Tenderloin/Little Saigon

Tenderloin streetscape

BACKGROUND

The Tenderloin-Little Saigon Community Transportation Study was intended to identify, prioritize, and develop conceptual cost estimates for near and medium term transportation and access improvements in the Little Saigon and Tenderloin neighborhoods. This meant that the community was integral and essential to the process of carrying out the study, from setting goals, identifying transportation needs and opportunities, prioritizing projects, and approving a roadmap to implement the projects.  The Tenderloin Housing Clinic , a provider of services in the Tenderloin and Little Saigon neighborhood for more than 20 years, led the outreach element of the Plan. Additional outreach was provided by the Southeast Asian Community Center and Asian Neighborhood Design.

News

About the Study

Study Schedule

Study Products and Materials

Contact

News

Following adoption by the Transportation Authority Board in March 2007, the Transportation Authority, the SFMTA, and prominent stakeholders collaborated to implement the projects recommended in the Plan. Most recently, the City was awarded funding for pedestrian improvements on Jones Street and McAllister/Leavenworth Streets.

Final Report. The Final Report (PDF, 2MB) summarizing the Tenderloin-LIttle Saigon community's top transportation priorities is ready.  The Report went before the Transportation Authority Board on March 20 for approval.  For easier downloading, read each Chapter individually:

Cover and Table of Contents
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6

We've already begun to implement some of the key next steps and projects, described in the Funding & Implementation Plan.

Priority Projects Fact Sheet. This Fact Sheet summarizes the community's top priorities in the areas of Pedestrian Safety, Streetscape, Transit Reliability and Affordability, and Slowing Traffic.

Graphics and Text Describing Pedestrian Safety and Streetscape Improvements in the Tenderloin, Little Saigon Area

Survey Results. During Summer 2006, the Study Team distributed a survey to obtain community feedback on potential types of transportation improvements.  The survey was also available online as an e-survey. Read the survey results.

Summary of Final Community Workshop Tuesday, June 27, 2006.  On June 27, 2006, the study team held its final community workshops at St. Boniface Auditorium.  The purpose of the workshop was to understand which transportation improvements (like safer crosswalks, better buses, and slower cars) have the most community interest. Read the summary.

About the Study

Study Fact Sheet

The Tenderloin-Little Saigon Community Transportation Study is funded by Prop K and a Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) grant program. The goal of MTC's Community-Based Transportation Planning (CBTP) program is to advance the findings of the Lifeline Transportation Network Report adopted by the Commission in December 2001. That report identifies transit needs in economically disadvantaged communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, and recommends initiation of community-based transportation planning as a first step to address them. Likewise, the Environmental Justice Report for the 2001 RTP also identifies the need for MTC to support local planning efforts in low-income communities throughout the region. As a first step to initiate community planning, the MTC adopted Community-based Transportation Planning Program Guidelines to serve as a blueprint for program implementation.

The Tenderloin-Little Saigon Community Transportation Study was intended to identify, prioritize, and develop conceptual cost estimates for near and medium term transportation and access improvements in the Civic Center area, in particular the Little Saigon and Tenderloin neighborhoods south of Geary Boulevard between Van Ness and Mason. The goal wasto prepare a pipeline of projects that can be forwarded for the next phase of project development and implementation, such as opportunities through competitive local and regional grant programs.

The overarching objective of the study was to conduct community based transportation planning. This meant that the community was integral and essential to the process of carrying out the study, from setting goals, identifying transportation needs and opportunities, prioritizing projects, and approving a roadmap to implement the projects. The community-based transportation planning program was designed to be a collaborative process to ensure the participation of key stakeholders, such as community-based organizations (CBOs) that provide services within low-income neighborhoods and neighborhood improvement organizations.   Each step in the study involved a significant community outreach component to engage the direct participation of residents in the community.

The Tenderloin Housing Clinic , a provider of services in the Tenderloin and Little Saigon neighborhood more more than 20 years, led the outreach element of the Plan. Additional outreach was provided by the Southeast Asian Community Center and Asian Neighborhood Design.

Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates, in partnership with Fehr & Peers, Parisi Associates, and Community Design + Architecture, provided technical transportation support to the community throughout the study.

Study Schedule

Study Kickoff      September 2005
Document Existing Conditions October–December 2005
Identify and Prioritize Transportation Needs January–March 2006
COMMUNITY-WIDE WORKSHOP to identify and prioritize transportation needs February 28, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
St. Boniface Auditorium,
133 Golden Gate St.
Develop Transportation Solutions / Project Designs April–June 2006
Prioritize Solutions / Project Designs July 2006
Develop Implementation and Funding Plans August–October 2006
Present Plan for Approval February 2007

Study Products and Materials

Outreach Plan.

IThe Outreach Plan documents the Study's Outreach Goals, identifies the community's stakeholders, and describes the activities that the Study Team will undertake at each stage to develop the Plan through community input.

Summary of Previous Studies

Seven different transportation-related studies have been completed in the neighborhood since 1997. Review of previous studies allowed the Study Team insight into previously identified transprotation needs in the neighborhood and to expand upon work recently conducted by other community groups or city agencies.

Transportation Needs in the Tenderloin - Community-Wide Workshop I

On February 28th, 2006, the Study Team held a public workshop to prioritize transprotation needs in the Tenderloin and Little Saigon.  Below are the workshop announcements and materials presented at the workshop.

Workshop announcements:

The Workshop Flyer in: English | Spanish (Español) | Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt) | Chinese (中文)

The Press Release in: English | Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt) | Chinese (中文)

Workshop materials:

 All Tenderoin-Little Saigon Workshop I Materials (2MB)

Workshop I Materials, Individual Pages:

Study Overview
Previous Studies
How Tenderloin residents get around
What we've learned: Transit
What we've learned: Pedestrians
What we've learned: Traffic
What we've learned: Parking and Bicycles

Questions for workshop participants:

How do you use Muni?
What are the top transportation needs in the Tenderloin?
Where are the problem areas?
Create a wishlist of improvements.
What projects would you like to see now?
What is more important? I
What is more important? II

Workshop I Summary 

The Tenderloin Housing Clinic summarized the results from the February 28th Workshop. Read the summary.

Transportation Improvements in the Tenderloin | Community-Wide Workshop II   

Contact

Questions? Want more information? Contact Rachel Hiatt, Senior Transportation Planner.