Transportation Plans, Programs & Strategies
The SFMTA develops fleet, facilities, bicycle, pedestrian, transit, taxi, and parking long range operational and capital plans that provide a needs assessment based on performance criteria and ability to meet goals. The SFMTA’s long range capital and operations plans provide the prioritization of capital and operating resources to meet those needs.
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What are long range transportation plans and what do they mean for San Francisco?
The U.S. Department of Transportation requires Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to create long range transportation plans as prioritization documents for how state and federal funds will be used over a 25-year period. These plans also are consistent with federal policies and include regional or local policies and performance outcomes. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Bay Area’s MPO, is responsible for the development of the Regional Transportation Plan every four to five years. Recent passage of California’s Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008 (Senate Bill 375) requires regional planning agencies in California to partner with each other to develop a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) to integrate a region’s housing, employment, transportation and energy needs. The Bay Area’s first SCS released in 2012 is known as Plan Bay Area.
In addition to the regional plans, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) is the designated congestion management agency for the City and County of San Francisco and develops the 25-year long range transportation plan. The SFMTA and SFCTA are collaborating on the development of the San Francisco Transportation Plan, drawing heavily from regional planning efforts, demographic projections and local long-term land use development plans. The City’s Department of the Environment develops the outlining the key greenhouse gas emission reduction opportunities and focus areas to meet our local and state climate protection goals. The SFMTA’s Climate Action Strategy (CAS) for the city's transportation system was used to create the transportation chapter of the citywide CAS.
The SFMTA develops fleet, facilities, bicycle, pedestrian, transit, taxi, and parking long range operational and capital plans that provide a needs assessment based on performance criteria and ability to meet goals. The SFMTA’s long range capital and operations plans provide the prioritization of capital and operating resources to meet those needs. Lastly, the City’s 10-Year Capital Program and the SFMTA’s 5-Year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) includes those multimodal capital needs that can be delivered in that funding timeframe and provides the framework for our team’s work priorities.
The development of the six-year Strategic Plan is the first attempt to integrate and create consistency with all the plans the Agency develops or contributes to. It is an on-going workplan to meet the mid- and long-term goals of the Agency and is the basis for the two-year capital and operating budgets to meet the strategic goals and objectives. This integration is a first for the Agency and forms the basis for ensuring that the two-year capital and operating budgets support the strategic goals and objectives. Once these capital and operational budgets are approved, each division within the Agency will use the budgets to prioritize work products and include performance measures for each employee through a performance evaluation plan. Each division will have a unique role to play and lead elements of the Strategic Plan. This framework provides a continuous link from the employee to Agency policy and to city, regional, state and federal goals to ensure consistency and accountability at all levels. The SFMTA is in the process of developing an Annual Mobility Report to track progress and determine corrective actions as necessary.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Federal, State and Regional & City Long Range Transportation Plans:
- US Department of Transportation: Federal Transit Administration & Federal Highway Administration
- California Department of Transportation (Caltrans): California Transportation Plan 2025
- Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC): Transportation 2035 - Change in Motion
- Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) & the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC): Sustainable Communities Strategy - Plan Bay Area
- City & County of San Francisco: 10-Year San Francisco Capital Plan
- San Francisco County Transportation Authority: San Francisco Transportation Plan
- San Francisco Planning Department: San Francisco General Plan | Transportation Element
- San Francisco Department of the Environment: Climate Action
SFMTA LONG RANGE PLANS & STRATEGIES:
- FY2013 - FY2018 SFMTA Strategic Plan
- 20-Year Capital Plan
- 5-Year Capital Improvement Program
- 2011 Draft Climate Action Strategy
- Two-year Capital and Operating Budget
In addition to these comprehensive plans and strategies, the SFMTA and its partners are working on specific programs either by mode or by function. The following documents relate to the key mode.
- Public Transit: 2030 Transit Vision, Fleet Plan, Facilities Plan, Transit Effectiveness Project, Travel Time Reduction Program, Transit Signal Priority Program (SFGo)
- Walking: Better Streets Plan, Pedestrian Strategy, Walk First Program, Sunday Streets Program
- Bicycling: 2006 Bicycle Plan, 2013 Bicycle Strategy, 2011 State of Cycling,
- Taxi: Electronic Dispatch, Training, Toplights
- Transportation Demand Management: Transportation Demand Management Program for America’s Cup, Muni Partners Program, SFpark, Carsharing program, Mobility and Access Pricing, Citywide Wayfinding, Urban Planning Initatives
- Previous Plans: Plans and strategies that have been updated or replaced.