How your feedback has shaped the Geary Boulevard Improvement Project
Thank you to the hundreds of people who weighed in on the Geary Boulevard Improvement Project proposals over two rounds of outreach! Your input has made this project one that better serves the many needs of the Richmond community.
Spring 2021: The SFMTA conducted a merchant loading survey to help identify where curb space changes, such as new commercial loading zones, additional short-term parking or pickup zones, could improve access for businesses.
Fall 2021, Outreach Round 1: We held an online open house and asked neighbors about their general priorities for the Geary corridor, such as preference for transit improvements vs. parking availability and proposed bus stop changes.
Winter 2022: Published the Round 1 Outreach Summary detailing what we heard. We used this initial input from community members to draft the detailed project design, which included some project modifications based on feedback.
Spring 2022, Outreach Round 2: Published block-by-block drawings of the draft detailed proposal. A second round of outreach was conducted to seek feedback on this detailed design, including a survey, pop-up events and open houses hosted at locations on or near Geary Boulevard.
Summer 2022: Published the Round 2 Outreach Summary detailing what we heard.
Late 2022 – early 2023: In response to Round 2 feedback, the project team has included additional refinements into the final project proposal that will be considered by the SFMTA Board of Directors for approval in 2023. Learn about next steps and additional opportunities to share feedback by signing up for project updates via email or text.
Design changes made in response to community feedback
Bus stop changes
What was Proposed: To improve transit performance for the 38 and 38R Geary lines, several bus stops were proposed to be relocated across the street, to the far side of the intersection.
What We Heard: While the majority of survey respondents indicated support for all of the proposed bus stop changes, some merchants expressed concerns that relocating the 17th and 25th Avenue outbound bus stops to the west side of the intersection could make access to adjacent businesses more difficult and would further reduce parking on these high-activity blocks.
What We Did: Updated the proposal to retain the 38 Geary local 17th Avenue outbound and 38 Geary local/38R Geary Rapid 25th Avenue outbound bus stops in their current locations. We are now proposing to extend the bus zone lengths of these stops to meet Muni standards, thereby making it more likely that buses can pull over curbside to pick up and drop off passengers.
Parking and loading supply
What was Proposed: In order to accommodate transit and safety improvements, the Geary Boulevard Improvement Project includes some reduction in on-street parking supply on Geary Boulevard.
What We Heard: Parking in the Richmond can be difficult and providing customers curbside access to businesses is important.
What We Did: After Outreach Round 1, we proposed three tools to respond to feedback: 1) Reducing the number of parking spaces removed on Geary Boulevard and adding parking supply on some side streets near Geary; 2) A new proposal to extend parking meter operation hours to include nights and Sundays to increase parking availability during those times; and 3) Development of a curb plan to modify commercial and passenger loading zones to support businesses. These three tools were shared during outreach Round 2, where further feedback led to modifying the curb plan and dropping the proposal to extend meter hours (more details below).
Evening and Sunday meter expansion
What was Proposed: To increase parking availability for people visiting businesses or making other short-term trips, the project proposed introducing new weekday evening (6-10pm) and Sunday (12-6pm) metering on Geary Boulevard between 14th and 28th avenues.
What We Heard: Stakeholders expressed a variety of concerns with the proposal, including:
A majority of respondents (over 70%) indicated they were probably or definitely opposed to the proposal;
There was concern about the impact that such a policy could have on the relative competitiveness of the Geary merchant corridor as compared to other merchant corridors without extended metering; and
There was concern about the timing of implementing such a policy during a sensitive COVID economic recovery period.
What We Did: Dropped parking meter expansion from the project proposals.
What was Proposed: The original proposal included standard safety treatments such as pedestrian bulb-outs, daylighting, center median refuges and additional time for people walking to cross the street.
What We Heard: Several respondents cited the traffic collision rates on Geary and their experiences walking along the corridor and requested additional safety treatments, particularly to improve left-turns.
What We Did: After outreach Round 1, we introduced treatments for left-turns, similar to what was successfully implemented at 3rd and 7th avenues in 2013, where one left-turn is prohibited at each intersection to make the remaining left-turns safer for cars and pedestrians. After Outreach Round 2, we further revised this proposal to adjust the left-turn restrictions at 22nd and 23rd avenues based on feedback received.
Early proposal (left) and revised left-turn restriction proposals (right) at 22nd and 23rd avenues
Business support and construction mitigation
What We Heard: As businesses continue to recover from the pandemic, there were concerns about construction disruption and impacts to Shared Space parklets that would need to be rebuilt to work with the proposed new street design.
What We Did: The SFMTA met with business leaders and individual businesses to continue the conversation. We committed to cover the costs for any modifications needed to Shared Space parklets that are directly impacted by the project. Working with the Office of Economic and Workplace Development (OEWD), we continue to refine the construction mitigation and business support plan, and plan to engage further with local merchants before the project is implemented. (See more under “Information on construction impacts and mitigation" below.)
Additional project information requested
This section addresses requests for additional project data on the following topics.
Information on construction impacts and mitigation
Many stakeholders had questions or concerns about construction impacts. The SFMTA project team is still coordinating with other city agencies, including the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and San Francisco Public Works (Public Works), who may choose to combine work so the street is only dug up once. Much of SFPUC’s water and sewer lines under Geary Boulevard are over 100 years old and are due to be replaced in the near future. How much of SFPUC’s potential work is combined with the transportation project will have a significant impact on the overall duration of construction. Once the coordinated scope is finalized later this year, a more detailed schedule and description of impacts will be shared.
In the meantime, here is some additional information on what could be expected during construction. After proposed Quick Build implementation in 2023, it is likely that construction of civil improvements would begin sometime by 2025. SFMTA’s scope would involve construction at spot locations, such as for intersection corner bulb-outs and traffic signal upgrades. Disruption on any individually affected block would typically be six to eight weeks and total construction duration would last approximately one year. Depending on the scale of SFPUC work combined with the project, the durations of specific disruption and overall duration would be longer.
The city is committed to minimizing the construction impacts of the project and would implement a comprehensive suite of mitigation strategies modeled on what has been done for past projects. This would include:
Construction forecasts sent via email, text and online.
Dedicated project hotline and email.
Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) services.
Custom corridor signage.
Marketing component to be determined by merchants, such as advertising campaigns, producing and distributing business directories, or other ideas determined by affected merchants.
Block-by-block parking impacts charts
The block-by-block drawings of project proposals include before and after conditions that allow the viewer to see where parking is added or removed, but in order to understand the net change in parking on a block, the viewer needs to count the change in parking spots.
To complement the drawings, the chart below illustrates additions or subtractions of parking on each block of Geary as well as new parking proposed to be created on side streets by converting some parallel parking to angled parking. *Side street parking additions are pending San Francisco Fire Department review.
Block-by-Block Parking Changes: 34th Avenue to Commonwealth
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