Western Addition Community-Based Transportation Plan [NTIP Planning]

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The Draft Final Report (17.8 MB PDF) is available for download.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND BENEFITS

Western Addition streetscapeThe Western Addition CBTP will foster collaboration between local residents, community-based organizations, and local governments as well as build community capacity by involving community-based organizations in the planning process. This project will be completed by SFMTA, the lead agency, and will include a robust community outreach strategy as required by the NTIP program.

Potential project concepts for development could include pedestrian improvements along Geary Boulevard or traffic calming along Webster Street, Turk Street, or surrounding John Muir Elementary. The SFMTA will use the community’s input to develop a final conceptual plan that will include conceptual engineering drawings along with funding and implementation strategies. Download the PDF listing of Tasks and Deliverables. For more information, including project contacts, please visit the SFMTA project page and the project's Prop K Allocation Request Form.

PROJECT BACKGROUND

The Western Addition is a traditionally underserved Community of Concern* (CoC) with a high concentration of low-income housing and, as a historic center of San Francisco's African-American community, a large population of minority residents. As a legacy of urban renewal projects in the 20th century, the neighborhood has a number of wide streets, such as Geary Boulevard and Webster Street, and one-way streets, including Turk Street that encourage high vehicle speeds and are detrimental to pedestrian safety. Many of the streets with high speeds have been identified as high-injury corridors through the Vision Zero initiative. The area has one dedicate bike lane on Webster Street and two bike routes along Post and McAllister Streets, however the increasing bicycle volumes in the area warrant a need for additional bike infrastructure.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

The outreach strategy will be developed and prepared in close consultation with a Community Based Organization (CBO) that is included in the project budget.The SFMTA will work with the selected CBO to develop an Outreach Plan that will identify community input needed and best practices in order to encourage community engagement.

A key objective of the plan is to work with community partners to identify transportation needs and create a blueprint for implementation by developing and prioritizing transportation improvements from the community's perspective. In order to assess these needs, the study will include three rounds of public outreach, data collection, and the development and evaluation of up to three conceptual design alternatives.

Western Addition Community Based Transportation Planning area mapThe community outreach process will involve residents in identifying and prioritizing key transportation goals in the Western Addition, such as enhanced pedestrian conditions, streetscape vitality, increased transit service efficiency, and parking management. Community members will help to identify opportunities in how to achieve those transportation goals in order to develop a conceptual plan for the area.

As of winter 2016, three separate outreach events have been completed by SFMTA staff. Outreach events included a meeting with Rosa Parks Elementary School parents, a meeting with Mo’Magic Service Providers, and a senior-focused community meeting.

STUDY AREA

In coordination with Commissioner Breed, the project team has identified community resources and areas to be included in the project area including schools, community centers, senior housing and affordable housing sites. Specific streets, including Geary Boulevard, Turk and Webster Streets, with high vehicle speeds and pedestrian injuries will be included in the study area.

* The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has identified Communities of Concern (CoC) throughout the nine county Bay Area region. MTC's Community Based Transportation Planning (CBTP) grants, one of which will fund the Western Addition Community-Based Transportation Plan, are intended to support community-based planning in the CoC to help build a pipeline of projects that can compete for MTC and other funds. The objectives of MTC's CBTP grant program aligns closely with the Transportation Authority's Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program (NTIP), which will provide the Prop K funds to match the MTC grant.


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