The Transportation Authority led the Van Ness Avenue Bus Rapid Transit Project, in partnership with the SFMTA and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) through the completion of environmental review, marked by the issuance of a Record of Decision (ROD) by FTA on December 20, 2013. Issuance of the ROD signified completion of numerous efforts and approvals, including a feasibility study, a combined Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/EIR), and significant outreach.
On December 20, 2013 the Federal Transit Administration issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Van Ness Avenue Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project, determining that the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) have been met through the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) document and process. Issuance of the ROD allows the use of federal funding for final design and construction of the project.
FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT/ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT (EIS/EIR)
The Final EIS/EIR responds to comments received on the Draft EIS/EIR and identifies the locally preferred alternative (LPA). The LPA was selected for inclusion in the Final EIS/EIR by the Transportation Authority and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) boards in May and June of 2012. A center-running alternative with limited left turns (see LPA section below), which is a refinement of the two center running alternatives considered in the Draft EIS/EIR, was chosen based on technical analyses in the Draft EIS/EIR, as well as agency, stakeholder and public input.
- Transportation Authority Notice of Determination
- SFMTA Notice of Determination
- Final EIS/EIR Notice of Availability
- EIR Notice of Intent
- EIR Notice of Preparation
- Cover, Signature Page, Preface, and Executive Summary (1MB)
- Table of Contents and Acronym List (112KB)
- Chapter 1: Project Purpose and Need (1MB)
- Chapter 2: Project Alternatives (2MB)
- Chapter 3: Transportation Analysis (3MB)
- Chapter 4: Affected Environment, Environmental Consequences, and Avoidance, Minimization, and/or Mitigation Measures (19 MB)
- Chapter 5: Cumulative Impacts (1MB)
- Chapter 6: Draft Section 4(f) Analysis (265KB)
- Chapter 7: California Environmental Quality Act Evaluation (348KB)
- Chapter 8: Coordination and Public Participation (177KB)
- Chapter 9: Financial Analysis (1MB)
- Chapter 10: Alternatives Analysis and LPA (705KB)
- Chapter 11: References (65KB)
- Appendix A: Alignment Plans (15MB)
- Appendices B–H (39MB)
- Appendix I: Cover, Introduction, and Master Responses (1MB)
- Appendix I: Agency Comments and Responses (25MB)
- Appendix I: Individuals' Comments and Responses (12MB)
- Appendix I: Organization Comments and Responses (6MB)
- Appendix J: Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plan (1MB)
- Tree Removal and Planting Opportunity Evaluation (6MB)
- Geologic Impacts Assessment Report (3MB)
- Initial Environmental Site Assessment Report (166KB)
- Noise and Vibration Study (29MB)
- Overhead Contact System (OCS) Support, Poles, and Streetlights Conceptual Engineering Report (14MB)
- Visual Impact Assessment Memo (6MB)
- Natural Resources Technical Memo (1MB)
- Van Ness BRT Feasibility Study (5MB)
- BRT Design Criteria Memo (169KB)
- Storm Water Data Report (390KB)
- Air Quality Technical Report:
- Cultural Resources Reports:
- Finding of Effect (37MB)
- Historic Property Survey (230KB)
- Historic Resources Evaluation and Inventory Report:
- Final Historic Resources Inventory and Evaluation Report (5MB)
- Appendix A: Maps (29MB)
- Appendix B: Forms (51MB)
- Appendix C: Letters Sent to Interested Parties (81MB)
- California Dept. of Parks and Recreation 523 Forms (10MB)
- State Historic Preservation Officer Letters:
- Transportation and Traffic:
- Vehicular Traffic Analysis Technical Memo (2MB)
- Vehicular Traffic Analysis Technical Appendices (26MB)
- Water Quality Technical Report (2MB)
- Non-Motorized Transportation Impacts (4MB)
LOCALLY PREFERRED ALTERNATIVE
After incorporating significant analysis and public feedback on the Draft EIS/EIR, the Transportation Authority and SFMTA Boards approved a Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) for the Van Ness corridor in May and June of 2012. The LPA represents a hybrid approach to implementation that borrows from some of the most compelling features of the various design alternatives that were analyzed in the Draft EIS/EIR. Under the LPA, BRT lanes would flank the center median except at stations where the BRT vehicles would transition to the center of the roadway and be protected by right side boarding platforms. The LPA retains the high performance features of Build Alternatives 3 and 4 (e.g, faster, more reliable performance) while avoiding the need to acquire left-right door vehicles or rebuild the entire median. The LPA also eliminates all left turns from Van Ness Avenue between Mission and Lombard streets with the exception of a southbound (two lane) left turn at Broadway in order to gain the most transit time benefits. The LPA will bring meaningful travel time savings to this heavily travelled corridor as well as improve the overall travel experience.
PUBLIC OUTREACH and Citizens Advisory Committee
In anticipation of the LPA’s consideration before the SFMTA and Transportation Authority Boards, staff conducted significant outreach to various community groups as well as agency and other public stakeholders to educate the public on the LPA get feedback on its design and development. This is in addition to outreach conducted as part of the public circulation of the Draft EIS/EIR. Using that feedback, the Transportation Authority refined the LPA and analyzed any potential environmental effects, documenting those in the Final EIS/EIR.
Throughout the Environmental Clearance process, the Transportation Authority convened a Citizens Advisory Committee (VN CAC) to advise on the project. See the records of the CAC meetings. Now with the transition into the design phase, SFMTA has convened a new CAC to guide decisions related to the design, construction, and implementation of the BRT. See the SFMTA project website for more information.
See information about, and download, the November 2011 Draft EIS/EIR.
The Van Ness BRT Feasibility Study, adopted by the Transportation Authority and MTA Boards in December 2006, found that BRT on Van Ness would have significant transit benefits and relatively little negative impact.