Overview
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Introduction

The Transportation Authority is creating a School Access Plan for San Francisco to recommend transportation solutions for K-5 students and their families. Proposed solutions will focus on children and caregivers who are burdened by medium- and long-distance trips to school and afterschool activities. Solutions will seek to close equity gaps and provide sustainable transportation options to help reduce vehicle travel.

The plan will build on the Transportation Authority’s 2016 Child Transportation Study, which found that most parents drive their children to school and afterschool activities and that most parents are interested in alternative transportation options. Strategies to address these challenges will be co-created with parents and stakeholders and are likely to include:  

  • New shuttle services
  • Strategies to improve caregiver and student safety on public transit
  • Strategies to improve trust and communication between caregivers and city/school officials

This study was requested by District 4 Supervisor and Transportation Authority Board Member Gordon Mar.
 

Project/Study Partners

The Transportation Authority is coordinating closely with the San Francisco Unified School District as well as the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families and SFMTA.

Schedule

  • Early 2022

    Review past efforts, analyze existing conditions, and refine study goals

  • Spring and Fall 2022

    Public and stakeholder engagement, strategy development

  • Spring 2023

    Final recommendations, final report

Cost and Funding

The program was funded by a Caltrans Sustainable Communities Grant with local matching funds contributed by District 4 Supervisor and Transportation Authority Board Member Gordon Mar.

Contact

David Long, Transportation Planner or schoolaccess@sfcta.org

Public engagement

Public Engagement

Please share your input on potential strategies to improve K-5 SFUSD school transportation (survey open until November 20): 

The Transportation Authority held a community meeting on October 27, 2022 with District 4 Supervisor Gordon Mar. During the meeting, Transportation Authority staff shared findings from focus groups and workshops and presented draft strategies to improve school transportation. 

During the fall 2022 school year, the Transportation Authority hosted workshops in English, Spanish, and Cantonese with parents and caregivers to present draft and refine strategies to improve school transportation. 

In May 2022, the Transportation Authority held a series of focus groups in English, Spanish, and Cantonese to hear from caregivers about key challenges of the school commute. A wide variety of challenges were identified and caregivers expressed a strong desire for improved transportation options. Common challenges discussed included threats to personal safety when riding public transportation and the difficulty of coordinating transportation for children at multiple schools.

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Getting children to school and aftercare in San Francisco is often challenging, particularly for households with multiple children, each of whom may be bound for different destinations.