Updated every four years, the San Francisco Transportation Plan is the citywide transportation policy and investment blueprint for the next 30 years. The plan analyzes all transportation options like transit, walking, driving, and biking to set investment priorities and advance the city’s goal to build an effective, equitable, and sustainable transportation system. The SFTP also positions San Francisco projects for federal, state, and regional funds.
The SFTP is part of the ConnectSF long-range transportation planning program and is consistent with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Plan Bay Area 2050, the long-range transportation plan for the nine-county Bay Area.
San Francisco Transportation Plan 2050
Growth and revenue estimates used in the plan are based on MTC's regional long-term forecasts developed as part of Plan Bay Area 2050. The San Francisco Transportation Plan investments and policies build towards ConnectSF’s goals around equity, economic vitality, environmental sustainability and safety and livability.
SFTP 2050 Investment Scenarios
The San Francisco Transportation Plan includes two investment scenarios:
- Investment plan: About $80B in expected transportation revenues
- Vision plan: About $95B encompassing potential new revenue sources
A majority of the investments in both plans is already committed and cannot be used for other purposes, including local funding for transit operations, parking management and impact fees that pay for specific development-related mitigations. About $13 billion in the SFTP Investment plan and a further $15 billion in the Vision Plan are discretionary for long-range planning purposes and form the revenue envelopes for this SFTP 2050 update effort.
The SFTP includes many different types of revenue sources and matches the different funds to eligible projects and programs. Most of the revenues are from local sources and are important for leveraging other sources (e.g. federal, state, regional and private investment). The SFTP Investment Plan estimates includes the proposed Proposition L 2022 Transportation Expenditure Plan, which will go before San Francisco voters in November 2022.
Prioritizing investments is necessary because our transportation needs exceed the funds projected to be available in the future, across operations and maintenance, and various types of capital infrastructure improvements (roads and bridges, transit systems, pedestrian walkways and bike paths). In fact, we could put all of our Investment Plan discretionary money towards transit maintenance for our major operators Muni, BART and Caltrain, and still not meet the total need.
SFTP 2050 spreads revenues across many areas based on:
- Known city and regional priorities,
- ConnectSF goals, and
- What we heard during community outreach
The table below shows areas where benefits were measured and how these benefits align to the ConnectSF and SFTP goals. Additional revenues in the vision plan will help address our known gaps, for example restoring transit service, which can help decrease transit crowding and addressing the maintenance backlog
SFTP Citywide Benefits
|Equity||Economic Vitality||Environmental Sustainability||Safety and Livability||Accountability and Engagement|
|Shift in Mode Share||
|Vehicles Miles Traveled / GHG||
|Transit Crowding||No Benefit||No Benefit||No Benefit||No Benefit||No Benefit|
More Detail: Investment Plan and Vision Plan
The charts below show the investment amount (blue) and unmet needs (red).
Discretionary Revenues have been spread across many areas to reflect what we heard in outreach and to advance our goals. (All costs are shown in 2022 dollars.)
Draft Investment Plan ($ Billions)
Draft Vision Plan ($ Billions)
The San Francisco Transportation Plan Development Process
The Transportation Authority Board, comprised of the 11 members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, serves as San Francisco's county congestion management agency and adopts the San Francisco Transportation Plan approximately every four years.
The 2050 plan builds on the work of ConnectSF (a multi-agency partnership to build an effective, equitable, and sustainable transportation system for our future), Plan Bay Area, Regional transit operating plans, and San Francisco’s community based plans and Climate Action Plan.
The San Francisco Transportation Plan investments and policies build towards the ConnectSF vision that addresses the specific needs and opportunities that face San Francisco. Two efforts that explored the city’s transportation needs and solutions - the Transit Strategy and Streets and Freeways Strategy - informed the San Francisco Transportation Plan.
ConnectSF Transit Strategy
The Transit Strategy describes the major capital projects and programs that will help our city’s transit system meet the existing and future travel needs.
The primary strategies are:
- Make the system work better
- Deliver a five-minute network
- Renew and modernize our rail system, and
- Build more rail to San Francisco’s busiest places
ConnectSF Streets and Freeways Strategy
The Streets and Freeways Strategy identified five strategies to address our city’s pressing challenges and move us closer to our vision. The recommendations are:
- Maintain and reinvest in the current transportation system
- Prioritize transit and carpooling on our streets and freeways
- Build a complete network for walking and biking
- Prioritize safety in all investments and through targeted programs
- Repair harms and reconnect communities
San Francisco Transportation Plan Virtual Town Hall October 6 2022
Previous San Francisco Transportation Plans
San Francisco Transportation Plan 2040 Update (released 2017)
The 2017 minor update builds off the plan passed in 2013. The 2017 update:
- Reaffirms the 2013 plan’s goals, investment, and supporting policy recommendations
- Includes a progress report on projects, policies, and planning studies
- Revises transportation funding revenue forecasts, updates project costs, and reassesses projects previously identified for funding
- Includes an overview of existing and future conditions—such as population and employment growth, traffic congestion, and affordability trends that impact San Francisco’s transportation system
- Identifies new planning efforts and policy papers that are underway or anticipated to begin soon that will focus on key issues facing San Francisco.
These analyses guided advocacy in the update to Plan Bay Area 2040, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s federally and state-mandated regional planning effort.
San Francisco Transportation Plan 2040 (released 2013)
The 2013 San Francisco Transportation Plan articulated two transportation investment scenarios through 2040, identified potential new revenues and established an Early Action Program for the first five years of investments. In addition, the 2013 plan includes policy recommendations and strategic initiatives to complement the investment scenarios as well as in-depth analysis on circulation in the growing core of the city, transportation equity, visitor trips, and project delivery.
Countywide Plan (released 2004)
The first plan, the Countywide Transportation Plan, was adopted by the Transportation Authority Board in July 2004, and established the City's investment strategy and policy initiatives for the sector through a technical and community-based planning process.
2004 Countywide Plan (PDF)