Waterfront Transportation Assessment

Project Overview

Phase 1 Transportation Strategies

The Waterfront Transportation Assessment (WTA) has been a coordinated land use and transportation planning effort that began in late 2012 and was led by the SFMTA. Completed in August 2015, the WTA was conceived in response to a series of similarly timed major development proposals along the waterfront, all of which will depend on a safe and reliable transportation system to sustain them. Instead of transportation planning exclusively for any particular development, the Assessment looked at the transportation network within, between, and beyond the development boundaries to establish a comprehensive study area. The WTA included both qualitative and quantitative analyses. It incorporated extensive stakeholder outreach, and entailed regular citywide and regional coordination.

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The Waterfront Transportation Assessment (WTA) was a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) led transportation and land use planning effort that began in late 2012.  Wrapped up in Summer 2015, the WTA was conceived as a evaluation that focused on the comprehensive transportation network, in response to a series of similarly timed major development proposals along the waterfront, all which will depend on a safe and reliable transportation system to sustain them. The WTA included both qualitative and quantitative analyses.  It incorporated extensive stakeholder outreach, and entailed regular citywide and regional coordination.

The WTA was a comprehensive planning process through which the SFMTA worked in close partnership the Planning Department, the Port, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the community, and development sponsors. In addition to being led by stakeholder input, the WTA was also guided by key city policies and lessons learned from past planning efforts.

Phase 1: Transportation Goals & Strategies

Phase 1 of WTA looked at the transportation network along the entire waterfront to understand how the study area is served by all modes, to identify existing deficiencies, and to conceive of strategies that could would serve current needs and address future demand.  It was governed by key city transportation policies that have been developed as part of multiple local and regional plans, including the San Francisco General Plan, the Central Waterfront Area / East SoMa Plan, the San Francisco Transportation Plan, the Port of San Francisco Waterfront Land Use Plan, the MTC Transportation 2035 Plan, the BART Strategic Plan, the WETA Transition Plan, the Caltrain Strategic Plan, and the BCDC Strategic Plan.

It was guided by past planning projects, particularly the 34th America’s Cup People Plan[1], that set a precedent for transportation preparedness response to the episodic nature of waterfront destinations. The success of the People Plan in facilitating continuous multimodal transportation connections and preventing confusion and gridlock during one of the busiest event times in San Francisco was due namely to its transparent planning process, intradepartmental and regional coordination, and strategic multimodal transportation planning.

Phase 2: Transportation Needs & Solutions Analysis

Phase 2 was established to evaluate the transportation shortfalls in the waterfront transportation network, and to identify solutions to manage current and serve future transportation demand. The technical analysis was completed using advanced modeling tools by the SFCTA and their consultant. Phase 2 utilized a technical approach using travel demand corridors in San Francisco and regionally to identify a more holistic understanding of the root causes to transportation challenges in the waterfront. Understanding the root causes, allowed the WTA team to recommend transportation solutions. 

The WTA's technical analysis (Phase 2) asked: 

What would it take for the city to accommodate forecast increase in trips in 25 years in the SoMa/Mission Bay/Central Waterfront (Study Area)?

And it offered 3 answers:

  1. Continue to develop and implement localized network improvements 
  2. Advocate for full funding for critical transit capacity investments 
  3. Pursue next steps to define promising new infrastructure and policy

[1] Online: https://www.sfmta.com/sites/default/files/People%20Plan%20Final%20140129.pdf

The Assessment:

  • Developed smart partnerships with community stakeholders, local and regional transportation providers and project sponsors;
  • Used lessons from America’s Cup;
  • Considered timing of key planned transportation improvements;
  • Developed preliminary Transportation Strategies in advance of major Project EIRs; and
  • Conducted technical analysis to understand current and future demand, and to make recommendations to respond to that demand.

Some of the WAterfront Transportation Assessment's "Strategies to Solutions" include:

RELEVANT LOCAL & regional trasnportation planning:

COMMUNITY outreach:

The Assessment included extensive outreach to stakeholders throughout the city in the form of transportation meetings, workshops, presentations and an Open House.

Between 2011 and 2012, the SFMTA collected feedback from the community on transportation to create the “People Plan” for the America’s Cup event. The feedback from America's Cup translated into the initial outreach for the Waterfront Transportation Assessment kick-off meeting on October 30, 2012.  Since that meeting, the Waterfront Transportation Assesssment led and/or attended dozens of meetings with community stakeholders, development project stakeholders, advisory committees, advocacy groups, neighborhood and businsess associations, and homeowners associations.  

Please visit the Documents & Reports link to view more information and find notes and presentations from past meetings.

​Major Projects (partial list)

  1. Golden State Warriors’ Arena - Mission Bay
  2. SWL 337 & Pier 48 - Mission Rock
  3. Pier 70

Our Partners

Our primary coordination and communications include a host of partnerships with community stakeholders, local and regional transportation providers and project sponsors. This list includes the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, The Port of San Francisco, The Planning Department, BART, Caltrain, WETA, MTC and various other community and project development partners.

