Help us get the most out of San Francisco's transportation sales tax dollars

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San Francisco's half-cent sales tax for transportation has been in effect for nearly three decades, generating about $100 million per year for projects ranging from street resurfacing and traffic signals, to bicycle and pedestrian safety projects, and Muni, BART and Caltrain improvements. The San Francisco County Transportation Authority administers the sales tax program according to a voter-approved expenditure plan under the direction of the 11 members of the Board of Supervisors, acting in their role as the Transportation Authority Board.

Every five years, we update the list of projects to be funded by the sales tax. Each project has a sponsor agency (such as the SFMTA, SF Public Works, or BART) that is responsible for completing the project. It is now time to look ahead and develop the next 5-year program—and we want your input.

Outreach Update 

This spring 2018, we conducted a survey to gather input from the public about what projects people would like to see funded by San Francisco's transportation sales tax over the next five-year period. We received over 1,000 responses from across San Francisco’s neighborhoods. The main goal of the survey was to collect project ideas to help inform the list of projects funded by the sales tax.

Click here to download a copy of the survey results (PDF).

We worked with project sponsors to respond to each survey submission. In these responses, we identify which project ideas are already planned or underway, calling out which projects are advancing with San Francisco’s half-cent sales tax. For all other projects, the public agencies have provided a response with how this feedback will be considered or evaluated.

Click here to see agency responses to each survey submission (PDF).

In summer 2018, project sponsors submitted their proposed project lists to the Transportation Authority.

See the draft project list presented to the Transportation Authority board in a memo on September 11, 2018 (PDF).

Timeline

  • April-June 2018: The Transportation Authority conducted outreach to the public, community groups, and local officials to provide information about San Francisco's transportation sales tax and gather input on the projects they would like to see funded over the next five years.
  • Summer 2018: The Transportation Authority let project sponsors know what we heard from the public. These agencies considered the public's input, input from the Transportation Authority Board and staff, and then submit their proposed project lists to the Transportation Authority.
  • Fall 2018: Transportation Authority staff released the draft five-year project lists for consideration by the public and Transportation Authority Board. The Board will vote to approve the first group of 5-year project lists on October 16, 2018 and the second group of project lists on November 13, 2018.
  • July 1, 2019: The 5-year period begins and agencies can begin implementing the approved projects.

How do I provide input?

  • Sign up for our email list at the bottom of this page to receive updates.
  • Provide input to the draft project lists at our upcoming Board and Citizens Advisory Committee meetings:
    Citizens Advisory Committee: Wednesday, September 26, 6:00 PM, SFCTA, 1455 Market, 22nd Floor
    Transportation Authority Board: Tuesday, October 16, 10:00 AM, Room 250, City Hall
    Citizens Advisory Committee: Wednesday, October 24, 6:00 PM, SFCTA, 1455 Market, 22nd Floor
    Transportation Authority Board: Tuesday, November 13, 10:00 AM, Room 250, City Hall

Click here for meeting agendas.

Why is this five-year update important?

This update allows local and regional transportation agencies to respond to San Francisco's most pressing transportation needs by making local sales tax dollars available to sponsors to develop high priority projects. The five year update also helps the city position projects for federal, state and regional capital grants. Designed to promote transparency and accountability, the update process ensures the public is actively involved in decision-making, from identifying top needs to prioritizing how San Francisco's transportation sales tax dollars are invested.

More information

Visit the half-cent sales tax for transportation webpage

Contact us

Email sales-tax@sfcta.org or call 415-522-4800.


Muni photo via Flickr, Sergio Ruiz