Kearny Street Multimodal Implementation Plan

PROJECT BACKGROUND

Bush St. looking east from KearneyKearny Street is a major street in San Francisco’s financial district that carries multiple transportation modes including drivers, transit riders, pedestrians, and cyclists. Kearny currently experiences particularly high pedestrian volumes: approximately 800 to 1600 pedestrians cross Kearny at each intersection during the evening peak hour (5:00-6:00 PM) alone. Pedestrian safety is a major concern on Kearny, largely because of excessive car speeds and high volumes of turning vehicles. The street is currently listed as a Vision Zero High Injury Corridor, indicating a high number of severe injuries or fatalities to people using the street. The street is also an important Muni corridor and has been identified as a high injury corridor for bicyclists as well. 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 aims to improve multimodal safety and performance along Kearny street and potentially portions of Montgomery street as well. The following goals will guide NTIP planning efforts:

  • Improve pedestrian safety along Kearny Street
  • Enhance transit performance along Kearny Street
  • Develop north- and south-bound bicycle facilities along Kearny and/or Montgomery streets

The project will specifically help to advance comprehensive transit, pedestrian, and bicycle enhancements along Kearny Street between Market and Broadway streets. Enhancements include a potential reduction in the number of travel lanes, traffic signal timing and phasing modifications, bus stop optimization, and the examination of new bicycle facilities on Kearny and Montgomery streets. The feasibility of exclusive pedestrian signal phases (“scrambles”) will be investigated, along with the potential development of north-and-south bound bicycle facilities on Kearny and/or Montgomery streets. The study focus will be on improvements that can be delivered quickly,  and therefore will not include longer-term substantial streetscape improvements (e.g., sidewalk widening).

Project Area

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

The SFMTA will work closely with the SFCTA and district supervisors to identify key neighborhood groups/stakeholders and additional opportunities for outreach. Outreach activities will also work to catalog known issues in the planning effort areas. Potential stakeholder groups include the Chinatown Community Development Corporation, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Walk San Francisco, the San Francisco Planning Department, and other community organizations as identified/requested.

TENTATIVE PROJECT SCHEDULE

  • Delivery of early corridor improvements: [complete]
  • Existing conditions report: June 2016
  • First public meeting: July 2016
  • Refinement of design concepts: Summer 2016
  • Second public meeting:  Fall, 2016
  • Environmental review and legislation: Summer 2016–early 2017
  • Final public meeting: early 2017
  • Final design: Spring–Summer 2017
  • Final report: late summer 2017