For More Information

Documents

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PDF August 2015 - FINAL REPORT: SoMa / Mission Bay / Central Waterfront Transportation Needs and Solutions1.72 MB
PDF August 2015 - FINAL REPORT: Appendix1.55 MB
PDF 08/12/15 Community Meeting Presentation2.68 MB
PDF Waterfront Transportation Assessment Fact Sheet695.58 KB
PDF November 2014 Transportation Strategy Matrix183.47 KB
PDF Community Concerns - Living Document - December 2013144.99 KB
PDF Overview of How Different Pieces of Waterfront Planning Fit Together1.33 MB
PDF 03/25/14 Port Commission WTA Update and Pilots Overview3.34 MB
PDF 03/20/12 Maritime Commerce Advisory Committee1.09 MB
PDF 03/19/14 Piers 30-32 Transportation Subcommittee Meeting Presentation2.5 MB
PDF 02/19/14 Waterfront Transportation Pilots Presentation1.62 MB
PDF Draft Transportation Strategies - Living Document - November 2013169.92 KB
PDF "Screen" Goals & Objectives - Living Document - Dec 2012169.89 KB
PDF Draft Report - July 2013 - Waterfront Transportation Assessment3.05 MB
PDF 10/30/12 Community Meeting Presentation Boards3.69 MB
PDF 10/30/12 Community Input Inventory through Oct. 29, 2012185.56 KB
PDF 10/30/12 Community Meeting Top 6 Concerns by Table958.54 KB
PDF 10/30/12 General Feedback Summary424.78 KB
PDF 11/13/12 Port Commission presentation3.6 MB
PDF 12/04/12 Community Meeting Agenda40.42 KB
PDF 12/04/12 Community Meeting Presentation - Preliminary Transportation Strategies2.25 MB
PDF 12/04/12 Community Meeting Notes & Sign in Sheet575.74 KB
PDF 01/24/13 Community Feedback Summary provided to Environmental Planning on behalf of the SF Port's Piers 30-33 CAC444.35 KB
PDF 03/05/13 SFMTA Board of Directors presentation7.09 MB
PDF 03/26/13 SPUR Lunchtime Forum presentation6.47 MB
PDF 04/29/13 Fisherman's Wharf CBD - Americal's Cup and Waterfront Transportation Assessment presentation5.62 MB
PDF 06/13/13 SFMTA Taxi Division Workshop notes & meeting summary689.49 KB
PDF 07/12/13 Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant Association presentation1.57 MB
PDF 07/24/13 Piers 30-32 CAC Transportation Subcommittee presentation5.24 MB
PDF 07/24/12 Piers 30-32 CAC Transportation Subcommittee - Transportation Strategies Matrix Summary Board720.11 KB
PDF 08/21/13 Piers 30-32 CAC Transportation Subcommittee Agenda116.24 KB
PDF 08/21/13 Piers 30-32 Transportation Subcommittee - Preliminary Site-specific relevant Transportation Strategies270.94 KB
PDF 09/05/13 SFMTA Board of Directors CAC presentation3 MB
PDF 10/03/13 Selection from Annotated Transportation Strategies Matrix for revew at the Transportat321.34 KB
PDF 01/24/13 Community Feedback Memo to Environmental Planning443.44 KB
PDF 07/01/13 First Draft Strategies Matrix130.11 KB
PDF 11/21/13 Community Open House Presentation5.53 MB
PDF 11/21/13 Community Open House Agenda100.1 KB
PDF 11/21/13 Community Open House Sign-in240.49 KB
PDF Draft Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Strategies - Living Document - July 201371.14 KB
PDF Related document -- SFMTA Dogpatch Parking Data Report 20131.76 MB
PDF Related document -- SFMTA Showplace Square and Potrero Hill Parking Data Report 20132.27 MB
PDF 10/30/12 Community Mtg #1 - Presentation Boards3.69 MB
PDF 10/30/12 Community Mtg #1 - Breakout Table Top Concerns958.54 KB
PDF 10/30/12 Community Mtg #1 - Meeting Notes140.3 KB
PDF 12/04/12 Community Mtg #2 - Meeting Annoucement141.98 KB
PDF 12/04/12 Community Mtg #2 - Presentation Boards1.99 MB
PDF 12/04/12 Community Mtg #2 - Sign-in Sheets272.24 KB
PDF 12/04/12 Community Mtg #2 - Meeting Notes320.99 KB
PDF 03/05/2013 SFMTA Board (MTAB) Meeting Presentation5.26 MB
PDF Approach to Waterfront Transportation Planning, Analysis & Solutions1.09 MB
PDF 02/16/14 Muni Pilot Programs Floated to Improve Transit Along the Waterfront, SF Chronicle655.38 KB
PDF OEWD FAQ: Warriors Move to Mission Bay390.19 KB

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