15th Avenue and Taraval station

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Taraval and 15th Avenue
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Inbound train at 15th Avenue and Taraval, May 2018.JPG
Inbound train at 15th Avenue and Taraval in 2018
Location 15th Avenue at Taraval Street
San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°44′36″N 122°28′17″W / 37.74325°N 122.47137°W / 37.74325; -122.47137Coordinates: 37°44′36″N 122°28′17″W / 37.74325°N 122.47137°W / 37.74325; -122.47137
Owned by MUNI
Connections Bus transport Muni: L Owl
Opened April 12, 1919[1]
Rebuilt 2018-2020 (planned)
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg Muni Metro   Following station
One-way operation
L Taraval
toward Embarcadero

Taraval and 15th Avenue is a light rail stop on the Muni Metro L Taraval line, located in the Parkside neighborhood of San Francisco, California. The station opened with the first section of the L Taraval line on April 12, 1919.

Planned changes[edit]

Two trains at the stop in September 2017

Like many stations on the line, 15th Avenue and Taraval has no platforms; trains stop at marked poles before the cross street, and passengers cross parking lanes to board. In March 2014, Muni released details of the proposed implementation of their Transit Effectiveness Project (later rebranded MuniForward), which included a variety of stop changes for the L Taraval line. Transit bulbs would be added to the 15th Avenue and Taraval stop to allow passenger to board without crossing auto traffic; the inbound platform would be moved around the corner onto Taraval.[2]

On September 20, 2016, the SFMTA Board approved the L Taraval Rapid Project. Construction will occur from 2018 to 2020.[3][4] As proposed in 2014, a bulb would be added at the existing outbound stop location, with a second bulb at the relocated inbound stop.[5]

However, in January 2018, Muni offered a revised proposal in response to community pressure not to close the inbound stop at Taraval and 17th Avenue. The inbound stop at 15th and Taraval would be closed; inbound riders would use the new platform east of 17th Avenue, or the relocated Ulloa and 14th Avenue stop. The outbound stop would remain in service, with the previously planned bulb constructed.[6] The SFMTA Board approved the plan in July 2018.[7]


  1. ^ Perles, Anthony (1981). The People's Railway: The History of the Municipal Railway of San Francisco. Interurban Press. p. 75. ISBN 0916374424. 
  2. ^ "Chapter 3: Proposals by Route". Transit Effectiveness Project Implementation Workbook (PDF). San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. March 24, 2014. pp. 60–62. 
  3. ^ Rodriguez, Joe Fitzgerald (September 20, 2016). "SFMTA approves controversial L-Taraval changes in name of safety". San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved September 11, 2017. 
  4. ^ "L Taraval Rapid Project Approved by SFMTA Board" (Press release). San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. September 20, 2016. 
  5. ^ "L Taraval Proposal Detail" (PDF). San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. 2016. 
  6. ^ "Supervisor Yee and SFMTA collaborate to preserve stop at local Safeway" (Press release). San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. January 26, 2018. 
  7. ^ Chinn, Jerold (July 18, 2018). "Muni preserves L-Taraval 'Safeway' stop at 17th Avenue". SFBay. 

External links[edit]

Media related to 15th Avenue and Taraval station at Wikimedia Commons