Van Ness bus rapid transit in front of outdoor art.

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San Francisco tops the list of 60 major cities worldwide at the forefront of urban mobility trends, according to the 4th Annual Urban Mobility Readiness Index presented by consulting firm Oliver Wyman, which supports transformation efforts in the fields of tourism and infrastructure.

The annual ranking, in partnership with the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Berkeley, cited San Francisco’s innovation, market attractiveness, and rich ecosystem of travel options, both public and private, among the factors leading to the city’s achievement. 

Transportation Authority Executive Director Tilly Chang was the keynote speaker at the forum this month, joining Alex Bayen of UC Berkeley and Oliver Wyman’s transport lead Guillaume Thibault, who collaborated to lead the Mobility Index work.

Executive Director Chang spoke about San Francisco’s response during the pandemic as well as its approach to economic trends such as the shift in commute patterns to hybrid work. She described the Transportation Authority’s role in supporting recovery, prioritizing transit and active modes to promote safety (Vision Zero), streets as public spaces, climate and equity goals, and responding to the rise of new technology. Some initiatives she highlighted include: