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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 with parents and stakeholders and are likely to include:  

  • Adjusted or expanded school and city transit (yellow school bus, vanpool, etc)
  • Carpooling or ride sharing
  • Public-private partnerships to provide shuttle service in priority areas

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.

Timeline and Status

Due to  COVID-related school closures and the ongoing update to San Francisco’s Elementary School Assignment Policy being led by SFUSD, staff may adjust the timelines for the plan to ensure we can have successful engagement.

  • Winter 2021: Review past efforts, analyze existing conditions, and refine study goals
  • Winter 2021 - Summer 2022: Public and stakeholder engagement, strategy development
  • Fall 2022: Final recommendations, final plan 

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.


David Long, Transportation Planner or schoolaccess@sfcta.org

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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.