CURRENT NEWS: 2016 and 2017
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 ELEMENTARYY 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).
24THE 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 corridor