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In addition to feedback from you, the public, the SFTP was also guided by a Community Advisory Committee that meets approximately quarterly.
PAST OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES
The Transportation Authority led a number of open houses focusing on the draft SFTP Investment and Policy Recommendations and Early Action Program of the SFTP in October 2013. Locations and dates are below. We also had a calendar of activities and opportunities for discussion and input, citywide.
- Wednesday, October 2, 2013: Bayview Opera House, 4705 3rd Street, 6:00 PM [map]
- Tuesday, October 8, 2013: San Francisco County Transportation Authority, Hearing Room, 1455 Market Street, 22nd Floor, 6:00 PM [map]
- Thursday, October 10, 2013: San Francisco State University, Towers Conference Center, 796 Font Blvd., 6:00 PM [map] [campus map]
- From the M, 28, or 28L line and 19th Ave, walk through campus towards southern part of campus and look for Conference Center at the Towers.
- 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 Drive.
- Wednesday, October 15, 2013: Singtao Chinese Radio Talk Show: SFTP and the new SRCTA Executive Director, KVTO, 1400 AM, 96.1 FM, 8:50–10:00 PM.
- Thursday, October 17, 2013: APACC Visitacion Valley Workshop, Asian Pacific American Community Center, 2242 Bayshore Blvd., 1:30–3:30 PM. [map]
- Saturday, October 19, 2013: Potrero Hill Festival, 20th St. between Wisconsin and Missouri streets, 11:00 AM–4:00 PM. [map]
- Saturday, October 19, 2013: Visitacion Valley Planning Alliance, Visitacion Valley Public Library, Community Room, 201 Leland Avenue at Rutland, 10:00 AM–1:00 PM. [map]
- Tuesday, October 22, 2013: Chinatown Neighborhood Transportation Plan joint focus group meeting, Bayside Elderly Housing Center, 777 Broadway, 4:00–5:30 PM. [map]
- Thursday, October 24, Bicycle Advisory Committee, Room 406, City Hall, 6:30 PM.
- Tuesday, October 29, Tenderloin Community Meeting, Central City SRO Collaborative, 48 Turk St., 6:00 PM.
- Thursday, November 7, SoMa location and meeting details TBD, Central City SRO Collaborative.
On Friday, September 20, the Transportation Authority held PARKing 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, 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.
How the SFTP Has Been Shaped By Public Input So Far
The Draft SFTP Investment and Policy recommendations are responsive to input received throughout Plan development process. So far, the SFTP has been shaped by public feedback in the following ways:
- We received over 200 ideas from members of the public during our Calls for Projects in 2011. Many of these ideas were incorporated into the Transportation Authority's submittal of San Francisco priority projects for the 2013 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. Other newer ideas were analyzed for consideration in the SFTP.
- We heard from many parents of middle and high school students, noting that they drive their children to school because transit does not meet their needs. Some people feel these school transportation challenges contribute to a "family un-friendliness" character in San Francisco. Several efforts focus on access to schools, such as the Safe Routes to School program which focuses on non-motorized access to elementary schools. In response to feedback, we conducted focus groups and a survey targeted to middle and high school students and parents, who are more likely than elementary school students require public transportation or private vehicles to get to school. This input will help us identify projects, programs and policies to improve transportation for students in San Francisco.
- Focused analysis of school transportation needs.
- Goods movement needs assessment.
There were five rounds of outreach expected over the course of the SFTP.
- Round 1: Existing and Future Transportation Conditions
- Round 2: Call for Transportation Projects, Part 1
- Round 3: Transportation Priorities (and More Project Ideas!)
- Round 4: Investment Priorities
- Round 5: Draft PlaN and Early Action Program
When: Fall 2010/Winter 2011
Methods: Online/Paper Survey, Open House, Webinar, Presentations to Community Groups.
What We Heard:
- Transit performance is issue number 1. Many people feel that Muni service has gotten worse: slower, less frequent, less reliable, more crowded, less safe, and more expensive. However, technology has provided notable benefits to transit users including NextMuni, 511, and phone apps, although the roll-out of Clipper has come with some challenges.
- There has been a notable increase in cycling, and cycling conditions have been improving, although there is still room for more improvement and a desire for more dedicated bike facilities (like the green buffered bike lane on Market Street). With an increase in cycling has come concern about the need to educate cyclists to respect other road users and obey traffic laws.
- Pedestrian safety is a critical issue in the city, and one that has received significant recent policy-maker attention. Safety concerns include vehicles speeding or not yielding to pedestrians in the crosswalk, and a need for more convenient or frequent pedestrian crossing opportunities. On the upside, the increase in public spaces for pedestrians (such as parklets) is noted as positive change in the city.
- Drivers have experienced more congestion and an increase in the difficulty in finding parking, although there is excitement about the potential for SFpark to make parking easier. Many people drive because they feel no other mode allows them to make similar trips without major tradeoffs in time and/or cost.
- A lack of adequate maintenance has affected all road users. Potholes make traveling unpleasant or unsafe for drivers, transit riders, cyclists, and pedestrians alike.
See the presentation given at the January 2011 Community Advisory Committee meeting. (PDF)
When: Fall 2010/Winter 2011
Methods: Online/Paper Survey, Presentations to Community Groups
What We Heard:
- Support for projects already being pursued or considered (such as Better Market Street, Transit Effectiveness Project, Van Ness and Geary BRTs, ENTRIPS circulation improvements, Downtown Congestion Pricing Pilot, and Oakdale Caltrain station).
- High demand for transit, pedestrian, cycling, and traffic calming projects (such as wider sidewalks, pedestrian countdown signals, bike racks and bikeways, bus shelters, transit priority treatments)
- High demand for expansion of transit in designated right-of-way (more dedicated lanes for BRT services, new light- and heavy-rail lanes such as BART or light-rail on Geary Boulevard)
- Demand for roadway capacity reduction projects (e.g. close on- and off-ramps, replace freeways with surface boulevards).
- There were no requests for roadway expansion projects.
See a list of all project ideas received. (PDF)
When: Summer/Fall 2011
Methods: Online/Paper Survey, Webinar, Presentations to Community Groups
What we heard:
- The four SFTP goals are interdependent—we should focus on solutions that achieve multiple goals; prioritizing investments in Transit First improvements is the best way to accomplish all goals
- Do not forget about drivers- accommodating private vehicle travel is a necessary part of the system; we need to make Muni work better before we try to get more people out of their cars
- There is great support for managing the existing system more efficiently, although also desire to investment in both maintenance and expansion.
When: October–November 2012
Methods: Budget Czar interactive website, presentations to community groups/boards/commissions, tabling events citywide
What we heard: Read the summary of what we heard during this major round of outreach.
When: Fall 2013
What we heard:
- There is support for the five broad categories of SFTP investment and policy recommendations.
- Operations and maintenance of the existing transit network, as well as improved street safety citywide, were cited as top priorities.
- Efficiency, safety, reliability, and travel time were named as priorities for transit in San Francisco.