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Friday, March 24, 2017

From Friday, March 31 to Friday, April 7, the SFMTA is closing off a small segment of northbound Octavia Street, from Linden to Hayes streets, for the Octavia Open Street events that will experiment with opening this block for people who want to walk or bike more in the neighborhood. Through our ongoing community outreach work on the Octavia Boulevard Enhancement Project, we’ve heard a clear and consistent neighborhood interest in creating more public space and creating livability improvements near Patricia’s Green. 

People sitting in chairs and bicycles parked in a public space next to Patricia's Green park on Octavia Street near Hayes Street.

This open streets event won’t just help us evaluate how a closure like this would work. It will highlight the overall public realm opportunities along this popular boulevard for everyone in the area.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Events

This weekend you can enjoy an island Easter egg hunt, National Corn Dog Day and a chance to run off all those extra calories while rocking and rolling 13.1 miles though the city.

Man Running in Rock&Roll Marathon 2016
Rock'n Roll San Francisco Half Marathon on April 3, 2016. Photo: Jun Selta/Flickr

National Corn Dog Day
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
SoMa

Creative corn dog specials from an all-star lineup of food trucks, PBR specials and swag giveaways, a cornhole tournament and corndog eating contest are just a few of the features of the country’s biggest National Corn Dog Day festival. Stop by the SoMa StrEat Food Park this Saturday for a unique day of food and fun.

Monday, March 13, 2017

A visualization of Geary Boulevard at Buchanan Street with Geary Rapid improvements. People, including a chauffeured group school children, cross Geary using crosswalk that's separated into two sections by a waiting area in the median. Muni buses use red-colored, curbside transit-only lanes.
A visualization of Geary Boulevard at Buchanan Street with Geary Rapid improvements.

We’re gearing up to start the first set of Geary transit upgrades later this year.

In the coming months, we will launch further outreach for the Geary Rapid Project, which focuses on early improvements on the stretch of the 38 Geary route between Market Street and Stanyan streets. In the meantime, we will finalize the design and construction of longer-term improvements for the Geary Boulevard Improvement Project.

With the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) approved unanimously by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) Board in January, lead management of the project is transitioning from the SFCTA to the SFMTA, which will design and implement Geary improvements as two separate projects. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Intersection of 8th Avenue and Anza Street.
Proposals for the 8th Avenue Neighborway Project will be featured at an open house on March 15.

Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, March 7, 1 p.m.
City Hall, Room 400
Nearby Muni routes: 5, 19, 21, 47, 49, F Market, Metro-Civic Center Station

The agenda for tomorrow’s Board of Directors meeting includes traffic modifications  for the Palou Avenue Streetscape Project and a contract for the M Ocean View Track Replacement Project.  The Board’s agenda is posted online.

Our Board of Directors meetings are usually held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The agendas are posted under “meetings” on the Board’s webpage 72 hours in advance.

Friday, March 3, 2017

An artists rendering shows the intersection of Van Ness and Union once construction is complete, including center-running bus lanes and boarding platforms.

We joined our partner agencies, elected officials and community members Wednesday to celebrate the start of construction on the Van Ness Improvement Project, which will include San Francisco’s first bus rapid transit system.

“This project is essential to reshaping how San Franciscans get around the city efficiently," said SFMTA Director of Transportation Ed Reiskin. “Van Ness will benefit from better transit, strengthened infrastructure and safer streets for all."

Monday, February 6, 2017
Monday, January 23, 2017

Pedestrians wait to cross in front of Balboa Park Station while a bus pulls up in the red transit-only lane and traffic passes on the left.
Geneva Avenue shows some of the recent Balboa Park area improvements, including a bus-and-taxi-only lane and new median plantings.

Balboa Park Station Community Advisory Committee: 6 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 24
City College of San Francisco, Multi-Use Building Room 140
55 Phelan Ave.
Nearby Muni Routes: 8, 8BX, 29, 43, 49, 54, Muni Metro: J, K, M

Stop by for a series of presentations highlighting what the city is working on for Balboa Park Station. Speakers from SF Planning, the SFCTA, and BART will be on-hand to provide project updates and answer any questions. Topics include the Balboa Area Transportation Demand Management Plan, I-280 Interchange Modifications, and BART’s Kiss-and-Ride. The full agenda is available online.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tree-lined intersection with pedestrians and cars crossing and bright yellow and green markings.

Last month, we unveiled the latest street design upgrade for SF — a protected intersection at 9th and Division streets. A protected intersection uses simple features like concrete islands to make moving through the intersection safer for everyone, whether they’re walking, biking or driving. 

Today, we’re sharing a video with more details and a link to some interesting time lapse videos of the changes with thanks to local transportation advocate Thomas Rogers.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Rendering of Geary Boulevard at Fillmore facing east with a bus pulling up in the red transit-only lane.
A rendering of Geary Bus Rapid Transit improvements at Fillmore Street. 

For the 52,000 people who ride Muni’s Geary bus routes daily, improvements to make the ride less crowded and more reliable just took a leap forward.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Gray and red articulated Muni bus traveling east on O'Farrell with the red transit lanes for cable cars in the background and foreground. Pedestrians cross in front of the bus.
A 38 bus traveling east on O'Farrell across Powell Street

As Geary Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) hits a major milestone this week, we’re providing new opportunities to get answers to today’s biggest questions about the project.

On Friday, the Geary BRT Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be made available online at the Geary BRT EIR page and at public libraries near the 38 Geary route. The document will include the recommended design option, years of analytical work detailing how the project is expected to affect communities as well as responses to public comments.

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) Board, which is comprised of the SF Board of Supervisors, is set to vote on approval of the Final EIR and the Geary BRT project on January 5. Early improvements will start in 2017.

Learn more about the next steps in our blog post from last month. To stay in the loop on hearing dates and how to give decision-makers your feedback, visit the Geary BRT website. You can also get Geary BRT updates via text message by texting YES to 628-600-1675.