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Building Progress: Nov. 9 Open House About Facilities Needed to Keep SF Moving

Thursday, November 2, 2017

New Muni trolley buses fill the Potrero bus yard.

Over the last several years, the SFMTA has made historic investments in our Muni fleet. It is now one of the cleanest and most modern in the nation. Unfortunately, the locations where we house and repair this fleet are old, outdated and will eventually be over-capacity. In fact, some our facilities are 100 years old, meaning they lack modern standards for equipment and technology that can make sure that maintenance, cleaning and other activities are done safely and efficiently. If left unaddressed, a lack of modern facilities will prevent essential operations necessary for serving the public. That’s why the SFMTA is launching the Building Progress Program to identify necessary upgrades and expansions.

Over a series of open house meetings, we’ll discuss the critical need to modernize SFMTA facilities like Muni bus and rail yards, maintenance shops, and paratransit facilities.

Building Progress First Open House:

Thursday, Nov. 9., 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
San Francisco Public Main Library Latino/Hispanic Community Room
100 Larkin Street

Through our multi-year initiative to improve transit, Muni Forward, the SFMTA has increased service by more than 330,000 hours annually, the largest increase in service since the Market Street Subway opened in the 1970s. We have also been replacing and expanding the Muni fleet to provide better transportation. As a result, by 2030 we’ll have more than 62 buses and 46 light rail vehicles than can fit in our current facilities.

In addition to finding space to house more vehicles, the program will improve our transportation system’s resiliency to climate change and seismic events. It will allow us to be a better neighbor in the parts of the city that currently host our facilities, through potential beautification, noise reduction and with joint uses that work with site needs and support community goals.

For those who are unable to attend this first meeting, we will host additional open houses near facilities that are scheduled for modernization. The first major sites outlined in the Building Progress Program are the Potrero Yard, situated between Mariposa and 17th Street and Bryant and Hampshire, and the potential expansion for bus maintenance of Muni Metro East, off of Cesar Chavez and 3rd Street.

These meetings will be used to share information about how the SFMTA facility modernization will impact the community and to solicit input:

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6 to 8 p.m., near Muni Metro East
Potrero Power Plant Electrical Shop
420 23rd Street 

Thursday, Jan. 18, 6 to 8 p.m., near Potrero Yard
Sports Basement
1590 Bryant Street

To get more information and ongoing updates about the Building Progress Program, please visit the project page to sign up for our mailing list.