Transportation Authority Releases Lombard "Crooked Street" Study (February 2017)
| Transportation Authority Releases 2016 Annual Report (January 2017)
Core Capacity Transit Study Wants Your Input (January 2017)
The Lombard “Crooked Street,” with its distinctive switchbacks, flowers, and vistas draws visitors from both around the world and locally. As overall tourism to the street has increased in recent years, issues of vehicle and pedestrian crowd control have become more challenging.
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority on Feb. 16 released the “Lombard Study: Managing Access to the “Crooked Street.”
The report details four recommended strategies for further planning, analysis and development. These strategies are:
- Improved Enforcement of Existing Regulations
- Engagement of Tourism Industry as Partners in Visitor Management
- Engineering and Signage Enhancements
- Reservations and Pricing System for Vehicles: Admission Fee with a Discount for Advanced Reservations
Each of the recommended solutions involves very specific next steps and differing timelines and will need to be adopted by the SFCTA Board in order to move forward.
The San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department on February 4 opened the Mansell Streetscape, a $7 million project to convert two busy lanes of vehicle traffic to permanent pedestrian- and bicycle-only pathways in McLaren Park.
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority helped fund this first-of-its-kind project with half-cent for transportation sales tax, Proposition AA vehicle license fees and regional grants.
Thanks to Commissioners Malia Cohen, Ahsha Safai and Hillary Ronen, as well as former Commissioners John Avalos and David Campos for their support. Thank you to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency for support on this transformational project.
Input and advocacy from the Portola, Excelsior and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods was also crucial in moving this project forward. Thank you to all those community members who gave their time and energy.
2016 was another busy year for the Transportation Authority as we planned, funded and delivered transportation improvements citywide.
Highlights include construction of the agency’s first major capital project: the new westbound I-80 on- and off-ramps connecting Yerba Buena Island/Treasure Island to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Other major efforts during the year were the certification of the Environmental Impact Report for Geary Bus Rapid Transit; launching a novel crowding reduction program with BART; and initiating a framework for major transit investments with Subway Vision.
Meanwhile, the agency made strides working side-by-side with residents on neighborhood-scale planning projects across the city to improve access, transit performance and the street network.
CORE CAPACITY TRANSIT STUDY WANTS YOUR INPUT
- Wednesday, Feb. 1, 6p-8p at SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco.
- Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6p-8p at SPUR Oakland, 1544 Broadway, Oakland.
The study is a joint effort of five transit operators: BART, Muni, AC Transit, Caltrain, and the Water Emergency Transportation Authority, in coordination with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).
To find out more about the meetings or the study, visit www.mtc.ca.gov/core_capacity.
TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY BOARD APPROVES ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT, SELECTS DESIGN
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority Board—comprised of members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors—unanimously approved the Geary Bus Rapid Transit Project design and the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) at their meeting on Thursday, January 5, 2017.
The ultimate project design approved by the Transportation Authority reflected significant public input and culminated more than eight years of outreach by the project team to residents, community leaders, advocates and merchants from the Outer Richmond to Downtown.
Community feedback throughout the outreach process, which included over 260 stakeholder meetings, resulted in:
- Preserving a local bus stop at Collins Street and Rapid stop at Laguna Street
- Retaining the pedestrian bridge at Webster Street
- Preserving merchant parking in the Richmond District, including at Spruce Street, where all existing parking and loading will be maintained with a local-only bus stop; and
- Adding more safety improvements to intersections with high collision rates for pedestrians and cyclists.
To learn more about the project, milestones or Final Environmental Impact Report, visit GearyBRT.org.