In its role as administrator of the Prop K transportation sales tax and Prop AA vehicle registration fee, as County Program Manager for the Transportation Fund for Clean Air, and as Congestion Management Agency for San Francisco, the Transportation Authority helps to fund and/or oversee delivery of projects ranging from signals to streetcars, bicycles to boulevards, and pedestrian safety improvements to paving. Projects are being put in the ground all the time. News on some of our most recently completed projects—whether delivered by the Transportation Authority or our project partners—is highlighted below.
SFMTA Fleet Replacement and Expansion
New Muni Vehicles Improve Reliability and Safety Systemwide
One of the most significant programs funded by the Prop K sales tax is purchasing new Muni transit vehicles to replace ones that have reached the end of their useful life and supporting the acquisition of 24 additional Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) for the Central Subway project. With the help of Prop K leveraging millions of federal, state and regional dollars, the SFMTA is working to replace its entire rubber tire fleet as well as the LRVs. The SFTMA has placed 48 new buses in service during the 4th quarter of Fiscal Year 2015/16 (April-June 2016), including 33 hybrid diesel motor coaches and 15 electric trolleybuses. Prop K sales tax has provided about 30% of the funding for new motor coaches and 20% of the funding for new trolleybuses ordered to date. The first LRV prototypes are anticipated to be delivered for testing this fall. The breakdown of new vehicles currently in service, ordered, or planned is shown in the graphic above.
Unity Plaza and City College Pedestrian Connector
Project Open for Use
We were excited to join with the Mayor’s Office, the SFMTA, San Francisco Public Works, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and other city departments on October 1st to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the beautiful Unity Plaza and Pedestrian Connector at Ocean and Phelan Avenues. The Prop AA-funded pedestrian connector provides an attractive pedestrian link between Muni’s K-Line stop on Ocean Avenue to its south, the expanded City College of San Francisco campus to its north, and the new City College bus terminal. The connector also leads to Unity Plaza, a landscaped area with trees and plants, and new benches, pedestrian lighting, special artistic pavement, a children’s climbing structure and photo displays depicting the history of the area.
Broadway Chinatown Groundbreaking
Safer Streets for All Users
Ground has been broken at the intersection of Broadway and Powell Streets signaling the beginning of construction on Phase IV of the Broadway Chinatown project, with improvements along the Broadway corridor between Columbus Avenue and the Broadway Tunnel, including improvements near Jean Parker Elementary School. The project will include a re-configuration of the two existing travel lanes in each direction, bulb-outs, raised crosswalks, bus shelters, new street trees, bike sharrows, pedestrian safety improvements, landscaping sidewalks and medians, and the addition of new benches and 42 new street lights. The Transportation Authority has provided almost $6 million in One Bay Area Grant, Prop AA vehicle registration fees, and the Prop K transportation sales tax funds.
I-80/Westbound Ramps Projects Progress
Agreement on Enhanced Design for Caltrans Bike Touchdown
As Congestion Management Agency for San Francisco, the Transportation Authority is collaborating with the Treasure Island Development Authority to construct new I-80/westbound on and off ramps connecting to the new Eastern Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (SFOBB). New ramps are tentatively scheduled to open in September 2016. Caltrans is reconstructing the I-80/eastbound on and off ramps including extending their Eastern Span bicycle pedestrian path to Yerba Buena Island (YBI). These improvements would provide a temporary Vista Point area, including hydration station, portable restrooms, bike racks, a parking lot and pedestrian crosswalk with automatic signals. The Vista Point and Eastern Span bicycle pedestrian path extension to YBI is tentatively scheduled to open in fall 2016.
Vision Zero Comprehensive Safe Streets Campaign
Prop K Sales Tax Funds Produce Training Curriculum and Muni Ads
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) and Vision Zero partners have produced a training curriculum for large vehicle drivers and started the “train the trainer” events. SFMTA is also working with the City Administrator’s Office to develop and launch a City employee defensive driving training program required for all vehicle users by fall 2016. Prop K also funded Muni ads that targeted the top bicycle safety issues.
One Bay Area Grant (OBAG) Cycle 1
Broadway Chinatown and Masonic Avenue Complete Street Improvements
San Francisco Public Works started construction of comprehensive improvements on Broadway from Columbus Avenue to the Robert C. Levy Tunnel in July 2016. Improvements include a road-diet, bulb-outs, special crosswalk paving, medians, bus stop improvements, street lights and furnishings, and trees. This project will implement a community-based vision developed through extensive outreach and planning efforts and is funded with OBAG, Prop K sales tax, Prop AA vehicle registration fee, state Safe Routes to School, and other local funds.
Pedestrian Improvements Complete at Everglade and 23rd Street
Sloat Boulevard, which is both a state highway and a residential street near Lowell High School and Lakeshore Plaza Shopping Center with several Muni stops, has been the site of several tragic collisions. We are pleased to report that pedestrian safety improvements at two dangerous intersections—Sloat and Everglade, and Sloat and 23rd St.—were completed in July 2016. Improvements included hybrid beacons (pedestrian-activated warning devices), bulb-outs and medians, paid for with Prop K sales tax and federal funds.
