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Townsend Street Safety Proposals Up for Approval on Nov. 6

SFMTA Board of Directors Meeting

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 1:00 pm
San Francisco City Hall, Room 400
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

On Tuesday, November 6, the SFMTA Board of Directors will consider approving a variety of street safety improvements on Townsend Street.

The SFMTA’s Townsend Corridor Improvement Project proposes a safer and more organized Townsend Street. Key safety proposals include:

  • New and repaved protected bikeways between 4th and 8th streets
  • New and repaved pedestrian walkways between 5th and 7th streets and a new sidewalk island between 4th and 5th streets
  • More visible intersections and upgraded crosswalks
  • Improved commercial and passenger loading, including eight additional passenger loading zones and six additional yellow commercial loading zones

For more about the project, please visit the project webpage at Illustrations of the proposed concepts can also be viewed online.

We invite you to attend and share your thoughts about these changes. If you unable to attend, your feedback is still more than welcome! Please send your comments to Cameron Beck by email at or the Office of the SFMTA Board of Directors by the methods below.

(415) 701-4505

Email: with subject line “Townsend”

Board of Directors
One South Van Ness Avenue, 7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103-5417

Check here for the agenda when it becomes available.

Upcoming Street Repaving:

While the Townsend Corridor Improvement Project is still pending SFMTA Board approval, partial repaving of the street between 5th and 7th streets is set to occur over two upcoming weekends: Tuesday, October 30 through Tuesday, November 13.

During these times, temporary tow-away zones will be established to remove parked vehicles and allow crews space to complete construction. During construction, one travel lane in each direction will remain open at all times. Temporary loading zones will be established for commercial loading, passenger loading, and tour bus loading on both sides of Townsend Street west of 5th Street. The Ford GoBike station at Townsend and 5th Street will be temporarily relocated during construction.