ยค่าใช้จ่าย


©2000-2013 San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. All rights reserved.