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Circulation, Transportation, and Parking

Transit is a key access mode for commuters and visitors to SFSU, and these trips contribute to the University’s important role as the main transit anchor for the southwest quadrant of San Francisco Muni and BART are the most heavily utilized transit systems with 21 percent of SFSU commuters riding Muni and 20 percent riding BART for some portion of their journey to campus. Of those commuters who ride Muni to campus, 49 percent ride bus route 28, and 39 percent ride Metro M Line for some portion of their journey to campus.

The Muni Route 28 and Metro M Line do not have sufficient capacity to meet demand adequately and comfortably. This is most apparent during the morning and afternoon peak commute periods when packed M trains and 28 buses load or unload passengers at SFSU.

While transit capacity issues and potential improvements are highlighted in existing transportation plans for San Francisco, the total package of proposed improvements is not attached to funds and may therefore take decades to implement if there is no advocacy or support for particular projects. As the main transit anchor for the entire southwest quadrant of San Francisco, SFSU has the potential to make a great impact on transit services if it chooses to participate in current and future planning processes affecting 19th Avenue and the wider City and County of San Francisco. Key transit-related issues to be addressed by SFSU through active participation include:
  • Addressing multimodal transportation concerns along 19th Avenue;
  • Addressing pedestrian concerns between the M Metro Line stop and the campus on 19th Avenue;
  • Improving speed, reliability and signal priority for the M Metro Line and Route 28; and
  • Restructuring circuitous bus routes including Route 17 and 18 to alleviate the demand for the 28 and M lines
In addition to services provided by outside agencies, the quality of transit service at SFSU is affected by a number of facilities on or adjacent to University land. Bus shelters provided on campus offer little protection from rain and wind and no route maps or schedules are posted to provide information on the bus or shuttle services. For riders with visual impairments, there is no tactile wayfinding and it may be difficult to locate the appropriate bus stop pole when the area is crowded or when multiple bus lines pull into the stop together. Heavy traffic, wide crossing distances, and high transit loads also create safety concerns for commuters moving between the M Line station and the University.

Map showing transit routes

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