View looking east down Geary Boulevard at 33rd Avenue. To the right is the median strip to be replaced with bus-only lanes and the trees that will be cut down to make room. Photos by Thomas K. Pendergast
by Thomas K. Pendergast
Opponents of the Geary Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project planned for Geary Boulevard released in May the opening arguments in a lawsuit filed against two San Francisco transportation agencies to derail the BRT.
San Franciscans for Sensible Transit (SFST), a local group that filed the lawsuit, is hoping to slow the Geary BRT down and to get a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the project.
The suit was filed in early 2017, but in May the lawyers for SFST filed their opening remarks, giving more details about their claims of mismanagement and public manipulation.
The Geary BRT would strip Geary Boulevard of its traffic islands and the trees on them, replacing them with long stretches of dedicated bus-only red lanes along much of the major transit artery in the Richmond District. The boulevard would be reduced from three lanes in each direction to two.
The Muni #38-Geary bus route carries an average of 52,000 passengers a day.