The Bayview Hunters Point Neighborhood Transportation Plan (NTP) is different from most other planning processes in the community. The NTP is:
- Community-based; and
- Focused on practical solutions that can be implemented relatively quickly.
There are other high-profile transportation and redevelopment projects underway in Bayview Hunters Point (BVHP). Most of these, however, have much longer timeframes than the Neighborhood Transportation Plan. The NTP's focus is on existing issues and concerns, in order to develop smaller-scale solutions to benefit current members of the community.
NTPs are based on the idea that every community has unique transportation needs, that community members are most aware of these issues, and that many needs can be addressed quickly and relatively inexpensively using available funding sources.
In other words: Neighborhood Transportation Plans are about finding out from the community what problems need to be solved, identifying the problems that can realistically be solved (or at least partially solved) soon, and matching money to solutions.
The broad study area for the NTP is the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. Some of the Plan's recommendations will be developed for key locations or corridors, while other recommendations may apply throughout the neighborhood. Following the NTP's completion, the Transportation Authority will work with City agencies and community members to secure funding and advance the community's highest priority improvements in the near- to mid-term (2-5 years).
In other communities in San Francisco, neighborhood plans have often recommended some construction. Streets are redesigned to calm traffic and improve conditions for pedestrians, bicyclists, and Muni riders. Amenities such as better bus stops, brighter lighting and landscaping are added.
In BVHP, all of these are possibilities, but the Study Team is also looking at creative solutions, such as working with community groups to improve shuttle services and other mobility strategies within the community. Parking management, pedestrian safety, and Third Street corridor challenges are also key transportation issues in BVHP.
While the Transportation Authority's planning team offers experience and technical know-how, ultimately, decisions about what sorts of improvements should be made are up to the BVHP community. The graphic below illustrates the neighborhood plan approach: the Study Team aims to partner with the community to improve transportation for existing residents, businesses, and other important members of BVHP.
The Bayview Hunters Point NTP is a relatively short planning effort, which will take about one year to complete.
- Winter/Spring 2009: Study startup
- Spring 2009: Review of Past Studies, initial agency coordination
- Spring/Summer 2009: Existing Conditions Analysis and Initial Outreach
- Summer/Fall 2009: Continuing Outreach and Issues Prioritization
- Fall 2009: Solutions Development and Evaluation
- Fall/Winter 2009: Project Refinement & Readiness
- Spring/Summer 2010: Implementation/Funding Plan and Final Report
Following the adoption of the NTP Final Report by the Transportation Authority Board, the Transportation Authority will continue to work with partner agencies to advance plan recommendations for funding and implementation.
The Transportation Authority's neighborhood transportation planning (NTP) program is an outgrowth of the 2004 San Francisco Countywide Transportation Plan, which identified the need to utilize community-based planning in order to identify and build consensus on neighborhood transportation needs and appropriate solutions. San Francisco's Prop K sales tax program provides significant funding to respond to neighborhood transportation needs through planning, design, and implementation of transit, traffic calming, pedestrian and bicycle safety and circulation, parking management, and streetscape improvements.
The NTP program seeks to address the transportation concerns of local neighborhoods while building the capacity of neighborhood-level stakeholders and community-based organizations to understand and participate meaningfully in the transportation planning process. The Bayview Hunters Point NTP is one of several studies that the Transportation Authority has undertaken or will undertake as part of the Community-Based Transportation Planning (CBTP) program sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Area's regional transportation planning and funding agency, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC). In each of the Bay Aea's nine counties, the county Congestion Management Agency (CMA) leads implementation of the CBTP program. The Transportation Authority is San Francisco's CMA.
The goal of MTC's CBTP program is to address and advance the findings of the Lifeline Transportation Network report adopted by MTC in 2001. This report identified transportation needs in economically disadvantaged communities throughout the Bay Area and recommended initiation of community-based transportation planning as a first step to address these needs. Recommendations emerging from these planning efforts are prioritized for funding under certain important funding programs, including the Lifeline Transportation Program (LTP), which is administered at the regional level by MTC and in San Francisco by the Transportation Authority.
The Bayview Hunters Point NTP is funded by MTC, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and Prop K.