Making the System Smarter

We’re improving our use of technology and infrastructure to make Muni smarter, faster, and more reliable. Watch our short video to learn how we’re making it easier and safer to get around San Francisco.

Transit Signal Priority

One thing that can slow down transit is long waits at traffic signals. To help alleviate this problem and improve reliability, we are in the process of replacing over half of the transit signals in San Francisco with new signals that can detect an on-coming Muni bus or train and hold the green light. This allows the transit vehicle to make it to the next stop without having to wait at a red light. Early projects include upgrades to signals on 3rd Street, Irving Street, Judah Street, Taraval Street, Mission Street, and Geneva Avenue.

New Transportation Management Center

We’re creating a new, state-of-the-art Transportation Management Center (TMC) to improve communications with Muni bus and train drivers, monitor service performance, and manage traffic flow and the enforcement of traffic rules in the city. Eventually, the TMC will replace the old and outdated Muni Control Center and combine bus and rail operations and communications with traffic control and enforcement so we can more effectively manage and deploy resources to reduce delays to Muni and other traffic. We believe this new approach will revolutionize how transit service is managed in San Francisco.

Radio Project

We are installing new radios in our buses and trains. The existing radio network is outdated and allows for only one-way communication with an individual vehicle that is in service. Old radios are being replaced with new technology that allows for improved communications with the new Transportation Management Center. New radios will improve communications between bus and train operators and the supervisors that help manage service. They will also assist with our transit signal priority project. The new signals will recognize when a bus or train is approaching an intersection, if it is on-time, and how many people are on-board to minimize delays for customers by holding the green light as appropriate.

We’re also replacing and rehabilitating our fleet of buses and trains. Learn more.

These improvements require an investment to make them a reality. Learn more about Transportation 2030.