Western Addition Community-Based Transportation Plan (WACBTP)

Project Overview

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The Western Addition Community-Based Transportation Plan (WACBTP) is a community participation fueled transportation planning effort that is part of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's broader Bay Area-wide program. The project is a partnership between SFMTA as the lead agency, District 5 Supervisor Breed, Mo'MAGIC, and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA). The project will focus on neighborhood-level transportation improvements with an emphasis on enhancing walking, biking, and taking transit in the Western Addition neighborhood. The WACBTP will include a neighborhood conceptual design and implementation/funding strategy. The plan will be used to compete for local and regional funding to implement transportation improvements in the area within approximately one to five years. The project's community participation process will hopefully further empower the community in bettering their neighborhood streets. The overall goal of the project is to improve community transportation options and thus enhance access to more employment and education opportunities.

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Project Details


The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has identified Communities of Concern (CoC) throughout the nine county Bay Area region. MTC's Community Based Transportation Planning (CBTP) grants, one of which will fund the Western Addition Community-Based Transportation Plan, are intended to support community-based planning in the CoC to help build a pipeline of projects that can compete for MTC and other funds.  The objectives of MTC's CBTP grant program aligns closely with the Transportation Authority's Neighborhood Transportation Improvement Program (NTIP), which will provide the Prop K funds to match the MTC grant. 

Project Background

The Western Addition is a traditionally underserved Community of Concern (CoC) with a high concentration of low-income housing and, as a historic center of San Francisco's African-American community, a large population of minority residents. As a legacy of urban renewal projects in the 20th century, the neighborhood has a number of wide streets, such as Geary Boulevard and Webster Street, and one-way streets, including Turk Street that encourage high vehicle speeds and are detrimental to pedestrian safety.

Project Need

The Western Addition is centrally located within San Francisco and is frequently used by through traffic. Many of the neighborhood’s wide streets encourage high vehicle speeds and have been identified as high-injury corridors by Vision Zero, a policy and effort to eliminate all traffic-related fatalities by 2024. The area has one dedicated bike lane on Webster Street and two bike routes along Post and McAllister Streets. However increasing bicycle volumes in the area, may warrant a need for additional bike infrastructure.

Project Description and Benefits

The Western Addition CBTP will foster collaboration between local residents, community-based organizations, and local governments as well as build community capacity by involving community-based organizations in the planning process. A key objective of the plan is to work with community partners to identify transportation needs and create a blueprint for implementation by developing and prioritizing transportation improvements from the community's perspective. In order to assess these needs, the study will include three rounds of public outreach, data collection, and the development and evaluation of up to three conceptual design alternatives. The community outreach process will involve residents in identifying and prioritizing key transportation goals in the Western Addition, such as enhanced pedestrian conditions, streetscape vitality, increased transit service efficiency, and parking management. Community members will help to identify opportunities in how to achieve those transportation goals in order to develop a conceptual plan for the area. Potential project concepts for development could include pedestrian improvements along Geary Boulevard or traffic calming along Webster Street, Turk Street, or surrounding John Muir Elementary.  The SFMTA will use the community’s input to develop a final conceptual plan that will include conceptual engineering drawings along with funding and implementation strategies.


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