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Friday, February 10, 2017

A car appears blurry as it moves through a crosswalk in a San Francisco intersection with pedestrians crossing in the background.
Automated speed enforcement is a proven way to reduce traffic injuries caused by speeding.

Police can’t be everywhere at once to enforce against dangerous speeding. That's why the SFMTA joined Assemblymember David Chiu, Mayor Ed Lee, Mayor Sam Liccardo of San Jose and other partners this week to announce new legislation to allow San Francisco and San Jose to pilot automated speed enforcement in California.

Automated speed enforcement (ASE) is a proven tool to reduce deadly speeding and crashes. It uses cameras, similar to those used to enforce red light violations, with vehicle speed sensors to snap photos of license plates of motor vehicles traveling above a defined speed limit.

ASE is already used in 142 communities across the country, and others abroad, and has yielded consistent results including:

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.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Folsom Street with car traffic and bicycle riders in a bike lane.

How can we make Folsom and Howard streets in SoMa better and safer? Share your ideas at one of our two open house events next week.

We’re kicking off the Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project to look at ways to make these streets safer and provide better options to get around in the growing South of Market neighborhood.

Next week, we’ll collect input on how to do that at two open house events on Thursday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 10. We’re hosting two similar open houses to help ensure people with a variety of schedules can come, but both events will feature the same materials, information and opportunity to provide feedback.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Pedestrians and a Muni bus cross 4th Street on Market from the 5th and Mission garage.
The 5th and Mission garage is conveniently located to great shopping, dining and sight-seeing options in SF.

For many, the holiday season isn’t complete without a trip to the city for shopping and dining. However you get around, have a safe and festive holiday season.

Remember, events like the Union Square Christmas Tree Lighting on Nov. 25 and the season-long Winter Walk on Stockton Street are great attractions for all ages and are very accessible by public transit, walking, riding a bike and taking a taxi. Get more details about these events, Thanksgiving Muni schedules and other upcoming transit and traffic advisories.

If you drive to popular areas like Union Square, let parking in one of the 38 SFMTA public parking garages and lots be the antidote to what can be a holiday hassle. The parking spaces – more than 14,000 of them – tend to fill up less than on-street spaces, allowing you to circle less while looking for parking. And compared to privately-owned garages, public garages often cost considerably less.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The SFMTA would like to wish you and your loved ones a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

People enjoying the Winter Walk promenade on Stockton Street in Union Square.
Winter Walk SF in 2014.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Green and cream historic streetcar in front of the Ferry Building on The Embarcadero.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Commuter shuttles have become a larger part of San Francisco’s commute over the past few years, and they’ve garnered quite a bit of attention – to say the least.

The good news is that the regulations we put in place under our Commuter Shuttle Program have reduced their impacts on the city’s streets.  We’ve laid out the results of the program in our new report [pdf], as well as findings on the idea of creating concentrated shuttle “hubs” (more on that below).

The data we collected from April to September this year shows that shuttles are keeping more cars off the road, and that more shuttle operators are playing by the rules.

Commuter shuttle travelling on downtown city streets

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Starting this Friday, Ocean Avenue will see traffic detours and Muni re-routes for the 29 Sunset and 49 Van Ness/Mission near the Balboa Park BART/Muni Station.

These changes, expected to last one month, will be needed for the final phase of the Balboa Park Station Area and Plaza Improvements project, which will make the station safer and more accessible and help ensure reliable Muni service.

The construction, focused in the area around Ocean Avenue and Highway 280, will bring improvements to traffic signals and curb ramps, lighting for pedestrians, restored pavement and needed track replacement.

Bus at curb with "Balboa Park" station sign on the sidewalk.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Two photos show Bay Street before and after it was reconfigured. In the "before" photo, the street has four traffic lanes and cars parked parallel to the curb. In the "after" photo, it has two traffic lanes, and angled cars parked between the traffic lanes and curbside bike lanes.]
Bay Street, before and after the road diet.

Drivers now travel at calmer and safer speeds on a section of Bay Street in the Marina, which we reconfigured nearly a year ago with a road diet and parking-protected bike lane.

With our Bay Street Road Diet and Cycletrack project on three blocks of Bay (between Laguna and Fillmore streets), we visually narrowed the wide roadway, installed a speed hump and a curbside bike lanes, which is separated from vehicle traffic by back-in angled parking spaces.

Since the redesign went in last November, we’ve measured driving speeds on Bay to see how effectively it calmed traffic on the street, which runs next to Marina Middle School and Moscone Recreation Center.

Friday, September 30, 2016

An SFPD officer points a LIDAR device at passing vehicles to measure speeds on Folsom Street.
An SFPD officer uses a LIDAR device to measure driver speeds on Folsom Street in SoMa.

The next step in our city’s Safe Streets SF campaign starts in October with a new initiative to bring more strategic enforcement to curb speeding - and study its effectiveness - on San Francisco’s most speed-prone streets.

We announced the initiative at a press conference yesterday along with our partners at the San Francisco Police Department, the Department of Public Health, Supervisor Eric Mar and community advocates for safe streets.

“Achieving the city’s Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities means taking proactive steps to stop deadly crashes from happening,” said Ed Reiskin, our director of transportation.