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Monday, August 14, 2017

New Bike Lane and Muni Boarding Island at 11th and Harrison streets.

SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 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 features a presentation on and possible adoption of the SFMTA's 20-year Capital Plan.

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.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A view of 6th Street as it exists today, with four traffic lanes and people walking and biking across the street.

Help shape design details for a better 6th street at an open house meeting next Wednesday.

With the 6th Street Pedestrian Safety Project, we and SF Public Works aim to create a safer and more inviting place to walk, bike and drive on 6th, between Market and Brannan streets. In 2019, 6th Street is set to get improvements like wider sidewalks, more visible crosswalks, bike lanes, new traffic signals, as well as landscaping and street furniture.

The plans to reconfigure 6th Street’s roadway shaped by input collected through outreach efforts in 2013, and we’re now refining details on curbside parking and streetscape beautification. At next week’s open house, we’ll share the project proposal, information about the planning process, and ask for input on how to best designate curbside parking and loading zones. SF Public Works staff will be on hand to collect feedback on streetscape features like new pedestrian-oriented lighting, new trees and pavement treatments.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A car appears blurry as it moves through a crosswalk in a San Francisco intersection with pedestrians crossing in the background on Geneva Avenue.

Automated speed enforcement (ASE) is proven to reduce deadly speeding and crashes, but cities like San Francisco are prohibited from using it due to outdated state laws. In a recently published study, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) urged states like California to remove the legal barriers for cities to use this life-saving technology.

With an estimated 10,000 people killed in the country each year, and more injured, the NTSB’s study highlighted speed-related collisions as an urgent problem that has gone under-addressed.

Monday, July 24, 2017

22 Fillmore Muni bus on 16th Street.

Get ready for upgrades on 16th Street starting this year under the 22 Fillmore Transit Priority Project, part of Muni Forward. As we wrote last year, the project will bring improvements to make two miles of 16th safer while making Muni service on the 22 faster and more reliable. Amenities will include transit-only lanes, sidewalk extensions, transit boarding islands, accessible pedestrian signals, as well as trees and landscaping.

While the project will bring its most significant changes to the 22 route by 2020, 16th is getting initial improvements in the coming months. Work has already begun to add painted safety zones on the street and finish moving bike lanes from 16th to 17th Street.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

San Francisco City Hall viewed from Van Ness Avenue, with cars and a Muni trolley bus on the street.

This is a basic recap of items voted on and discussed by the SFMTA Board of Directors at its most recent meeting. SFMTA board meetings are usually held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month, and agendas are posted on the board’s webpage under “meetings” 72 hours in advance.

This list only includes items featured on the “Regular Calendar” section of the board agenda. See the full agenda for presentation materials and the rest of the items, which include routine board business, general public comment and “Consent Calendar” items, which are scheduled for a single vote without discussion.

You can also watch a video of this meeting and past SFMTA board meetings on SFGovTV.

Item 11: Geary Bus Rapid Transit

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Man biking in a parking-protected bike lane and transit boarding island on 7th Street.
Near-term improvements proposed for Folsom and Howard streets include elements similar to those in this parking-protected bike lane and transit boarding island on 7th Street.

Safety, loading and transit improvements are proposed for Folsom and Howard streets in the South of Market District this winter, and you can get a look at them at one of our two open house meetings next week.

The Folsom-Howard Streetscape Project will bring amenities to make SoMa safer and more pleasant to walk, bike, live and work in. However, implementing longer-term changes is expected to take more than five years to finalize the design, coordinate with utility work, change signal times and pour miles of concrete.  So when talking with neighbors, local businesses and those who use Folsom and Howard, we made a commitment to look at near-term safety improvements.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

People walking, biking and driving across Taylor Street at Eddy Street.

Starting with an open house next week, we’re kicking off the Safer Taylor Street project to shape a plan that will make Taylor safer and more equitable for everyone getting around.

For this project, the SFMTA, the Department of Public Health, San Francisco Public Works and the Planning Department will come together to collaborate with the community of residents, businesses, social services and advocacy organizations that care about Taylor to develop a new vision for the street.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Cable Car headed down Powell Street.

Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, June 20, 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 consideration of a new Shared Electric Moped Parking Permit program, street changes for the Potrero Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project, an update on the Van Ness Improvement Project and a presentation on the SF County Transportation Authority’s Transportation Network Company Activity Report.

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.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

This weekend will be a busy one, especially in the western part of the city, with the Haight-Ashbury Street FairSunday Streets in Golden Gate Park and the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon on Sunday. Read more about featured events below.

Haight-Ashbury Street Fair 2010
Looking west down Haight Street during the 2010 Haight-Ashbury Street Fair. Photo: bobnrenee/Flickr

Friday, June 2, 2017

Three photos of a newly-installed bicycle traffic signal and waiting area for left turns on The Embarcadero at North Point Street.
This week at The Embarcadero and North Point Street, we installed a new bicycle traffic signal and waiting area for left turns.

As we reimagine The Embarcadero as a better place to walk and bike along San Francisco's picturesque waterfront, we're installing a few initial upgrades this summer and measuring their impact.

The latest improvements came this week at The Embarcadero and North Point Street, where there's a new bicycle traffic signal and green-colored road markings to make left turns easier for people on bikes.

These kinds of small-scale upgrades add up to make streets safer, more comfortable and more intuitive for everyone to use. As we work with the community to develop a larger vision in the Embarcadero Enhancement Project, we wanted to make relatively quick, low-cost improvements that don't have to wait.

Here are the walking and biking improvements in store for The Embarcadero this summer – and those already in place.