We’ve all fantasized about BART being useful from anywhere in the city. The prospect of being able to go from, say, the Outer Richmond to Union Square in 20 minutes or go from barhopping on Polk Street to clubhopping in SOMA in 15 minutes would make the average San Franciscan salivate more than a super El Farolito burrito. But like a good drug rush, the euphoria evaporates once you come down and realize new BART lines will never appear in our lifetimes.
So we decided to do the next best thing and create our fantasy BART map for San Francisco. Though it’s pure fiction, we like to base our dreams in reality. So these suggested lines were inspired by special maps from the planning department that measure job and population density and traffic in the city. San Francisco, this is our new BART proposal for you.
Yellow: Geary Line
The Yellow/Geary line is a no-brainer. Geary is one of the busiest streets in the city and anyone who commutes on the packed 38 Muni line would no doubt greet this train as a savior. The Yellow would run out through the Richmond and then down through the Sunset, passing by SFSU and ending in Daly City. This would help loosen Sunset Blvd. congestion.
Blue: Van Ness Line
The Van Ness route was the next obvious choice, as there's been much discussion about putting a rapid bus line on this major corridor. After the Market/Van Ness intersection, we decided to loop the BART through the Mission at 16th street, thus connecting two busy and lively neighborhoods, and then extend it up through SOMA (another popular nightlife destination) on its way over into Oakland.
Pink: Divisadero Line
This line would provide a crucial north-south pathway in the middle of the city. The blocks in close proximity to the Pink stations have higher job density than the other neighborhoods outside the downtown corridor.
Teal: Lombard Line
The Marina stretch of Lombard Street is one of the most dangerous roads in the city for pedestrians, and that’s because traffic there rivals the Bay Bridge at rush hour. The Teal Line is perfect for Marina and Russian Hill dwellers who work downtown or go to baseball games, tourists who want to go to Fisherman’s Wharf/North Beach, and for people who work in the burgeoning biotech sector in the Mission Bay neighborhood. We also extended the line down south to serve the southeast area of The Mission, Bernal Heights, and Visitacion Valley because those are some of the least walkable parts of SF.
Purple: Panhandle Line.
Every station on this line serves a denser than average area; the Inner Sunset station alone would provide access to one of the most concentrated areas for jobs in the western half of the city. This route would also bring relief to the overcrowded N-Judah Muni line.
If you have any ideas, recommendations, or overall musings about our map, let us know in the comments section.
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