Expanding the Rapid Network

To make it more efficient to travel on our most heavily used routes, we’re creating a Rapid Network that will prioritize frequency and reliability. Our rapid routes are expected to carry 70 percent of customers. They will form the backbone of the Muni network. The Rapid Network includes the 5R, 7R, 9R, 14R, 28R, 38R, J, K/T, L, M, and N.

Muni will still offer end-to-end coverage of the city that puts a Muni stop with a quarter mile of every San Francisco resident. This unparalleled access to bus and rail service allows customers to combine trips on routes and lines to get anywhere in the city, mostly within reach of a short walk or minimal number of transfers. Watch our short video to learn more about the rapid network and other system improvements making it easier and safer to get around San Francisco.

Muni will also continue to provide our signature specialized services including express service, late evening “Owl” service, and special event trips to serve sporting events, large festivals and other San Francisco activities.


What Makes a Rapid Network Rapid

Muni train on city streets

In most cities, a Rapid Network is bus service with dedicated lanes and vehicles that allows transit to move swiftly on the street. But San Francisco is different. Our Rapid Network uses transit priority lanes with efficient stop spacing to move buses more efficiently along their routes. We’re creating better boarding zones to make it safer and faster for passengers to get on board, and making it easier to find our bus stops and shelters with improved signage.

On Rapid Network lines, we will also give buses and trains the green light on the street to reduce delays. Learn more about the entire Rapid Network.

On April 25, 2015 we launched our new “Rapid Network,” which will make travel on Muni’s most heavily used routes quicker and more efficient. As part of the Rapid Network rollout, the name “Rapid” (R) replaced “Limited” (L) for limited-stop routes. “Rapid” routes encompass all the benefits of the “Limited” routes but will see increases in frequency and reliability in the coming months as the routes receive additional investment in transit priority improvements.

New Muni Map
Along with the Rapid Network, we’ve rolled out a new, more legible Muni map that is streamlined and designed to convey the frequency of service on any given route. The map uses different colors and thickness of lines to differentiate between the most frequent service (Metro, Rapid, Express) and local transit service. You can see the map in Muni shelters,
and it’s also available to view here.

These improvements will be funded through the San Francisco Transportation and Road Improvement Bond – Proposition A, approved by voters in 2014. Prop A was a recommendation proposed in San Francisco’s Transportation2030. Learn more about Transportation 2030.