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Release date: 8/26/11

*** Press Release ***

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all surface transportation in the City, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), today announced that, effective Saturday, Aug. 27, the 5 Fulton Muni trolley bus route will begin to follow the new two-way configuration on McAllister Street between Hyde and Market streets made possible by the overhead contact system (OCS) reconfiguration implemented earlier this month. The change will save the Agency more than $200,000 a year in operating expenses.

“The SFMTA continues to realize efficiencies that will make Muni work better for San Francisco,” said Edward D. Reiskin, Director of Transportation. “Changes such as making the downtown trip more efficient for the 5 Fulton’s nearly 16,000 weekday customers will help make Muni the transportation mode of choice.”

The current 5 Fulton route requires inbound vehicles heading downtown to make a right on Hyde Street and then a left on Market Street. The new route, made possible by new overhead wires in the eastbound direction, will allow buses on this route to go straight to Market Street, saving up to three minutes per trip. The change is taking effect after the testing of the new OCS.

SFMTA customer alerts and notices have been posted at the stop on Market Street that will no longer be served as well as on Muni vehicles. SFMTA Ambassadors have been deployed this week to provide information to 5 Fulton customers about the new route.

In addition to the reconfiguration of the OCS on McAllister Street east of Hyde Street, other traffic changes, effective Aug. 4, were made to support the Muni service route change:

  • Charles J. Brenham Place (7th Street north of Market) is two-way.
  • Muni, commercial vehicles and bicycles are allowed to travel eastbound on McAllister Street between Hyde Street and Charles J. Brenham Place
  • All other eastbound McAllister traffic continues to turn right at Hyde Street.
  • Only bicycles, taxis and Muni vehicles are allowed to turn east on Market Street from McAllister Street; all other traffic is required to turn right onto Market Street.
  • All traffic may turn right from northbound Charles J. Brenham Place (7th Street north of Market Street) onto eastbound McAllister Street to access the block between Charles J. Brenham Place and Jones Street.

The attached maps show the changes in the traffic configuration.

The SFMTA’s Capital Investment Program includes the rehabilitation of the aging trolley bus OCS in various parts of the City. This vital work includes replacing existing poles and overhead wires. Rehabilitation of the OCS improves safety and service reliability and helps keep Muni in a state of good repair. The OCS construction began last summer and was part of the 21 Hayes Pole Replacement project.

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