San Francisco Pursues Smart Cities Grant (April 2016)
Transportation Authority Supports Walk to Work Day (April 2016)
SFCTA Hosts DBE/LBE Event Highlighting Upcoming Procurements (February 2016)
Transportation Authority Releases 2015 Annual Report (February 2016)
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), in collaboration with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA), has launched a study to determine the feasibility of a commuter shuttle program based on a hub model. Such a system would have limited shuttle pick up locations, with riders travelling to the locations via other modes of travel.
Commuter shuttles in the current San Francisco program transport 8,500 people daily and are permitted to load and unload at up to 125 designated locations throughout San Francisco. The SFMTA and SFCTA are encouraging interested people to provide input into potential hub stop locations that will be evaluated.
Submittals can be made on-line at: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2840037/0ad1e266a120. The call for potential hub locations will be open through July 4. All locations submitted will be evaluated against criteria that is under development, to identify feasible stop locations. This criteria will be made public by mid-July. It is expected that the hub study will be finalized in October 2016 and presented to the Board of Supervisors.
Alemany Interchange Study Explores Safety Improvements
The Alemany Interchange—where U.S. 101, I-280, Alemany Boulevard, Bayshore Boulevard, San Bruno Avenue and local streets intersect—presents challenges to pedestrian and bicycle safety.
At Commissioner David Campos' request, the Transportation Authority is working with neighboring communities, led by the Portola Neighborhood Association, to make the area safer and more accessible to all travelers.
Transportation Authority staff are coordinating with SFMTA planners and engineers and Caltrans staff to develop potential circulation and safety enhancement projects for the area. Community outreach is also underway to obtain input on the various improvement options.
The Alemany Interchange Improvement Study is just one of several efforts under the Transportation Authority’s Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program (NTIP), which funds neighborhood transportation planning efforts and capital projects in every district in San Francisco. The program was developed through the Transportation Authority’s 2013 Countywide Transportation Plan to strengthen the pipeline of projects at the neighborhood level, particularly in underserved areas and Communities of Concern.
NEW TA STUDY HIGHLIGHTS BETTER, FASTER WEST SIDE TRANSIT ACCESS
In collaboration with transit riders and residents, the Transportation Authority has issued a study aimed at creating better, faster transit connections throughout the city’s west side neighborhoods.
The Strategic Analysis Report on West Side Transit Access, initiated by Commissioner Katy Tang, explores several options to make transit more competitive with driving and to improve access to local and regional transit hubs such as Daly City and West Portal.
Among the options highlighted include exploring a rapid service for Muni’s 29-Sunset line; modifying underutilized bus routes, such as the 66-Quintara, piloting methods to encourage carpooling and ridesharing to hubs and providing secure bicycle parking and reducing conflicts at West Portal Station.
Key study recommendations already moving forward include Commissioner Tang’s request for Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program (NTIP) planning funds for Muni to conduct service planning on the 66-Quintara and the programming of Prop AA vehicle registration funds to create more space at the Daly City BART station to accommodate planned local bus service increases including for the 14R-Mission.
The study area encompasses the area south of Golden Gate Park and north of the city line and includes the Sunset, Parkside, West Portal and Golden Gate Heights neighborhoods as well as the areas around Stonestown Mall, Lake Merced and San Francisco State University.
Photo: James_A_Castañeda via Flickr Commons
SAN FRANCISCO PURSUES SMART CITIES GRANT
San Francisco was named by US DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx as one of seven finalist cities nationwide in the running for a $50 million federal grant to showcase automated vehicles and other technology-enabled transportation applications in the pursuit of congestion reduction and environmental goals. The U.S. Department of Transportation will announce the winner of its “Smart Cities Challenge” in June.
San Francisco's proposal seeks to address neighborhood transportation access and safety needs through partnerships with civic and community groups, research universities and the private sector.
The Transportation Authority is supporting the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which is leading the development of the city’s proposal in coordination with the Mayor’s Office. The SFMTA presented on San Francisco’s approach (PDF) at the March 22 meeting of the Transportation Authority Board.
Among the efforts already underway are policy frameworks for autonomous vehicle regulation and new ways of linking on-demand ridesharing services with public transit.
Photo: Ed and Eddie via Flickr Commons
TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY SUPPORTS WALK TO WORK DAY
We were proud participants and supporters of Walk to Work Day on April 7.
Each April, the Transportation Authority sponsors Walk San Francisco’s Walk to Work Day, which celebrates and encourages walkers throughout the city.
People who live or work in San Francisco showed their support on April 7 by walking just 15 minutes of their daily commute, stopping by a “Walk to Work Day Hub” or competing with their co-workers in WalkSF’s Golden Millipede Award given to the workplace with the most commuters walking to work that day.
Among the many projects we fund at the Transportation Authority are those that promote pedestrian circulation and safety. Based on voter-approved expenditure plans, we allocate funds each year from the city’s half-cent sales tax for transportation and Prop AA vehicle registration fee program toward sidewalk repair, new crosswalks, new pedestrian signals, curb extensions, pedestrian refuge islands and traffic calming projects citywide.
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The Alemany Interchange—where U.S. 101, I-280, Alemany Boulevard, Bayshore Boulevard, San Bruno Avenue, and several other local streets intersect—presents major challenges to pedestrian and bicycle safety and accessibility.
The interchange has the potential to provide critical connections between the adjacent communities of Bernal Heights, the Portola, Silver Terrace, and the Bayview, as well as destinations beyond.
The project team would like to hear your thoughts about the area. See below for outreach events in March.
March 19: San Bruno Open House
See the SFMTA event information page
2565 San Bruno (Family Connections)
10:00 AM–12:00 PM
We will have fact sheets and be available to answer questions about the project.
March 22: Portola Neighborhood Association Steering Committee Meeting
380 Bacon St (Portola Branch Library)
We will give a brief presentation followed by Q&A.
SFCTA HOSTS DBE/LBE EVENT HIGHLIGHTING UPCOMING PROCUREMENTS
On Feb. 2 the San Francisco County Transportation Authority hosted an event for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and Local Business Enterprises (LBEs) to highlight upcoming procurements.
Key projects and services highlighted included contracts to support Transportation Authority planning, project management, engineering and construction management.
The event also featured several contracts from San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans)/Caltrain and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.
For more information on the event, including attendees, visit the Available Contracting Opportunities section of our website.
YERBA BUENA ISLAND RAMPS PROJECT ACHIEVES NEW MILESTONE
The Yerba Buena Island east-side ramps project continues to stay on schedule and on budget.
In recent weeks, contractor Golden State Bridge reached a major milestone with completion of the last major bridge deck concrete pour.
This concrete pour connects the new westbound off-ramp to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Work will continue on the project with placement of bridge bearings, seismic joints, barrier rails, roadway improvements, and landscaping.
The new ramps are expected to open in August 2016.
You can find out more about progress on the project website.
Stay tuned for future project updates!
Read about the Transportation Authority’s continued work to improve access, connectivity and safety in San Francisco.
The agency’s 2015 Annual Report is now available. Download a copy.
Highlights include updates on major construction projects including the Yerba Buena Island ramps, the Central Subway and Presidio Parkway.
See how the agency is helping the city’s Vision Zero efforts—and how it is crafting a sustainable transportation plan for Treasure Island.
The annual report details the Transportation Authority’s work with Muni, BART and Caltrain to advance their plans to support growth. It also discusses how the Transportation Authority works side-by-side with residents on neighborhood-scale projects that deliver critical improvements citywide.