The Transportation Authority’s Neighborhood Program supports neighborhood-scale transportation projects in each supervisorial district.
All Neighborhood Program projects must address one or more of the following priorities:
- Improve pedestrian and/or bicycle safety
- Encourage walking and/or biking
- Improve transit accessibility
- Improve mobility for Communities of Concern or other underserved neighborhoods and vulnerable populations
The Neighborhood Program was developed in response to mobility and equity analysis findings from the San Francisco Transportation Plan and the Transportation Authority Board's desire to increase our focus on neighborhoods, especially Communities of Concern and other underserved neighborhoods. The San Francisco Transportation Plan found that walking, biking and transit reliability initiatives are important ways to address socio-economic and geographic disparities.
Transportation Authority Board members will contact Transportation Authority staff when they are interested in exploring project ideas. Our agency in turn coordinates with relevant planning and project implementation agencies. Board members may already have an idea in mind, seek help from agency staff in generating ideas, or solicit input from constituents and other stakeholders
The Neighborhood Program was established by the Transportation Authority Board in 2014, with $100,000 in planning funds and $600,000 in capital (e.g. design and construction) funds for each supervisorial district to use over a five-year period. This funding comes from San Francisco's Prop K half-cent sales tax for transportation. In 2018 the Board approved a second five-year funding cycle for the Neighborhood Program, which began in July 2019. District supervisors, acting as Transportation Authority Board members, determine which projects are funded.
Planning funds can be used to support neighborhood-scale efforts that identify a community’s top transportation needs, identify and evaluate potential solutions, and recommend next steps for meeting the identified needs. Planning efforts should lead toward prioritization of community-supported, neighborhood-scale capital improvements that can be funded by the Transportation Authority’s Prop K sales tax for transportation and/or other sources.
The Neighborhood Program is also referred to as the Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program, or "NTIP."