Overview
A bicyclist at the Bernal overlook

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Introduction

Updated every four years, the San Francisco Transportation Plan is the city’s long-range investment and policy blueprint encompassing every transportation mode, every transit operator, and all streets and freeways.

San Francisco Transportation Plan 2050 

The San Francisco Transportation Plan 2050 plan is San Francisco's citywide transportation policy and investment blueprint for the next 30 years. The plan analyzes all transportation modes and networks to achieve the city’s transportation goals and ConnectSF vision and it positions San Francisco projects for federal, state and regional funds.

The growth and revenue estimates used in the plan are based on MTC's regional long-term revenue forecast developed as part of Plan Bay Area, the regional planning process conducted by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Drawing from ConnectSF Transit and Streets and Freeways strategies, the projects prioritized in the San Francisco Transportation Plan are consistent with Plan Bay Area 2050.

See previous San Francisco Transportation Plans.
 

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 is anticipated to be completed in fall 2022. 

 

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Phase 1: Vision (ConnectSF Vision); Phase 2: Needs (Statement of Needs, Transit Corridor Study, Streets & Freeways Study); Phase 3: Plans & Priorities (San Francisco Transportation Plan, Transportation Element of the San Francisco General Plan)

Needs

The San Francisco Transportation Plan investments and policies build towards the ConnectSF vision that addresses the specific needs and opportunities that face San Francisco. The ConnectSF Statement of Needs identifies transportation trends absent strategic investments and policies, including citywide access, safety and connectivity deficiencies and disparities across key citywide and regional travel markets.

Additional investments are key to reaching ConnectSF goals

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A matrix diagram showing how well planned investments will help to achieve the ConnectSF goals. Each of the following images shows a single row from this matrix
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Planned growth will increase housing choice and improve job access (advancing the Equity goal)
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Average commute times will stay the same, but could be improved with focused investments in our transit and active transportation network (neutral on the Economic Vitality goal)
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Equity Priority Communities are at risk of having reduced access to high-quality transit without targeted transit investments (neutral on the Equity and Economic Vitality goals)
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Major policy changes and investments in our transportation system are needed to reach our climate goals on net zero transportation emissions by 2045 (hindering the Environmental Sustainability goal)
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We have not made enough progress on Vision Zero and need investments and programs to build a safer city (hindering the Safety & Livability goal)
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As we recover from the pandemic, we need to manage traffic congestion and transit crowding to support our economy, health, and sustainability (hindering the Environmental Sustainability, Economic Vitality, and Safety & Livability goals)
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Investments in routine maintenance of the transit system are needed to make the our transit system more reliable (hindering the Equity and Accountability & Engagement goals)

Transit, Street, and Freeway Studies

The Statement of Needs informed studies focusing on ways to improve the city’s transit system and streets and freeways. 

Those studies are:

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.

  • 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
     

Plans and Priorities

The San Francisco Transportation Plan update is anticipated to be completed in fall 2022. Meanwhile, SF Planning is leading an update to the Transportation Element of the General Plan, which will be completed in 2024.
 

Multimedia

Visualizing our 2050 Statement of Needs

Learn more about the transportation challenges and gaps we identified as part of our 2050 Statement of Needs (PDF). You can also view the 2019 Transportation Authority Board Presentation (PDF) or take a tour of the interactive maps below.

 

Reports & documents

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. 

2017 San Francisco Transportation Plan Update (PDF)

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.

San Francisco Transportation Plan 2040 (PDF)

Appendix A Plan Development Process (PDF)

Appendix B Needs Analysis White Paper (PDF)

Appendix C Core Circulation Study (PDF)

Appendix D Revenue Assumptions (PDF)

Appendix E Outreach Summary (PDF)

Appendix F Transportation Equity Analysis (PDF)

Appendix G Summary of SFTP Policy Recommendations (PDF)

Appendix H Small Project Delivery White Paper (PDF)

Appendix I Large Project Delivery White Paper (PDF)

Appendix J Plan Performance Summary (PDF)

Appendix K SF Travel At a Glance (PDF)

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)

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Related programs

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ConnectSF is a multi-agency collaborative process to build an effective, equitable, and sustainable transportation system for San Francisco’s future.
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The Subway Vision explores the expansion of San Francisco's subway network.
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Plan Bay Area is a 25-year plan that establishes the nine-county Bay Area region’s vision for land use and transportation.