Muni Announces Return of Routes, Service Increases

More buses connections will occur at City College Terminal in 2022 as Muni restores service to pre-pandemic levels. Alex Mullaney/Ingleside Light

Several Muni bus lines that cross through the Ingleside neighborhood will return to their pre-pandemic route in the coming months as part of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s plan to bring back pre-pandemic transit service.

Last month, the SFMTA Board of Directors approved a plan that will bring most Muni daytime routes back into service, including the 8AX Bayshore Express route, which begins and ends at the City College Terminal. The SFMTA plans to bring back the 8AX on March 5.

Originally, the 8AX was not part of the agency’s next phase of restoring Muni service, but residents, community members and Board of Supervisors President Shanmann Walton, advocated for the return of the 8AX because it was a way for residents in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood to get Chinatown either for work or to get groceries. 

The local 8-Bayshore route is currently running, but was unreliable, advocates said.

Officials said the 8AX will run every eight minutes on weekdays during peak morning and evening commute times. 

Riders also demanded for the J Church to return back into the subway. During the pandemic, the J has only been making stops between Balboa Park and Church Street and Duboce Avenue, forcing riders to make a transfer to the Market Street subway on Church Street and Market Street. The J will return to the subway in February running every 15 minutes.

Additionally, the 43 Masonic will return to its pre-pandemic route by heading into the Presidio again as well making stops in the Marina and at Fort Mason. The 43 currently terminates on California Street and Presidio Avenue. The 23 Monterey will also return to its pre-pandemic route alignment in March.

The 29 Sunset is also set to see a one minute frequency improvement starting in March from 10 minutes to nine minutes.

Other Muni service routes are planned to return in June, including the 2 Clement, 6 Haight/Parnassus and the 28R 19th Avenue.

More information about the Muni’s upcoming service changes, visit the SFMTA’s website.