Latest Stats on Congestion in San Francisco (December 2017)
Transportation 2045 Task Force Begins Work (June 2017)
Transportation Authority Releases Lombard "Crooked Street" Study (February 2017)
Transportation Authority Releases 2016 Annual Report (January 2017)
Core Capacity Transit Study Wants Your Input (January 2017)
The Transportation Authority has released the latest data on congestion in San Francisco. As has been reported by others and no doubt perceived by local travelers, traffic congestion on city streets has increased over the past two years. Meanwhile transit speeds and transit reliability have remained steady, meaning that transit is more competitive with autos than in past years, an outcome consistent with San Francisco’s “transit-first” policies.
The reasons for congestion are many: a strong economy leading to dramatic job growth and a rising population, construction-related lane closures, the popularity of walking and bicycling, and the proliferation of new commercial transportation services
The congestion data is contained in the Transportation Authority’s biannual Congestion Management Program. Explore an interactive map of congestion data and see what the city is doing to mitigate congestion.
TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY RELEASES “TNCS TODAY” REPORT, HIGHLIGHTING UBER, LYFT ACTIVITY IN SAN FRANCISCO
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority has released “TNCs Today: A Profile of San Francisco Transportation Network Company Activity.” The draft report is the first comprehensive estimate of the volume, frequency and coverage of ride-hailing trips by Uber and Lyft in San Francisco.
Key findings of the report, which focused only on Transportation Network Company trips made entirely within San Francisco, include:
- On a typical weekday, TNCs make more than 170,000 vehicle trips within San Francisco, approximately 12 times the number of taxi trips, representing 15% of all intra-San Francisco vehicle trips.
- TNC trips are concentrated in the densest and most congested parts of San Francisco, including the downtown and northeastern core of the city. At peak periods, TNCs are estimated to comprise 20-26% of vehicle trips in Downtown areas and the South of Market. At the other end of the range, TNCs comprise 2%-4% of peak vehicle trips in the southern and western part of the city.
- On an average weekday, more than 5,700 TNC vehicles operate on San Francisco streets during the peak period. On Fridays, over 6,500 TNC vehicles are on the street at the peak.
- TNCs drive approximately 570,000 vehicle miles within San Francisco on a typical weekday. This accounts for 20% of all local daily vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and includes both in-service and out-of-service mileage. Taken over total weekday VMT, which includes regional trips, local TNC trips account for an estimated 6.5% of total weekday vehicle miles traveled.
- TNCs provide broader geographic coverage than taxis, though there appear to be lower levels of both types of trips in the south and southeast part of the city.
Learn more and get copies of the report at www.sfcta.org/TNCsToday
The Transportation 2045 (T2045) Task Force has been convened by the Honorable Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Board of Supervisors President London Breed. The Task Force will be co-chaired by the Mayor's Chief of Staff, Steve Kawa, and San Francisco County Transportation Authority Chair and City Supervisor, Aaron Peskin. Task Force members represent the community at large, including individuals representing neighborhoods; small and large businesses; transportation, housing and environmental justice advocacy groups; labor and civic organizations; and city and regional transportation agencies.
To ensure a safe, reliable, and affordable transportation system, the Task Force will meet over the coming months to discuss options for how the City can generate revenue, prioritize expenditures over the long-term, and balance regional and neighborhood-level needs.
The goals of the Task Force are to:
- Identify transportation funding needs and gaps in resources
- Identify potential revenue options to close the gaps
T2045 will build off the City's previous transportation planning efforts (including the Transportation Task Force 2030 process, The San Francisco Transportation Plan, Plan Bay Area, and Propositions J and K previously on the November 2016 ballot) and incorporate the progress we've made in the intervening years as well as the new challenges we face as a city.
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority’s Yerba Buena Island I-80 Westbound Ramps project won two major project delivery awards.
The $100 million project was opened to traffic last fall and is the agency’s first major capital construction project.
Project partners included Caltrans, Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA), Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA), and the U.S. Coast Guard. The project’s 13.2 percent participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises included more than two dozen women-, African-American- and LGBT-owned firms.
The Construction Management Association of America (Northern California Chapter) on May 18 awarded the Transportation Authority and its partners its large project Achievement Award for projects exceeding $50 million in value. Separately, the California Transportation Foundation on May 24 named the YBI Ramps the Interchange Project of the Year.
The Transportation Authority is proud to continue our support for Bike to Work Day. Bicycling is a healthy, sustainable and fun way to get around San Francisco.
Our commitment to cycling extends well beyond Bike to Work Day. The agency has allocated approximately $11 million from the city's half-cent sales tax, along with other funding sources for bike-related improvements citywide. These investments include big, exciting projects like the newly opened Mansell Street bike path through McLaren Park and the Vista Point rest area on Yerba Buena Island, innovative concepts like the Market Street raised cycletrack and basic necessities like the thousands of new bike racks installed across the city.
We’re planning for more cycling improvements around the city, including neighborhoods around the Alemany Interchange and in the Richmond along Arguello Boulevard.
We hope you had a great Bike to Work Day 2017. Check out MyStreetSF.com to see what other bike projects are coming to your neighborhood.
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority, in cooperation with the Bay Area Toll Authority, Caltrans and Treasure Island Development Authority, opened the Vista Point visitor area on Yerba Buena Island on May 2.
