The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency‘s board of directors has approved a new pilot project to provide additional limited-stop bus service on a crowded bus line that runs from the city’s Richmond District to downtown.

The board on Tuesday approved the new 5L-Fulton line, which is expected to provide between 20 and 30 percent more capacity during peak periods, SFMTA officials said.

The new line, which will require the reconfiguration of lanes and bus stops along certain stretches of the route, is expected to begin operating sometime this fall, agency spokesman Paul Rose said.

On weekdays until 7 p.m., buses on the 5L-Fulton line will make all stops between La Playa and Cabrillo streets and Fulton and Sixth Avenue, then limited stops between there and Market and McAllister streets, SFMTA officials said.

“With this pilot, we’re making a smart investment in the 5-Fulton that will make it easier for riders to get from one end of the city to the other on one of the city’s most utilized routes,” SFMTA board chairman Tom Nolan said in a statement.


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