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L Taraval Improvement Project Update

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Group photo with NTK Construction, SFMTA project staff, MTA Board Director Sharon Lai, Owner of Rolling out Cafe, Supervisor Gordon Mar and MTA Director of Transportation Jeff Tumlin outside Rolling Out Cafe on Taraval and 26th after the Media Roundtable for L Taraval Improvement Project Segment B

Roundtable at the Community Parklet Shares Project Updates 

This past week, the SFMTA hosted a media roundtable discussing updates about the L Taraval Improvement Project at the community parklet located in front of the The Rolling Out Café on Taraval St.  

Segment B construction began in February 2022 and is scheduled to be completed Fall 2024. Sewer and water infrastructure work is currently taking place. Future work includes track work, overhead line work, the construction of new boarding islands and streetscape improvements.   

On hand to answer questions and provide updates was District Four Supervisor Gordon Mar, SFMTA Board Director Sharon Lai and Director of Transportation Jefferey Tumlin.  

The Roundtable 

Supervisor Mar opened the discussion by highlighting the many benefits that the local community will receive with the planned infrastructure upgrades along the corridor. These benefits include:  

  • Replacing sewer and water lines to allow for longer longevity of utility lines 

  • Track upgrades resulting in a smoother ride and less noise for residents and merchants  

  • New safety boarding islands for safer boarding and off boarding for Muni customers and for ADA compliance  

  • Sidewalk bulbouts and pedestrian crossing at intersections for enhanced visibility and to make pedestrian crossing safer  

We value our community partnerships, frequently provide updates and listen to and address community needs and concerns from individual residents and community organizations like the People of Parkside (POPS). As part of the community outreach for project updates, we utilize media in multiple languages, develop multilingual printed materials, use social media, post web updates on project pages and send out email and text updates to subscribers to keep the community informed about potential impacts. Director Tumlin reminded everyone that we depend on our community partners for the success of this project. The partnership is what has led the way during the planning, design and construction of the entire L Taraval Improvement Project. 

A construction mitigation program is active for the project to help lessen the impacts to residents and local businesses during construction. The program integrates construction mitigation measures such as dust mitigation, traffic control, and loading, delivery and parking assistance mitigation. The SFMTA in partnership with the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) will support small businesses with resources and a suite of services such as free consulting, technical assistance, and the creation of a business action plan. A small business working group has been formed as part of the project and will develop a marketing campaign specific to the businesses in the Taraval neighborhood.  

The Community Parklet 

Designated as a public space for the neighborhood and Parkside’s first parklet, the community parklet in front of the Rolling Out Café located at 1722 Taraval St. between 27th and 28th avenues was built as a community effort.  Demonstrating tenacity, proprietor Bruno Tse of The Rolling Out Café drove fundraising efforts to solicit and secure the donations and funding needed to complete the parklet. Since its opening in 2016, he has also taken care of the upkeep. Slated for removal this month for the duration of construction, the parklet will be rebuilt once the project is completed. The unique design elements and plaques with contributors’ names have been saved and will be incorporated into the new structure.   

The L Taraval Improvement Project 

The L Taraval Improvement Project is a multi-agency collaboration with the SF Public Utilities Commission and the Department of Public Works to improve and upgrade the aging infrastructure to make pedestrian crossing safer, increase accessibility and improve transit reliability.  

To follow the progress of this project as we move into the next phase, please visit the project webpage and sign up for updates.  

For questions or comments, please email LTaravalProject@SFMTA.com or call 415.646.4771.