7th and Lincoln Bicycle Cut-through
Prop K Enables a Safer, Easier Crossing
The SFMTA has made it easier for bicyclists to cross busy Lincoln Way by constructing a new bicycle cut-through as part of Prop K sales tax-funded intersection improvements at 7th Avenue and Lincoln Way. The project makes it much easier and more comfortable for cyclists to enter or exit Golden Gate Park, thanks to a new bike signal phase that separates cyclists from drivers and a new concrete island with channels that allow bikes to cross through while drivers must turn right onto Lincoln. The project also includes new curb ramps, accessible pedestrian signals, and more visible vehicle signals.
Bartlett Community Space Revitalized
Traffic Calming, Pedestrian and Bike Improvements Nearing Completion
San Francisco Public Works (SFPW) is nearing completion of permanent infrastructure and pedestrian, bicycle, and traffic calming improvements on Bartlett Street including wider sidewalks, street lights, bicycle parking, site furnishings and landscaping. The improvements were designed to support large community gatherings such as the Mission Community Market and local vendors. Final work will be complete at the end of August 2016. Funded by Prop K sales tax and 2011 Road Repaving and Street Safety bond funds, this project implemented recommendations from the Mission Streetscape Plan as well as the recent place-making efforts of the Mission Community Market.
8th and Natoma Mid-block Crossing Completed
Recommendation Stemmed from the Western SOMA Neighborhood Transportation Plan
The SFMTA completed a new signalized crosswalk in the South of Market area on 8th Street at Natoma, which included new traffic signals, bulb-outs and curb ramps in July 2016. The project was funded with Prop AA vehicle registration fee revenues.
Prop AA Program Update, 2016
10 Projects Open for Use, 3 More Anticipated by the End of 2016
Since voters approved the Prop AA $10 vehicle registration fee in 2010 and the Transportation Authority approved the Prop AA Strategic Plan in December 2012, the Board has allocated over $22.9 million to 21 projects across the program’s three categories of Street Repair and Reconstruction, Pedestrian Safety, and Transit Reliability and Mobility Improvements. In keeping with Prop AA’s focus on small, high-impact projects that can provide tangible benefits in the short-term, we have now seen 10 of these projects open for use, including four substantial street repair projects with the recent completion of Dolores Street. Sidewalk and bike improvements on Arguello Boulevard in the Presidio are in use, along with streetscape improvements on McAllister Street near UC Hastings. BART has completed the Civic Center bike station and the plaza renovation at 24th Street. The SFMTA is nearing completion of a new pedestrian plaza at City College this summer. See the Prop AA Project Delivery webpage for a complete listing of Prop AA projects and their status. We begin the public process to update the Strategic Plan this fall, which will feature identification of projects to funds over the next 5 years (Fiscal Years 2017/18 to 2021/2022).
McAllister Streetscape Project Concludes with Tree Planting
On June 13, 2016 Commissioner Jane Kim, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, UC Hastings College of the Law, Friends of the Urban Forest, Tenderloin Community Benefit District and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation celebrated the completion of the McAllister Streetscape project.
The project resulted in a series of pedestrian safety and streetscape improvements, including sidewalk widening, new pedestrian lighting, landscaping, and corner curb extensions to reduce crossing distances for pedestrians.
Neighborhood residents called for these various safety enhancements during a Tenderloin-Little Saigon neighborhood study led by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.
These improvements will help San Francisco achieve its Vision Zero policy goal of eliminating traffic-related fatalities by 2024.
To mark the end of the McAllister project, Friends of the Urban Forest led a group of volunteers in tree plantings at more than 30 sites in the neighborhood.
The McAllister Streetscape project was funded through San Francisco’s Prop AA vehicle registration fee program and funding from UC Hastings.
Jefferson Elementary Safe Routes to School
Walking to school became safer in Fall 2014 with the construction of pedestrian safety improvements around Jefferson Elementary School. Using Prop K half-cent local sales tax funds, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) constructed bulb-outs at the intersections of 18th Avenue at Irving Street and 17th Avenue at Judah Street. These bulb-outs improve pedestrian safety for students and nearby residents by decreasing pedestrian crossing distances, improving pedestrian visibility, and reducing vehicle speeds.
Sunset Elementary and AP Giannini Middle Safe Routes to School
Just in time with the start of the 2014/15 school year, the SFMTA completed construction of pedestrian safety improvements around Sunset Elementary and AP Giannini Middle Schools. Using Prop K half-cent local sale tax funds, the SFMTA constructed curb bulbs, pedestrian refuge islands, raised crosswalks, and angled parking. The project improves pedestrian safety for students and nearby residents by improving pedestrian crossings, enhancing pedestrian visibility, reducing vehicle speeds, and discouraging double parking.
