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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

1. What is the San Francisco Transportation Plan (SFTP)?
2. Who is preparing the SFTP?
3. Does San Francisco have a current transportation plan?  If so, why does it need updating now?
4. What are the long-term goals of the SFTP?
5. What modes of transportation will be included in the SFTP?
6. What cities/geographic areas will be included in the SFTP?
7. How will the SFTP impact San Francisco residents?
8. Why is this so important for San Francisco?  For the region?
9. How is the SFTP funded?
10. What is the role of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC)?  The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)?
11. What is the schedule for the SFTP?
12. How can I get involved with the SFTP?


1. What is the San Francisco Transportation Plan (SFTP)?
The San Francisco Transportation Plan (SFTP) is the city's 28-year plan to identify goals, needs and investment priorities for our surface transportation system, which includes local streets and roads, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, transit (Muni and regional transit like BART), and state highways. The SFTP is San Francisco's only county-wide long-range transportation planning document. As such, it will set the overall vision, establish priorities for capital investment, and shape the next generation of transportation projects. The overall goal of the Plan is to improve mobility and accessibility for the people of San Francisco while preserving the city's unique character. It's about improving transportation options in your neighborhood, for your business, and on your street to create a healthier, livelier San Francisco.

2. Who is preparing the SFTP?
The Plan is being prepared by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (Transportation Authority). The Transportation Authority administers the delivery of transportation projects under the Prop K half-cent local transportation sales tax program and New Expenditure Plan, which was passed by 75% of San Francisco voters in November 2003. Find more information about the Transportation Authority.

3. Does San Francisco have a current transportation plan?  If so, why does it need updating now?
The SFTP will update the previous Plan, adopted in 2004, to take into account major changes that have occurred in the last half-decade. Many of the projects and policies envisioned in the existing Plan have advanced, and now is the time to begin envisioning the next generation of improvements. For example, the first Plan advanced the concept of bus rapid transit for two of the city's busiest bus corridors (Geary Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue), both of which are now moving forward and under environmental review.  The SFTP will consider what other corridors warrant this level of new transit investment. In addition, new policies at the local and state levels have set a goal of reducing transportation's contribution to climate change and the SFTP will take a hard look at what changes must be made to reach greenhouse gas reduction targets for the transportation sector.

We can also use the SFTP planning process to inform and influence a number of local and regional planning initiatives including:

4. What are the long-term goals of the SFTP?

The goals of the SFTP are to:

  • Strengthen the city's regional competitiveness
  • Create a more livable city
  • Ensure a healthy environment
  • Provide and sustain world-class infrastructure

These goals reflect the feedback we received during the first two rounds of SFTP outreach.

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5. What modes of transportation will be included in the SFTP?
The SFTP will encompass all surface transportation modes, such as transit (e.g., buses, trains, and ferries), bicycling, motor vehicles, and walking. It will also address policy strategies such as transportation demand management, the interplay between land use decisions and transportation activity, and the role of the public and private sector in making and implementing those decisions.

6. What cities/geographic areas will be included in the SFTP?
The SFTP is a countywide long-range transportation plan for San Francisco, so it will focus on the local and regional facilities within the city limits, including Treasure Island.  However, many San Francisco investment and policy priorities will need to be coordinated with other stakeholders and agencies in the Bay Area, especially because a significant share of travel within San Francisco occurs by people who either live or work in other parts of the Bay Area. The SFTP will analyze the city's travel using multiple geographic lenses, including those that go beyond San Francisco limits. For example, the SFTP will consider the improvements necessary for regional transit, such as BART, Caltrain and ferry service, to meet future San Francisco resident, employee and visitor needs.

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7. How will the SFTP impact San Francisco residents?
The SFTP will guide the City's strategic policy, legislative, investment, and advocacy activities for transportation over the next several years, until the next update. Our ability to focus San Francisco's priorities and advocate for funding will be key to realizing our investment plans and development goals as a city, including those for livability, economic vitality, social equity, and environmental quality. We hope the SFTP will set the course for improvements to make transit more efficient and reliable, walking and cycling safer and more enjoyable, as well as to increase the livability of the city. The SFTP will impact residents' future transportation options and will benefit from residents' input on the projects that are most important for their neighborhoods.

8. Why is this so important for San Francisco? For the region?
With state imperatives to reduce transportation's contribution to climate change, the region is looking to San Francisco to take on a significant amount of regional growth because we know that people who live in San Francisco take shorter trips and less automobile trips than anywhere else in the region. San Francisco is projected to add additional residents and employees over the next 28 years which will mean more trips every day. How these new residents and employees choose to travel within the City (by car, transit, bicycle, or foot) will have a huge impact on the functioning of our transportation system. Our challenge is to accommodate these new trips sustainably and in a way that improves the livability of our city by increasing the efficiency and attractiveness of alternatives to the single-occupant automobile.

9. How is the SFTP funded?
The SFTP will be funded by a combination of federal grant money that supports congestion management planning and other local sources such as the Prop K half-cent sales tax. As the congestion management agency for San Francisco, updating the Plan is one of the Transportation Authority's core functions.

10. What is the role of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC)?  The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)?
The CAC and TAC are advisory bodies that will provide input and help guide the development of the SFTP. Members will liaise with their respective communities and agencies and help shape the Plan in a way that is representative of community needs and desires.

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11. What is the schedule for the SFTP?
The planning process for the SFTP consists of four phases, each with a full round of public outreach and opportunities for public input.

  • Summer to Fall 2010-Phase 1(Existing and Future Conditions): Establish the policy context and draft goals; research existing conditions and project future conditions.
  • Winter to Summer 2011-Phase 2 (Issues and Options): Develop visioning scenarios; define needs, concerns and relevant issues; brainstorm potential projects, initiatives and policy options.
  • Fall 2011 to Winter 2012-Phase 3 (Prioritization Framework): Refine potential projects, policies and initiatives; define and evaluate alternatives.
  • Fall 2012 to Spring 2013-Phase 4 (Investment Strategy): Define, evaluation, and seek input on alternatives investment strategies.
  • Spring to Summer 2013-Phase 5 (Draft and Final Plan): Select a preferred alternative; develop an implementation strategy.

12. How can I get involved with the SFTP?

Hearing from San Francisco residents, employees, and other stakeholders is an important part of the San Francisco Transportation Plan update. Visit our Outreach page for current opportunities or subscribe to our email list.

For questions, please call the SFTP hotline at 415.593.1670 (in English, Español, 中文). You can also stay up to date by visiting our website (www.movesmartsf.com) frequently or finding us on Facebook or Twitter.

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