The Early Action Program represents the first five years of investments included in the 30-year long-range San Francisco Transportation Plan (SFTP), and will include funding for transportation improvements in every part of the city from 2014-2019. The Early Action Program uses the Prop K half-cent transportation sales tax and its ability to leverage federal, state, and other funds to direct hundreds of millions of dollars toward SFTP investments in the next five years. Funding in the Early Action Program will advance SFTP investment priorities including:
- State of good repair (e.g. roadway re-surfacing, new Muni vehicles to replace old ones);
- Complete streets (e.g. setting aside funds to add complete streets elements to paving projects);
- Community partnerships (e.g. through community-wide Transportation Demand Management pilots); and
- System efficiency/enhancement projects such as Geary and Geneva Bus Rapid Transit.
The Early Action Program can also support the SFTP’s call for addressing equity issues and improving mobility in neighborhoods citywide. For example, one barrier to making improvements to equity can be the lack of community-based and technically vetted transportation plans, to identify top needs and projects. To overcome this barrier, we have proposed that the Early Action Program include a Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program to provide planning and project development resources for each district to aid Communities of Concern and other neighborhoods with high unmet needs but no or weak pipelines of projects to undertake neighborhood transportation planning studies and strengthen grant-ready project pipelines. We are working with project sponsors and Board members to refine a list of these proposed neighborhood projects. Click on the image (above right) to see a map with sample projects in each of San Francisco's eleven supervisorial districts.
Early Action Program Themes
The Early Action Program includes a number of themes, many of which are influenced by the analysis and recommendations included in the SFTP.
- Increased Pedestrian Safety
- Addressing Equity/Improving Mobility in Neighborhoods
- Increased Reliability/Decreased Transit Travel Time
- Smarter Maintenance
- Community-driven Travel Options
- Complete Streets
- Major Capital Projects
Initial projects proposed by sponsors (August 2013) for inclusion in the Early Action Program can be found at www.mystreetsf.com by checking the “Proposed” button.
Development of the Early Action Program
We are currently working with eligible Prop K project sponsors and other stakeholders to develop and refine the draft Early Action Program. More information on the Early Action Program can be found at the 2014 Prop K Strategic Plan and 5YPP Update webpage.
The Transportation Authority Board can adopt the 2014 Prop K Strategic Plan and 5YPP Update and Early Action Program in June 2014, immediately putting into place significant amounts of funding to implement SFTP recommendations over the next five years.
Outreach on the SFTP Early Action Program
The Transportation Authority led a number of open houses focusing on the SFTP and Early Action Program of the SFTP in October 2013. Locations and dates are below:
- Wednesday, October 2, 2013: Bayview Opera House, 4705 3rd St, 6pm
- Tuesday, October 8, 2013: San Francisco County Transportation Transportation Authority, Hearing Room (1455 Market St, 22nd Floor) 6pm
- Thursday, October 10, 2013: San Francisco State University, Towers Conference Center (796 Font Blvd, campus map) 6pm
- from M-line/28/28L and 19th Ave, walk through campus towards southern part of campus and look for Conference Center at the Towers on campus map
- from Font Blvd via foot, walk down path directly to the campus entrance to the Towers (building will physically say "Science and Technology Theme Community")
- via automobile, park in lot behind the Towers on State Dr
On Friday, September 20, the Transportation Authority held a PARK(ing) Day event with SF Environment outside City Hall on Polk Street. The County Transportation Fair-themed parklet had carnival games and information on the SFTP, the Early Action Program of the SFTP, and clean transportation options from SF Environment. PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide event where artists, designers and citizens transform parking spots into temporary public parks.
WE STILL WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!!
The draft SFTP has been shaped by several years of listening to the public, through outreach workshops, our Community Advisory Committee, over 50 presentations and discussions with neighborhood groups, business organizations, advisory boards and commissions, and responses to the online “Budget Czar” game (see www.sfbudgetczar.com). Did we get things right? Do you have suggestions for the Early Action Program? Let us know. Call 415.593.1670 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.