Kearny Street Multimodal Implementation Plan

PROJECT BACKGROUND

Bush St. looking east from KearneyKearny Street is a major street in the Financial District of San Francisco that carries multiple transportation modes including drivers, transit riders (the 30 Stockton, 8 Bayshore and the 8AX and 8BX Bayshore Express), people walking, and people biking. The street has been identified as a Vision Zero High-Injury Corridor, indicating a high number of severe injuries or fatalities to people using the street. The Kearny/Montgomery corridor was also flagged as a key corridor for improving facilities for people biking as part of the SFMTA 2013 Bicycle Strategy. For more information, please see the SFMTA page and the updated project Allocation Request Form.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND BENEFITS

The Kearny Street Multimodal Implementation NTIP project will help to advance comprehensive enhancements along Kearny Street between Market and Broadway, including a potential reduction in the number of travel lanes, traffic signal timing and phasing modifications, bus stop optimization, and examining Kearny, Stockton and Montgomery streets for new bicycle and transit facilities.

The goal of the project is to collect information to support future decisions on the scale and shape of transportation improvements in this area. Specifically, the project goals include:

  • Identifying the links between transportation and economic development in Chinatown;  
  • Evaluating traffic, bicycle, and transit patterns in the north-south corridor centered on Kearny Street;  
  • Developing a detailed understanding of parking and loading needs in Chinatown that would be affected by future projects; and,
  • Evaluating the effects of a scramble phase at the Columbus/Stockton/Green intersection.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Outreach for this project will be primarily undertaken by a community-based organization, with support from the Commissioner’s office and the SFMTA. The SFMTA will participate in Portsmouth Square project workshops over summer of 2017. The SFMTA will also host one public meeting in cooperation with community organizations and the Commissioner’s office, which will present information, analysis and recommendations contained in a draft report, receive feedback, and gather public input on possible future street designs. The project will culminate in a publicly-available report addressing each of the above project goals and providing recommendations to inform future street designs.

TENTATIVE PROJECT SCHEDULE

  • Delivery of early corridor improvements: [complete]
  • Existing conditions report: June 2017
  • Intercept Survey: September 2017
  • Feasibility Study for scrambles at Columbus/Stockton/Green: November 2017
  • Staff Analysis: December 2017
  • Public Meeting: January 2018
  • Final report: January 2018