The first red paint that will designate Muni-only lanes hit the ground on Mission Street early Monday morning, signaling the start of a dramatic overhaul of the corridor’s traffic.
When finished, these “red carpet” lanes, as they are known, will secure a clear road for the 14-Mission and 49-Van Ness/Mission buses, speeding the ride for 65,000 riders.
Though the transit-only lanes will save just five minutes of travel time per trip, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency estimates that each rider will save 43 hours of travel time each year.
The idea that the red lanes are “painted” is a bit of a misnomer – the lanes are actually created by adhering red thermoplastic to the cement, according to the SFMTA.
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