Overview
Intersection of Page Street and Octavia Boulevard

Photo: SFMTA Photography Department

Introduction

The Transportation Authority is conducting the Octavia Improvements Study in close partnership with SFMTA to identify ways to improve safety and make it easier to travel on Octavia Boulevard leading to the Central Freeway. Currently, during peak hours there is significant traffic congestion on Octavia and streets leading to/from the Boulevard that causes queuing and conflicts in the area. This study will evaluate the existing conditions and travel patterns, and recommend strategies and solutions to improve Octavia Boulevard and Central Freeway circulation and accessibility. The study recommendations will be implemented with approximately $7 million from the Market and Octavia Special Funds.

Project/Study Partners

The Transportation Authority will conduct the study in partnership with SFMTA. 

Goals 

The goals and objectives of the study will be developed in partnership with the community and will build off of prior studies such as the Transportation Authority’s 2012 Octavia Circulation Study and Planning Department’s 2008 Market/Octavia Plan. The study goals and objectives could include:

  • Improve safety and circulation for all road users
  • Support and expand bicycle and pedestrian use
  • Promote carpooling and transit use
  • Support transit service, and
  • Enhance the accessibility of all modes of transportation.

The study will recommend near and medium-term projects, programs, and policies to achieve the study goals and objectives. The prioritized projects and programs will be implemented with approximately $7 million from the Market and Octavia Special Funds.

Timeline and Status 

This study is active and on schedule with the below timeline.

  • Study Need and Purpose:  November 2019 - February 2019
  • Confirm Goals and Objectives:  January 2020 - March 2020
  • Outreach: January 2020 - March 2021
  • Strategies and Solutions Development: February 2020 - May 2020
  • Outreach:  January 2020 - March 2021
  • Alternative Improvements Analysis: May 2020 - August 2020
  • Findings and Recommendations: July 2020 - November 2020
  • Cost estimates, Funding and Implementation Strategy:  November 2020 - January 2021
  • Final Report: January 2021 - March 2021

Cost and Funding 

This project was funded by the Transportation Authority’s Neighborhood Program at the request of former District 5 Supervisor and Transportation Authority Board Member Vallie Brown. Additional funds will come from revenues from the sale of land parcels formerly occupied by the Central Freeway. 

Resources

Transportation Authority’s 2012 Octavia Circulation Study

Planning Department’s 2008 Market/Octavia Plan

Octavia Improvements Study Prop K funding request 2020-01-22 (PDF)

Contact 

Hugh Louch, Deputy Director for Planning
 

Related programs

Our Neighborhood Program supports neighborhood-scale planning efforts and project implementation in each supervisorial district.