Muni Changes Impact Popular USF Routes

Photo by Alexander Crook/Foghorn
Photo by Alexander Crook/Foghorn

After MUNI’s $129 million budget deficit in December, bus routes and service hours were cut in hopes to save money–$3.2 million according to Although the busiest lines in San Francisco received an increase in service frequency, bus routes running along the USF area received both increased and cut-down service changes. These are only a few of the changes to take note of:

5 Fulton: Frequency increased/evening service extended

Frequency on the 5 Fulton will increase during peak periods. Evening service on the 5 Fulton will be extended from Jones/McAllister streets to the Transbay Terminal. Owl Service will begin earlier, at 12:45 a.m. and the Owl terminal will remain at Market and McAllister streets.

21 Hayes: Segment eliminated/service hours reduced/stops removed

The segment of the 21 Hayes between 6th Avenue and Stanyan Street will be eliminated. The last bus to Downtown will depart at 11:50 p.m. and the last bus from Downtown will depart at 12:30 a.m. Stops removed at Hayes & Ashbury and Hayes & Cole.

Nearby Muni Service: Muni’s 5 Fulton provides similar service.

31 Balboa: Frequency and service hours reduced

Frequency on the 31 Balboa will decrease during peak periods to every 12 minutes. The last bus to Downtown will depart at 11:55 p.m. and the last bus from Downtown will depart at 12:40 a.m.

38 Geary/38 Geary Owl: Segments eliminated

Segments of the 38 Geary and 38 Geary Owl will be eliminated along the Ocean Beach branch on Balboa Street, 45th Avenue and Cabrillo Street. The 38 Geary Owl will provide service to 48th and Point Lobos avenues.

Nearby Muni Service: Muni’s rerouted 18 46th Avenue provides nearby service to Geary Boulevard, 31 Balboa provides nearby service to Downtown and 5 Fulton Owl provides nearby service to Downtown during the Owl period.

38 Geary Limited: Frequency increased/ service hours expanded

The 38L Geary Limited will have more service during peak periods, and service hours will be expanded to operate to Downtown until 7:50 p.m. and from Downtown until 8:55 p.m.

Service changes courtesy of

* Peak period refers to weekday morning and evening rush hour service, approximately 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. The last bus departures listed for routes are for weekdays.

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