McAllister Street Pedestrian Safety Project Underway (October 2014)
TA-FUNDED STUDY SAYS FISHERMAN'S WHARF EXTENSION WOULD ATTRACT RIDERS, COMPETE WELL FOR FUNDING
A study funded by the Transportation Authority found that extending the Central Subway to Fisherman’s Wharf would attract riders and compete well for funding from the federal government.
The study—conducted by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the Transportation Authority and San Francisco Planning Department—evaluated the potential benefits and costs of the project and the overall feasibility of extending the Central Subway to the city’s northern waterfront.
The Central Subway is being built now and will run from the Caltrain station at 4th and King streets to Chinatown. It will be open for service in 2018.
The study considered three possible corridors for extension, looking at surface and subway concepts. It does not recommend a specific alternative but rather is meant to inform several upcoming planning efforts such as the SFMTA’s Rail Capacity Study and the San Francisco Transportation Plan update. The possible extension of the Central Subway will be evaluated along with other San Francisco rail and transit concepts.
On October 23 the McAllister Street pedestrian safety project got underway.McALLISTER STREET PEDESTRIAN SAFETY PROJECT UNDERWAY
Expected to be completed by the summer of 2015, the work will result in numerous improvements to the north side of McAllister between Larkin and Leavenworth streets, including sidewalk widening, new pedestrian lighting, landscaping, and corner bulbouts to reduce crossing distances for pedestrians.
The project will also create a new traffic island at Leavenworth and McAllister streets to slow traffic, making the intersection safer for pedestrians. These improvements will help the city achieve its Vision Zero policy goal of reducing traffic-related fatalities.
Neighborhood residents called for the various safety enhancements during a Tenderloin-Little Saigon neighborhood study led by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority.
“Pedestrian safety efforts in the Tenderloin are so special because they are completely led by our residents and our neighborhood institutions,” said Jane Kim, the SFCTA commissioner who represents the Tenderloin.
Kim kicked off the ground breaking with David Seward, chief financial officer at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
HISTORIC ALLOCATION OF PROP K HALF CENT SALES TAX HELPS FUND NEW LIGHT RAIL VEHICLES
The future of Muni’s transit system is on track with the Transportation Authority’s recent approval of the single largest Prop K allocation in the 25-year history of the agency’s sales tax program.
In October the Transportation Authority’s Board approved almost $159 million to help the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency replace its entire fleet of light rail vehicles and expand it to operate planned new service to Chinatown.
Muni’s existing LRVs are prone to breakdowns and maintenance issues. The new LRV fleet will bring increased reliability, fewer repairs and a quieter, more comfortable ride. In addition, the new LRVs will have improved operator visibility and an enhanced braking system.
The Transportation Authority’s first $131 million investment will support the $933 million purchase of 175 new LRVs. The remaining $27.7 million in Prop K funds will be allocated in 2019 to support future year expenditures for the 175 LRVs. The SFMTA's contract with LRV manufacturer Siemens includes the option to purchase up to a total of 260 LRVs.
The first LRV arrives in 2016 for testing. The first batch of 24 LRVs is expected to be put into service by 2018, in time to operate the new Central Subway, which connects South of Market to Chinatown.
The SFMTA also plans to use more than $270 million in Prop K funds over the next six years to help replace its entire bus fleet.
The replacement of the rail and bus fleets will improve Muni’s reliability and service for years to come.