Sunset Boulevard Signals
The SFMTA recently finished expediting the installation of signals at seven locations along Sunset Boulevard, including Sunset and Yorba. Taking into consideration the fact that Sunset Boulevard falls into the 6% of San Francisco’s streets responsible for 60% of severe and fatal injuries, the Transportation Authority approved Prop K funding for the Sunset and Yorba signal within 24 hours of SFMTA’s request. This Prop K funding allowed the SFMTA to take advantage of an ongoing contract for construction of three new signals on Sunset Boulevard, and to complete the Sunset and Yorba signal two years ahead of the original schedule. The project will help improve pedestrian safety and support the city’s Vision Zero goal of reducing traffic fatalities to zero by 2024.
West Portal Elementary School Safe Routes to School
The SFMTA also recently completed the construction of traffic calming and pedestrian safety improvements around West Portal Elementary School. The project included the construction of curb bulbs, pedestrian refuge islands, and a speed cushion on Claremont Boulevard, and pedestrian refuge islands and an enlarged roundabout at Dewey Circle. The project will not only provide safer access for school children, but also for nearby residents. This project, partially funded with Prop K, was completed just in time for the start of the new school year.
A more behind-the-scenes project that was also recently completed is the SFMTA's Woods Division Lift Replacement project. The project replaced twenty-two broken in-ground lifts at the Woods maintenance facility. Prior to the replacement, the maintenance facility utilized portable lifts, air jacks, and a temporary ramp. The replacement lifts help increase the safety of maintenance personnel and more efficient maintenance activities. The Transportation Authority provided Prop K funds for this project.
28th Avenue Pavement Renovation
This past spring, San Francisco Public Works completed the Prop AA-funded 28th Avenue Pavement Renovation project. This project paved 28th Avenue from Judah to Taraval Streets, addressing the street's poor pavement condition index of 56. The project also included construction of approximately 55 ADA-compliant curb ramps and sidewalk, parking strip, and gutter repairs.
Kirkham Street Repavement
San Francisco Public Works recently completed repaving 32 blocks of Kirkham Street from 7th Avenue to 37th Avenue and a block from 45th Avenue to 46th Avenue, a total distance of about 1.8 miles. The project, partially funded with Prop K, also constructed approximately 210 curb ramps to increase accessibility, reconstructed sidewalks, and replaced the existing bike lane striping.
Arguello Pedestrian Gap Closure
This past spring, the Transportation Authority and the Presidio Trust celebrated the completion of the Arguello Pedestrian Gap Closure project. This project closed a critical gap in the Presidio's pedestrian circulation network. The project consisted of a road widening to accommodate new bike lanes, a new pedestrian path or sidewalk, and full travel lanes on Arguello Boulevard between Washington Boulevard and Inspiration Point Overlook.
- Download the Arguello Gap Closure project fact sheet (PDF).
- Download the Arguello grand opening poster board (PDF).
- Download the Arguello grand opening press release (PDF).
24th Street Mission BART Station Southwest Plaza
BART crews finished renovating the southwest plaza of the 24th Street BART Station in January 2014 to bring the public its very first Prop AA-funded transportation improvement (photo, bottom right). The Transportation Authority Board allocated approximately $1.2 million in Prop AA funds to this project in January 2013. The project will improve conditions for pedestrian and transit users at the 24th/Mission BART station and on adjacent streets by constructing two curb bulbouts, crosswalk overlays, two new curb ramps, bollards, and artistic fencing. These improvements are a part of the larger 24th Street/Mission BART Plaza and Pedestrian Improvements project.
Bike Parking at UCSF and SFSU
This year, the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and San Francisco State University (SFSU) completed bike parking projects on their campuses. UCSF installed 110 new bike racks at its Parnassus campus bike cage increasing the total bike parking to 208 spaces. SFSU installed 125 racks in underserved areas on its campus, and racks are placed on skids to allow for relocation to needed areas. Both projects, funded with Transportation Fund for Clean Air funds, decrease vehicle emissions by increasing bike access and the number of people arriving by bicycle.
On January 24, 2014, the Transportation Authority released a Prop AA call for projects to program a minimum of $1.15 million in Prop AA funds that became available due to the San Francisco State University's cancellation of the Winston Drive Pedestrian Improvements project. By the March 10, 2014, deadline we received 6 candidate projects from 5 sponsors requesting approximately $5 million in Prop AA funds. We evaluated projects using the Board-adopted screening and prioritization criteria, giving priority to eligible pedestrian safety projects ready to begin work on the proposed phase in the current fiscal year.
In April, the Transportation Authority Board reviewed and approved programming of $1.045 million for construction of another phase of UC Hastings’ McAllister Street Campus Streetscape, which was derived from the Tenderloin-Little Saigon Neighborhood Transportation Plan, and $365,000 to fully fund design and contribute toward construction of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Webster Street Pedestrian Countdown Signals project. Both projects are located on WalkFirst corridors. See the information that was shared at the meeting.