Situated at the San Francisco (western) terminus of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge bicycle-pedestrian path, Vista Point is designed as a relaxation and rejuvenation area for visitors to Yerba Buena Island. Featuring restrooms, benches, a hydration station and bike racks, Vista Point offers sweeping views of the east span of the Bay Bridge and Oakland.
A shuttle equipped to transport up to eight bicycles operates 15- to 20-minute service between Vista Point and Treasure Island on Saturdays and Sundays.
The opening of Vista Point comes as Caltrans extends the hours of the Bay Bridge’s bike-pedestrian path to weekdays as well as weekends. Vista Point will be open the same hours as the Bay Bridge bike-pedestrian path: Monday-Friday, 6:00 AM–8:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday, 6:00 AM–8:00 PM.
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.
On March 20 the San Francisco County Transportation Authority hosted an event for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and Local Business Enterprises (LBEs) to highlight upcoming procurements.
The event highlighted several key SFCTA contract opportunities, related to:
- Yerba Buena Island (YBI) West Side Bridges and YBI Southgate Road Realignment Improvements
- On-call Transportation Modeling and Technology Services
- I-280/Balboa (Ocean/Geneva) Ramps
- U.S. 101/I-280 High Occupancy Vehicle/High Occupancy Toll Lane
- Treasure Island Tolling
- Treasure Island Autonomous Shuttle Pilot
The event also featured several contracts from Caltrain and San Francisco Public Works. SFMTA and Caltrain met with attendees to talk about their DBE/LBE programs.
More information about the March 20 event, including a list of attendees and a slide presentation with details about each upcoming procurement is posted on the Available Contracting Opportunities section of our website.
Join the San Francisco County Transportation Authority for an informative presentation to Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) and Local Business Enterprises (LBEs) in its efforts to encourage participation and collaboration of small and large firms for upcoming procurements.
Network with DBE and LBE participants and with representatives of the Transportation Authority, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the Treasure Island Mobility Management Agency, San Francisco Public Works, the San Mateo County Transit District (Caltrain).
Monday, March 20, 2017, 10:00 AM–12:00 PM at the Transportation Authority offices: 1455 Market Street, 22nd floor. READ MORE
The Lombard “Crooked Street,” with its distinctive switchbacks, flowers, and vistas draws visitors from both around the world and locally. As overall tourism to the street has increased in recent years, issues of vehicle and pedestrian crowd control have become more challenging.
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority on Feb. 16 released the “Lombard Study: Managing Access to the “Crooked Street.”
The report details four recommended strategies for further planning, analysis and development. These strategies are:
- Improved Enforcement of Existing Regulations
- Engagement of Tourism Industry as Partners in Visitor Management
- Engineering and Signage Enhancements
- Reservations and Pricing System for Vehicles: Admission Fee with a Discount for Advanced Reservations
Each of the recommended solutions involves very specific next steps and differing timelines and will need to be adopted by the SFCTA Board in order to move forward.
The San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department on February 4 opened the Mansell Streetscape, a $7 million project to convert two busy lanes of vehicle traffic to permanent pedestrian- and bicycle-only pathways in McLaren Park.
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority helped fund this first-of-its-kind project with half-cent for transportation sales tax, Proposition AA vehicle license fees and regional grants.
Thanks to Commissioners Malia Cohen, Ahsha Safai and Hillary Ronen, as well as former Commissioners John Avalos and David Campos for their support. Thank you to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency for support on this transformational project.
Input and advocacy from the Portola, Excelsior and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods was also crucial in moving this project forward. Thank you to all those community members who gave their time and energy.
2016 was another busy year for the Transportation Authority as we planned, funded and delivered transportation improvements citywide.
Highlights include construction of the agency’s first major capital project: the new westbound I-80 on- and off-ramps connecting Yerba Buena Island/Treasure Island to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Other major efforts during the year were the certification of the Environmental Impact Report for Geary Bus Rapid Transit; launching a novel crowding reduction program with BART; and initiating a framework for major transit investments with Subway Vision.
Meanwhile, the agency made strides working side-by-side with residents on neighborhood-scale planning projects across the city to improve access, transit performance and the street network.
CORE CAPACITY TRANSIT STUDY WANTS YOUR INPUT
- Wednesday, Feb. 1, 6p-8p at SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco.
- Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6p-8p at SPUR Oakland, 1544 Broadway, Oakland.
The study is a joint effort of five transit operators: BART, Muni, AC Transit, Caltrain, and the Water Emergency Transportation Authority, in coordination with the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).
To find out more about the meetings or the study, visit www.mtc.ca.gov/core_capacity.
TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY BOARD APPROVES ENVIRONMENTAL REPORT, SELECTS DESIGN
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority Board—comprised of members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors—unanimously approved the Geary Bus Rapid Transit Project design and the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) at their meeting on Thursday, January 5, 2017.
The ultimate project design approved by the Transportation Authority reflected significant public input and culminated more than eight years of outreach by the project team to residents, community leaders, advocates and merchants from the Outer Richmond to Downtown.
Community feedback throughout the outreach process, which included over 260 stakeholder meetings, resulted in:
- Preserving a local bus stop at Collins Street and Rapid stop at Laguna Street
- Retaining the pedestrian bridge at Webster Street
- Preserving merchant parking in the Richmond District, including at Spruce Street, where all existing parking and loading will be maintained with a local-only bus stop; and
- Adding more safety improvements to intersections with high collision rates for pedestrians and cyclists.
To learn more about the project, milestones or Final Environmental Impact Report, visit GearyBRT.org.